|From the trailhead across from the Leadfield sign, I zoomed in to get this shot of the northwesternmost cabin at Leadfield proper. It sits at the end of an old road, past the main dump and past downtown Leadfield.|
|A prominent old building sits just below the main dump.|
|A dried plant, last year's wildflower, in front of the old warehouse.|
|Here's the view from inside the warehouse. We're looking nearly due north, up the main branch of Titus Canyon. We'll join this branch just below Leadfield.|
|Here's a geologically labeled version of the same photo.|
But let’s move on.
Hike, hike, hike, walk, walk, walk…and we’ve arrived at the metal building we first saw from Red Pass (!); it's sitting on leveled ground next to a mine dump.
The creosote was in bloom when this photo was taken in May, 2009. When doing field work down in the Mojave (which this qualifies as, roughly speaking) we used to say, “The field season is over when the creosote starts blooming.”
|The "far west cabin" at Leadfield is on WLMC's March Storm No. 1 claim according to Lengner and Troxel (2008). It's listed as "Frame and Iron Compressor and Engine Room."|
It’s about this time during a typical Leadfield excursion that I usually note a bird or a lizard, if I haven't seen any on the walk over to this site.
|And sure enough, here's a lizard sitting on what looks like a bit of breccia!|
|Well, depending on which window we choose, either a brushy, rocky slope or...some geology! (I see geology everywhere, however.)|
|We look to the north-northeast out a roughly square window that has been elongated by my crude photo stitching.|
|To this same photo, I've added some geological labeling (from Niemi, 2012).|
|A better view of the bluff, as seen from the same window.|
|Beyond the hill, we almost get a glimpse of a low-angle fault.|
|In this enlarged shot of the adit, we see that the rocks do look like a breccia.|
|Carbonate breccia is exposed on the left rib. Blocks of carbonate or breccia have been used to wall up the opening.|
For next time: cactus, more old building remains, and more geology!
Lengner, K., and Troxel, B.W., 2008, Death Valley's Titus Canyon & Leadfield ghost town: Deep Enough Press, 175 p.
Niemi, N.A., 2012, Geologic Map of the Central Grapevine Mountains, Inyo County, California, and Esmeralda and Nye Counties, Nevada: Nevada, Geological Society of America Digital Maps and Charts Series, DMC12, 1:48,000, 28 p. text.
The Approach to Titus Canyon: Tan Mountain
The Approach to Titus Canyon: Up and over White Pass
The Approach to Titus Canyon: To Red Pass
The Approach to Titus Canyon: Just Below Red Pass
A Hike at Red Pass, Titus Canyon Road, Death Valley, CA
Titus Canyon Road: A Little History and a Few Maps
Down into Titus Canyon: We Leave Red Pass Behind (Finally!)
Titus Canyon: The Upper Part of Lost Canyon
Leadfield: Scams with a Side of Geology