Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Photo’s from Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness, Nevada.

Wee Thump is a BLM administered joshua tree wilderness off Nevada Hwy#164
a few miles past Nipton and the California state line. Having passed by several times in the past, I decided to do a short hike there yesterday while visiting the
area. For more information, here are a couple of links to online information for
your perusal:




The last 2 links are to Chris Clarke’s Coyote Crossing site which has some great desert writing for you to check out!
And the 2 links have some great photographs of Wee Thump.

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There were tons of small desert wildflowers like these everywhere, especially on the trail.
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Found in the sandy trail.
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Those fruits will show teeth marks before long, maybe human!
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At this point the trail is actually a desert wash.
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A fallen ancient.
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What? You thought man wouldn’t leave his mark in a wilderness area?

Wee Thump is now around 6,000 acres or 10 square miles. I hiked about 2 miles and decided to cut off from the trail and head to Hwy #164 and walk the shoulder of the road back uphill to my car. Bad decision as the wilderness is fenced in along the road with a barbed wire fence. Not wanting to get hung on the fence on the wire as it seemed a little shaky for my ample frame, I was
forced to lay on my belly and crawl under the bottom strand in the dirt. Now that would have been a sight to remember, I assure you.

Here is a video I took of the flowers on the trail and the landscape around me.

Watch your step!Flowers below!

After making it back to my car, I set out toward Walking Box Ranch Road and
an unsuccessful attempt to try to get close to the Castle Peaks area. After 4 and 1/2 miles of the dirt road, I gave up and headed off toward the Nipton area
and from there to the Vulcan Mine on Forshay Pass Road which will be the subject of a later post.

By the way as was reported over at the drycyclist bicycle camping site, the ranch buildings are being restored by the park service. Hopefully one day I will
be able to tour the grand hacienda where Clara Bow and Rex Bell once lived, far from the madding crowds.


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