I recently set out to explore Warm Spring Canyon as well as some other nearby sites that interested me. The Canyon runs East-West between The West Side Road and Striped Butte Valley in Death Valley National Park.
The absolutely best views of Striped Butte are from a little hill next to Russel's Camp. This cabin is a ramshackle but quite functional collection of timber and corrugated steel that has been cobbled onto the original living quarters.
Volunteers have donated countless hours and materials to keeping this site in useable shape and that includes the shiny new outhouse with the welded steel frame.
Your reserved seat for spectacular views awaits you....
SoCal AAA maps describe the near vertical sediments of the Butte as having been shaped by "prodigious geologic forces".
A windshield view of the eastward drive back across the 7 miles of Striped Butte Valley and then up into Warm Spring Canyon.
While I was poking around some old mining ruins in the Canyon a group of about ten offroad motorcycles was heading West to East, oblivious to my surreptitious photography.
On my last day I explored what I feel are some of the more spectacular mine ruins that are out there. They have suffered from some vandalism and littering so please treat them with respect. I will leave it up to you to find their true location so you must be responsible for your own choices and actions.
I really liked the warm colors of the red rust and old green paint that contrasted with the rocky hillsides and cool blue desert sky.
Just imagine what this ore cart trestle looked like when miners with gold fever were hurriedly dumping excavated dirt as fast as they could. The trestle used to span the canyon but has collapsed into a jumble of timber.