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Fire Wave and other points of interests
Valley of Fire, Nevada
October 17, 2013

Although Valley of Fire lacks any peaks, it abounds with fantastic landscape features worth seeing. I strung a few of these together to create a trip. Dinah, Sonny and I sought out Fire Wave, Fire Cave, Thunderstorm Arch and the White Domes (Sonny scrambled up the highest White Dome while Dinah hiked to a high point where I took the above panorama). Although it was satisfying to see all these attractions, the real excitement lay in exploring the colourful and amazing wonderland to reach them. (See our first Valley of Fire trip.)

Our route took on a figure-8 loop. It worked well except for one thing: unwittingly we parked illegally. Only after finishing our trip and finding a notice on our windshield did we realize that roadside parking is prohibited. We could have completed the same route had we parked at the White Domes parking lot. Bad choice of parking aside, our trip has much to recommend. Valley of Fire is a large park and with lots more to see, we're sure to return.

Sonny's Trip Report
KML and GPX Tracks


Heading into a small slot canyon


In the canyon


Deeper into the canyon


After leaving the canyon we'll cross the plateau ahead


Starting up the plateau


Looking back


Heading to Fire Wave (click for a larger image)


Fire Wave is the rise in the foreground on the left (click for a larger image)


Sonny on top of Fire Wave


Gibraltar Rock on the skyline seen from Fire Wave


Setting off for Fire Cave


Looking back


We had hoped to reach Fire Cave by crossing this red sandstone formation but we got
cliffed-out and had to backtrack to seek another route.


Sonny follows


Sonny scrambled up a high point. Dinah and I later climbed the next
point on the right.


The same high points seen from behind


Crazy Hill in the centre (mouse over for a close-up)


Fire Cave doesn't look very cave-like (mouse over for another view)


Thunderstorm Arch. Afterwards, Dinah and I hiked up the ridge In the background.


Dinah heads to the high point we reached


Sonny gravitates to one of the White Domes (click for a larger image)


Another look at Sonny's objective


Sonny near the top


On top


Sonny points to the chimney he ascended


Coming down White Domes Trail


Movie set for the movie "The Professionals" (mouse over to read sign)


Heading back through a small slot canyon in Kaolin Wash


Valley of Fire West 1:24,000 Topo (4.2 mi, 2116 ft, 279 ft)

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