Keys View

Coachella Valley ♦ San Jacinto Peak


Trip dates: 2013 Nov 25 & 2015 Feb 23

  • Keys View
  • Keys View Road, Upper Lost Horse Valley

“AND YET IT MOVES” (Italian: Eppur si muove) is a phrase said to have been uttered before the Inquisition by the Italian mathematician, physicist and philosopher Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) in 1633 after being forced to recant that the Earth moves around the Sun rather than the opposite way. Had he been alive in the early 20th when geologists were debating whether the continents themselves move, he could make the same observation about the land on either side of the San Andres fault.

San Andreas fault zone is indicated by the line of low hills (Indio Hills) you see above, stretching east-west along the Coachella Valley. It continues through the State of California to a point where it disappears off the San Francisco coast almost 500 miles distant!

Plate Techtonics, the current geological belief, posits that the Pacific Plate and American Plate scrape against each other along the San Andreas fault. According to the Park Service’s message board at Keys View, “If you stood on this same spot next year you would likely be two inches southeast of where you are now. (The corresponding spot on the distant Santa Rosa Mountains would be two inches farther northwest.) In six years the distance will be one foot, in 60 years 10 feet. If you could return here in three million years the same spot would be about 100 miles farther southeast—all compliments of the San Andreas fault.”


  •  Use glasses to view 3D Anaglyphs
  • Click to Enlarge Photos

Keys View 2013 Nov 25 ♦ 3D Anaglyphs


 San Gorgonio Mountain, el. 11,503ft

Despite not being particularly striking in appearance during the summer, it is the only mountain in Southern California with a summit a significant distance above the tree line. As such its bright white winter snow cap, unobstructed by vegetation, makes the mountain noticeable from many miles away. The mountain hosts the longest line of sight in the contiguous United States; it is plainly visible from the summit of Mount Whitney, 190 miles away.

2D (Click to Enlarge)


Keys View 2013 Nov 25 ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side

(Suitable for 3D TV viewing. Half Side-by-Sides avoid the minor Anaglyph anomalies. Click images to enlarge. 1080p resolution. Or Windows users, right-click and choose SAVE LINK AS.)


Keys View 2015 Feb 23 ♦ Calm after Storm

2D Slideshow

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2D Images (Click to Enlarge). Unfortunately, the extreme contrast this day makes it almost impossible to create acceptable 3D Anaglyphs. I have settled on sets in 2D, and 3D Half Side-by-Side (which view nicely a 3D TV).


Keys View 2015 Feb 23 ♦ Calm after Storm

3D Half Side-by-Side


Keys View Road ♦ Upper Lost Horse Valley

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Keys View Road 2013 Nov 25 ♦ Upper Lost Horse Valley

3D Anaglyph Gallery


Keys View Road 2013 Nov 25 ♦ Upper Lost Horse Valley

3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery


A Break in the Storm

Keys View Road 2015 Feb 23 ♦ Upper Lost Horse Valley

2D Gallery

3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery


End of Keys View posts. Thank you!


Posted 2014 Nov 9

Updated 2017 Nov 9

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