Mary Jane Falls

an Early Summer Hike in the Spring Range


THERE IS MORE TO THE VEGAS AREA THAN DESERTS OF VARIOUS COLORS. LESS THAN AN HOUR NORTHWEST IS A 12,000 FOOT (WELL, ALMOST) MOUNTAIN, AND A RANGE, THE SPRING RANGE, THAT SITS AT OR ABOVE 10,000 FEET AND HAS BRISTLECONE PINE FORESTS ALONG ALL OF ITS UPPER REACHES.

THIS PHOTO ESSAY IS MADE FROM A LARGE SET OF PICTURES FROM A JULY 1, 1999 HIKE UP TO MARY JANE FALLS, JUST UNDER 9,000 FOOT ELEVATION (BUT YOU DRIVE TO JUST UNDER 8,000 FEET, AND THE TRAIL IS EXCELLENT).

FROM THE TRAIL, mOUNT cHARLESTON IS VISIBLE TO THE NORTHWEST, THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE SPRING RANGE:

TO PUT MARY JANE FALLS INTO CONTEXT, GEOGRAPHICALLY, THE WALL TO THE IMMEDIATE RIGHT IN THE PICTURE IS ONE ALSO VISIBLE IN A PHOTO POSTED UNDER THE FALL HIKE IN THE SPRING RANGE SECTION.  IN ONE OF THE PICTURES THERE, A VERTICAL WALL OF LIGHT COLORED STONE IS SHOWN ABOUT A THIRD OF THE WAY UP THE EAST WALL OF THE BOWL THAT IS KYLE CANYON.  THAT WALL DISSAPPEARS TO THE RIGHT, AND THEN REAPPEARS.  THE NORTHERN PART OF WALL THAT SHOWS IN THAT PICTURE IS THE WALL VISIBLE HERE.

HERE IS A VIEW FROM THE TRAIL TO THE WEST.  tHE RIDGE IS THE MAIN NORTH-SOUTH STRETCH OF THE SPRING RANGE SUMMITS. THERE IS SNOW IN SOME PROTECTED AREAS, AND THIS IS THE FIRST OF JULY, AND IT IS ABOVE A HUNDRED DEGREES IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY BELOW.  NICE DAY FOR A MOUNTAIN HIKE!

THE NEXT PHOTO IS IN THE SAME DIRECTION BUT GIVES A LITTLE DEPTH PERSPECTIVE.  OBVIOUSLY THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN NEAR THE TOP OF THE MARY JANE FALLS TRAIL, ABOUT A THIRD OF THE WAY FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE VALLEY TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN ABOVE AND NOT VISIBLE, MUMMY MOUNTAIN.

TO THE SOUTH FROM MARY JANE FALLS, GRIFFITH PEAK, THE THIRD HIGHEST OF THE SPRING RANGE, IS VISIBLE:

THE CATHEDRAL ROCK VANTAGE POINT FROM WHICH THE OTHER SPRING RANGE PICTURES WERE TAKEN IS JUST TO THE LEFT IN THIS PICTURE, PERHAPS BEHING THE PINE TREE.

BUT WE ARE GETTING AHEAD OF OURSELVES:  THE HIKE IS THE GOAL, THE DESTINATION IS THE MIDPOINT.  SO IT IS TIME TO SEE THE TRAIL THAT OFFERED THESE SPECTACULAR VIEWS.

THIS PHOTO SHOWS THE NORTH WALL OF THE RATHER SQUARISH SPACE WHERE EROSION HAS CUT BACK THE VERTICAL WALL.  IT ALSO SHOWS A NICE STAND OF PONDEROSA PINE.  AS THE NEXT SHOT SHOWS, IT IS THESE PINE TREES THAT GIVE A VERY FRIENDLY LOOK TO THIS OTHERWISE STEEP AND ROCKY SLOPE:

WE WILL CONTINUE CLIMBING THE TRAIL IN THE NEXT PAGE ON MARY JANE FALLS. (and change our font, I am tired of this one now).

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