— Golden Canyon
We have always enjoyed Golden Canyon. It provides an entry point into the badlands on the eastern side of Death Valley. The geology is fascinating (see photo #1, at left). On this trip, we visited Golden Canyon twice. The first time, we got up before dawn and climbed up to the base of Manly Beacon so that we could watch the sun come up on the Panamint Mountains on the other side of the valley. The views of Golden Canyon in the early morning light were beautiful.
Our second trip to the canyon was in the late afternoon. The hill sides were brilliantly lit by the sun and we saw a raven soaring among the cliffs. We climbed up the cliff side to get a better view. It was a bit scary climbing up the loose, steep sides of the canyon walls, but we thought the view from the top was worth it (see the panorama above). The climb back down was worse. Jim was not injured, though he did rip his pants when he fell.