Shortly after leaving the dead end parking, we see some interesting colors and patterns in the hills around us.
The access to Desolation Canyon is a short distance south of Golden Canyon down a nondescript dirt road. The road dead ends where it was washed out in the 2004 floods, then it is cross-country to the canyon for about half a mile.
The walk to the mouth of the canyon crosses extremely desolate terrain. Very little plant life around here.
Nice erosion patterns in the hills.
Looking back into Death Valley
At the mouth of Desolation Canyon. This canyon looked so much like scenes from Star Wars that I had to look it up when I got home - yup, scenes were filmed here. In fact, this canyon has earned the unofficial name "Bantha Canyon"
David heading into the canyon
The walls of this canyon are relatively shallow compared to many others, they are made of solidified mud rather than a more solid rock.
Crumbling canyon wall
Some different hues in the mud walls occasionally stand out.
David in Desolation Canyon
Short scramble in the canyon - there were a couple of little scrambly dry falls, but nothing difficult.
David working his way up one of the dry falls
David investigates a jumble of boulders blocking the way. Yes, it's passable, again with some minimal climbing skills
Erosion patterns in Desolation Canyon
Close up of solidified mud with embedded pebbles and rocks
My favorite shot from our visit to desolation canyon
Back out into the more eroded area - the place was just decimated in the 2004 floods. There used to be a road/trailhead here.
Heading back to the car
View again to the north
We made a quick stop at the Badwater pullout before heading on to Sidewinder Canyon
Closeup of the Valley floor at Badwater
At the entrance to Sidewinder Canyon