Towers South • Hilltop View

A Dinky Hill ♦ Much to See

Towers of Uncertainty 02 view from Virgin Islands

 Towers of Uncertainty & Towers Hills ♦ 2015 Oct 18



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Trek Dates: Multiple

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FOUR HUNDRED YARDS beyond the Uncertainty main rock climbs—as the chuckwalla waddles—lie a few hills. As hills go, they aren’t much to write home about. Bumpy and knobbly, rocky and sparse, they are dry as an old bone in the herbaceous plant sense. Vegans will have to look elsewhere. One may if one wishes describe them as nekked as a jaybird. The larger one on the right (photo below) has a funky looking, table-top shaped wobbly cap rock that juts out. It just hangs there. It begs to be tipped over by Rabelais’ Gargantua.

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Immediately to its left, there resides a more tempting, climbable rise which, if Google Earth can be believed, elevates itself 95ft off the firmament. Take 43 minutes out of your day and hike over to it, climb it, snap as many photos as you deem proper, and enjoy the stunning view!

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A sandy wash draining the Towers Hills runs between the dinky hill and table-top rock, and continues on down into Uncertainty and miles beyond. The wash itself logs in at 4405ft elevation above sea level. The friendly hilltop on the left, the one I clumb, is 4500ft exactamente. A dinky hill, admittedly. Yet one with marvelous pretensions for a view. A hill with many hidden treasures for the 3D adventurer. Best of all, it can be ascended at a cost of only a few minutes’ legwork and moderate lung-expansion.

 

The 3D Anaglyph & Half Side-by-Side views included in this Towers South Hilltop page cover the wide alluvial plane and hill climb. Seen are views of Queen Valley where it becomes Pleasant Valley in an undefined region somewhere off to the west and south—lost in the distant haze.

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Dinky Hill with Loads to See ♦ Gargantua’s Monzogranite Table-Top

 


Commanding View of Towers of Uncertainty

Tourists to Joshua Tree National Park rarely experience the Towers of Uncertainty from this angle partway up a small hill. It is one the better 3D vantage points I have found along the Geology Tour Road, unless you are prepared to climb Malapai Hill. See the other hilltop images I took in the main Galleries below.

The rock piles beyond Towers of Uncertainty in this sample scene are called the Virgin Islands—an infrequently visited rock-climber group. In case you are wondering, this photograph is on the level. The long alluvial plane narrows from five miles wide to two. It drops away both to the West (right) and South where it eventually forms Pleasant Valley at 1200 ft lower elevation.

2D ♦ 3D Anaglyph ♦ 3D Stereo (H-SBS)

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MY METHOD, in keeping with my mental capabilities, is to divide and conquer. Call me Caeser. Well, at least the plan is to divide. Readers will find that each 3D  Hilltop View Gallery is split into two photo subgroups. The first includes the more-or-less level, open plain north of the main rock-climbing towers before reaching the hills. The second, the hill-climb.

[Bracketed Note cleverly set in Blue Bold-Italic to grab your attention: The last Towers-South Gallery page—titled “Mom, Pop and the Kids”—will include a photo-phinish that has a leisurely stroll up the wash and then back downhill and paralleling the sandy wash. We salute and say good-bye to Table-top Rock. I am headed back to my vehicular transport, but before that, a discovery, wherein will be found an unusual desert survivor of hard times, inclement weather and San Andreas Fault jolts: the aforementioned “Mom, Pop and the Kids”—our featured guests. If you INSIST on viewing “Mom, Pop and the Kids” immediately, click HERE to open a separate window.]

 

3D Anaglyph Gallery 1

Approach to South Hills area

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Hilltop Scenes

 


 


 

 

3D Anaglyph Gallery 2

Hilltop Scenes, continued

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 3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery 1 ♦ Hill Approach

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 3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery 2 ♦ Hilltop Scenes

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End of Towers-South Hilltop View Galleries

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Thank you for viewing the Galleries. I trust that you found a few images you like. Please return often since I will be adding new Galleries in the months ahead.

Murbachi

 

Posted 2014 Sep 22

Updated 2017 Nov 11

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