Fire Wave and other points of interests
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.
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
Sonny on top of Fire Wave
Gibraltar Rock on the skyline seen from Fire Wave
Setting off for Fire Cave
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 scrambled up a high point. Dinah and I later climbed the next
point on the right.
The same high points seen from behind
Thunderstorm Arch. Afterwards, Dinah and I hiked up the ridge In the background.
Dinah heads to the high point we reached
Another look at Sonny's objective
Sonny near the top
Sonny points to the chimney he ascended
Coming down White Domes Trail
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)