Nemo Canyon to Mud Spring

Stovepipe Wells, California

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This trail-less hike follows the broad wash of Nemo Canyon between fluted canyon walls, ending at a rare desert oasis. Nemo Canyon claims only modest beginnings on the west slope of the Panamint Range, about halfway between Emigrant Pass and Wildrose Peak. Starting as a minor drainage across a moderately high alluvial fan, Nemo Canyon trends west, then turns abruptly southwest and carves into a landscape composed of breccia (ancient angular rock fragments cemented into stone), where you find dramatic cliffs sculpted into fluted buttresses by ages of erosion. Halfway through this dramatic canyon is the seep of Mud Spring, a rare and precious source of water for a variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep and many other mammals, birds, and reptiles. Respect this source of water as the lifeblood of native wildlife, and linger here only briefly.

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"This trail-less hike follows the broad wash of Nemo Canyon between fluted canyon walls, ending at a rare desert oasis. Nemo Canyon claims only modest beginnings on the west slope of the Panamint Range, about halfway between Emigrant Pass and Wildrose Peak. Starting as a minor drainage across a moderately high alluvial fan, Nemo Canyon trends west, then turns abruptly southwest and carves into a landscape composed of breccia (ancient angular rock fragments cemented into stone), where you find dramatic cliffs sculpted into fluted buttresses by ages of erosion. Halfway through this dramatic canyon is the seep of Mud Spring, a rare and precious source of water for a variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep and many other mammals, birds, and reptiles. Respect this source of water as the lifeblood of native wildlife, and linger here only briefly."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stovepipe Wells
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: Death Valley National Park
Local Maps: USGS Maturango Peak NE, Jail Canyon, Emigrant Pass

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Jun 2018