Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Overnight Backpack in the In-Ko-Pah Mountains

Just a quick overnight backpack trip around the In-Ko-Pah mountains to explore Fingertail Spring. Temps were in the high 90's during the day and high 70's at night if not low 80's. The spring was dry and we didn't see much wildlife, fairly uneventful but the rugged terrain is always beautiful to see and be a part of. Most of the photos are from my Olympus OM-1n and some expired Ilford FP4 plus film,

Tom, the Mastermind behind our trip, Sombrero Peak in the distance and Whale Peak way off
Tom and Sombrero Peak

Fingertail Spring, located above Rockhouse Canyon in Carrizo Gorge
Fingertail Spring

This is looking down at Rockhouse Canyon and Carrizo Gorge, Carrizo Mtn and the Coyote's are off in the distance
Carrizo Gorge & Rockhouse Canyon View from the In-Ko-Pah Mountains

Tom at the Palms at the spring, I have been here a couple of times and not found any surface water
Fingertail Spring and Tom

If you have ever hiked in the massive boulder area of McCain Valley and the In-Ko-Pah mountains you will have seen many interesting shaped boulders that change with the time of day
Desert Pinnacle

Desert Pyramid

Modern Rock Art
Modern Rock Art

These are a coupe of water troughs nestled in near one of the old and now inaccessible vehicle roads along the ridge line above Rockhouse Canyon. There is an older cement trough broken in half and another newer metal one full of bullet holes near it. I toook this photo with a 4x5 large format view camera
In-Ko-Pah Mountains Wildlife Water Tanks. Old cement tank and a newer steel tank, both non operational. Carrizo Mtn in far distance. Photo taken on 4x5  Arista EDU film and Anba Ikeda Field Camera, f/22 150mm, Red 25A Filter . Developed in 1:100 Rodinal @60minutes

Total Balloons This Trip - 4



  1. Ha, I know where that elephant art is. Just saw that a couple of months ago. :)

  2. Hi Daren, what a great area to visit, just spent 24 hours up and down those hills...Hey I saw the heavy duty tree cutting in the Gorge... do they airdrop the workers down there? or do they walk all the way from the end of the north road? And what is the main reason for all that work? Thanks!

    1. The CCC crews base camp at the end of Carrizo Gorge and move south thru the gorge on foot removing the invasive Tamarisk that has choked the area for years. In some ways I miss it as it made the gorge hard to travel thru and only a few people each year would venture thru it. Thanks for reading..

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  4. Hey thanks for the reply! Impressive project.