A half mile walk on faded dirt up an alluvial fan took us to the beginning of the gully. The twisted and contorted ocean sediments that make up the gulch produce some interesting rock formations.
From the canyon entrance we walked another ½ mile until we hit a wall, halting our advance to the upper part of the gully. Paula suggested we climb up the side of the steep canyon talus to the right to get around it. We climbed 200’ higher and realized to get to the upper canyon, we’d have to drop back down a very steep 200’. So we just enjoyed the view of Eureka Valley 1000’ below us.
At the top, the exposed ancient seabed was eroded into sharp spines of limestone. You couldn’t put any weight on it without puncturing our hands. We seem to get to these high places by saying, “Let’s just go to that point right there;” We get to that point and then... say it again.
We stayed but a few minutes and headed back down admiring the steepness of our climb. Even the “so-so” canyons produce memorable experiences. It’s hard to beat the pristine landscapes and magnificent solitude of the desert valleys.
|End of the line...or we thought.|