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Domeland 4/19/14

Postby gary c. » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:11 pm

We had planned on hiking to Panamint but when we got to the trailhead we found about 30 cars with a whole lot of hikers getting ready to do the same thing. As soon as we saw them someone in the back seat said forget it and I turned around. We stopped and asked a guy and he said that they were all part of a Sierra Club event headed up for the weekend.

We left and started for Ridgecrest to eat and then 9ml road and Kennedy Meadows. We decided to head down river into the Domeland Wilderness. The river is low for this time of year and a bit dirty but if it had been a week later it would have been perfect for fishing. I was surprised that I didn't see very many wildflowers, already too late I would guess. The snakes are out and we saw one next to the trail on the way in.

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Re: Domeland 4/19/14

Postby Rockchucker » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks for this pictures, looks horribly dry already!
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Re: Domeland 4/19/14

Postby maverick » Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:07 pm

Nice rattler shot Gary. About how long do you think it was?
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Re: Domeland 4/19/14

Postby gary c. » Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:59 pm

Not that long, about two feet. You can see a black ring dead center about an inch over from the right edge of the picture. That is the base of his rattles.
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Re: Domeland 4/19/14

Postby richlong8 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:10 pm

How far did you go Gary? I have been down that way at least 6-8 times in the last 10 years. The fishing can get quite good if you are willing to bushwhack. Its very arid, but there are some nice green areas that make it pleasant. A few years ago, I went in the week before opening day of fishing season on a dayhike, and came upon a herd of at probably 30 deer. 2 weekends later, I saw none.
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Re: Domeland 4/19/14

Postby RichardCullip » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:41 pm

Very nice. Good choice to escape the Sierra Club crowd and find some solitude.
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Re: Domeland 4/19/14

Postby gary c. » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:02 pm

Rich, I would guess that we hike about 4mls down the river and then day hiked to Rockhouse Basin on Sunday. The river below the bridge could sure use a good spring run off. I've been down that way before but never seen so many beaver damns as this trip. Almost the entire stretch was one long series of beaver damns and lodges, not little ones either. The whole system could use a good flushing.
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