Sign marking the petroglyphs near Murphy's Well
The hill behind the sign - see the panel on the left side of the rocks?
Scrambled up to the panel for a better view. Mostly abstract patterns.
The road near Murphy's Well
The dry floor of Lost Lake
Looking out across Lost Lake
We visited Lost Lake to find a site I only knew as the 'Fertility Cave'. Thor is ready to help us find it.
High above the dry bed of Lost Lake, we poke through the volcanic rocks to locate the 'cave'. David finally finds it and calls down to me.
Opal Mountain is not far away.
Looking down on our truck on Lost Lake. Don't drive here after rain!
Very close to the cave.
Found it. Bill Mann's book describes this as a fertility cave, though there is no specific meaning attributed to the marks on the rock.
Looking inside the 'cave' (really a space between large boulders) - Bill Mann says that the pockmarked rock used to face inward towards this cave until it was shifted in an earthquake.
It was a very difficult rock to photograph due to the angles and the sun.
Close up of the marks in the rock. The wider round petroglyph style markings were maybe 2 inches across. The deeper marks were marble sized.
Back at the truck with Mighty Thor
Next we head over to Opal Mountain
Along the way, we stopped at another Bill Mann noted site, these 'Indian Circles'
We decided to climb Opal Mountain, a quick walk up a steep gravel road.
Opal Mountain's name comes from the healthy veins of opal running through the hills. There is some good rock hounding back here.
Thor says, hurry up!
This peak looked very cool from a distance. Had to look it up - it's Fremont Peak, NE of Kramer Junction. Wanna go.
Steep gravel roads. Not my favorite terrain, but it was a quick peak to tag and enjoy the view from.
Thor bags his first peak!
Thor is happy to be on his first (of many...) peaks! Good boy.
View to the north-ish
David and Thor far below on the 2-track that leads off the summit.
Slocum mountain in the distance, behind the boundary of Ft Irwin
After climbing Opal Mountain we found some nice looking rocks and started to explore. Found lots of varieties of opal.
Thor after a big morning of exploring and hiking. Passed out in the truck.
Next, we went to an area called Inscription Canyon for the petroglyphs.
A faded glyph
Almost looks like a paw print - bear? Mountain lion?
Panel of Sheep and corn
Close up of sheep in shadows
More abstract shapes near the sheep
Wide shot of the glyphs in Inscription Canyon