Black Rock Desert Area, High Rock Canyon – June 1, 2016

View along High Rock Canyon

We left on Wednesday morning to visit High Rock Canyon. We tried to go there two years ago, but it was closed at the time. The High Rock Canyon area is closed from February 1 until the second weekend in May to protect Big Horn Sheep lambing and raptor nesting.

The sign for High Rock Canyon at the South entrance.

The sign for High Rock Canyon at the South entrance.

This year the road is open.

High Rock Canyon

The road into High Rock Canyon is mostly loose soil with rocks and shrubs close to the side of the road. We keep our eyes out for anything too close to us. At one point, we thought we went over a rock.

Native Americans arrived here 10,000 BC. This emigrant wagon road is part of the Applegate Cutoff heading to Oregon. It was used in the mid-1800s. We stopped at a well used cave.

Jon checking out a cave.

Jon checking out a cave.

When we stopped, we noticed that whatever we hit did some significant damage to the two lower boxes on the passenger side.

A view of the Fuso along the High Rock Canyon. Two of the lower boxes are significantly damaged. No idea what caused it.

A view of the Fuso along the High Rock Canyon. Two of the lower boxes are significantly damaged. No idea what caused it.

Since there wasn’t anything we could do about the damage, we continued down the road. The brush became more significant.

A view of the surrounding area from the High Rock Canyon Road

A view of the surrounding area from the High Rock Canyon Road

We reached one point where we had to do a little rock crawling to get down a ledge. We passed by a guy camping. He came out here every year to spend some time in this area. He didn’t think that we would be able to make it through the Narrows. It is a tight spot between a large rock and the canyon wall. He did reassure us that there was a place to stop and turn around before we reached it.

High Rock Canyon - the Narrows. We have to back up to get out of the tight spot.

High Rock Canyon – the Narrows. We have to back up to get out of the tight spot.

We reached a point where we couldn’t go any further. There is really thick brush on both sides. The canyon wall on the right is really close and slopes into the road. On the left side, there is another big rock surrounded by small trees and brush. It is so tight that we can’t see behind us in any of the mirrors. We have to back up about 50 yards in all of this stuff before we reach a point where we can turn around.

The view of the area we need to back down to get turned around when we reached the Narrows. We have to get past the large shrubs before turning around.

The view of the area we need to back down to get turned around when we reached the Narrows. We have to get past the large shrubs before turning around.

After getting out of the vehicle and looking over the area. I stayed behind the vehicle. We have radios and the Fuso has a backup camera to help us back up. It took a while, but we finally got turned around.

On our way back, we stopped at a historic engraved rock.

Historic Rock Engraving from the Pioneer trail through the High Rock Canyon.

Historic Rock Engraving from the Pioneer trail through the High Rock Canyon.

We climbed up into the canyon next to it.

A view of the canyon that we climbed up.

A view of the canyon that we climbed up.

It is really difficult to climb up due to all of the loose rock. Jon kept climbing. I stopped at the top of the scree. It was a great view.

View from the highest point I climbed up in the canyon wall.

View from the highest point I climbed up in the canyon wall.

Jon climbed to the top of the canyon.

Jon is the little tiny dark dot to the right of the small pointy rock in the area between the two large prominences.

Jon is the little tiny dark dot to the right of the small pointy rock in the area between the two large prominences.

The geology is very interesting to see up close.

Looking up at the canyon wall.

Looking up at the canyon wall.

There were a lot of wildflowers, too.

Lots of wildflowers.

Lots of wildflowers.

We headed back to the southern entrance of the High Rock Canyon. We didn’t find what caused the damage to the lower boxes of the Fuso.

We made a detour back to our campsite before heading down the eastern side of the Black Rock Playa. We plan to stop at the Hardin City ruins and Double Hot Springs. We hope to camp at Black Rock Hot Springs tonight.

 

 

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