36.2 bicycling miles, without my camping gear (yay!)
After much morning indecision, I opt for a day ride up Wildrose Road to see some of the area up there, with no specific destination planned.
It's a fairly hot morning here. However, it's usually a bit cooler higher up, so I bring a sweater with me, just in case. And lots of water, of course!
I'm happy that I can leave my camp site at Emigrant Campground at 2000 feet feet intact and not ride with all the weight of my gear up the hills today.
I end up riding to Aguereberry Point at 6400 feet, not expecting anything too special, but the views there turn out to be quite spectacular.
- Breakfast at Emigrant Campground
- Emigrant Campground as seen from the public washrooms down the road at the rest stop
- The old stone washrooms at the rest stop near Emigrant Campground
- An old, unused stone park office sits across the road from the Emigrant rest stop
- I choose to ride up Wildrose Road today instead of heading up Highway 190 to Towne's Pass
- More rock textures along Wildrose Road
- More rocky stuff along Wildrose Road
- I stop to investigate a trickle of water that I notice about five miles up Wildrose Road
- After rising out of Wildrose Canyon, Wildrose Road crosses a plateau called Harrisburg Flats
- I am happy when I discover the old Aguereberry cabin site two miles up the road.
- The Aguereberry cabin and outbuildings are in fairly good condition
- The rear of the Aguereberry cabin
- The kitchen in the Aguereberry cabin
- A shower stall in the Aguereberry cabin
- Five-panel wooden doors inside the Aguereberry cabin
- Beyond Aguereberry cabin, the road to Aguereberry Point crosses the plateau and snakes up through the mountains
- I finally reach the Aguereberry Point summit, and meet a family of French tourists there
- Me, contented tourist, at Aguereberry Point
- A different view across Death Valley from Aguereberry Point
- Down the back side of Aguereberry Point, looking toward Harrisburg Flats, from where I just came
- I start coasting back down, and enjoy winding through the high-mountain canyons
- Back on paved Wildrose Road again, it's a blast riding back down through the canyon.
- I enjoy the scenery all the way back down to my camp site at Emigrant Campground