Death Canyon

Hello again everyone.

The Death Canyon hike is much like you would expect.  Long and uphill.  Both ways.  Its no wonder people have died on this hike.  How many?  I dunno.  I thought it best not to check either before or after the hike.  Assume it was enough for them to name the trailhead “Death Canyon Trailhead”.  We did not let that stop us!!

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Jane and the Old Lady planning my demise.

The first thing I will say about the Death Canyon hike is that you can’t be shy about driving the unimproved dirt road all the way back to the trailhead.  If you think you have to take the first available parking space, you will increase the length of the hike by as much as a mile and a half.  That, by itself, could kill you.  So, don’t be stupid, just keep driving until you can’t drive anymore.  Then find a parking spot.

The second thing I will say about the Death Canyon hike is that on a bright sunny day it is advisable to carry as little as possible (other than water and food).  There is no need of a jacket (in the summer).  You will otherwise overheat and die.

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The Old Lady loved this hike!

The third thing I will say about the Death Canyon hike is that you should pre-hydrate.  That means drink a lot of water before you begin hiking.  Then use what you carry to maintain.  If you start off dehydrated, you are sure to die, regardless of how much water you carry and drink during the hike.

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Phelps Lake from the aptly named Phelps Lake Overlook.

The last thing I will say is that it is a beautiful hike with an overlook of Phelps Lake, many flowers and fauna, and sheer canyon walls.  It is a wonder to behold … and well worth the effort.

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Indian Paintbrush

When you return from the hike you will be nearly dead.  My advice for a swift recovery is to head directly to the ice cream stand at Dornan’s and have a two scoop cone … one scoop of chocolate and one scoop of moose tracks in a waffle cone.  Delightful.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

PS.  Please be aware that the road leading to the trailhead is a one lane road that allows for traffic in both directions.  That means when two cars are coming from opposite directions some amount of cooperation is required for them to safely pass each other.  Otherwise, you could have a head on collision and die from that.

On our way down the road after the hike, we encountered a Dick from Idaho.  He was in a hurry.  We weren’t.  We wanted to cooperate.  He did not.  I backed up.  He drove forward.  He didn’t think I had backed up enough and asked me to back up further.  I did, as far as I could reasonably do so without going off the road and into trees, bushes and rocks.  He pressed forward and apparently scratched the side of his car opposite mine.  Then he had the nerve to turn around and chase me down the hill to tell me how disappointed he was that I had not backed up further and as a result he scratched his car.  Then the raced off down the road.  What a Dick!

Good thing I’m not a conceal and carry guy.  I would have dropped him, concealed him in my trunk and carried his ass to the nearest waste dump.  (Not really.)

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Jane and I 3/4 of the way through the hike. I was not posing for this picture.

 

 

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