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avatar Fossil Hill
September 24, 2009 07:24AM
I recently made the drive up highway 395 from Victorville to Reno. Near Lone Pine was an area called Fossil Hill. Didn't have time to explore.
Anyone have info about this region or the fossils? The "hill" summit appears to be about 4300 ft elevation (far less than many other summits in this area, so that fact that it is identified suggests it may have some special attraction).



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avatar Re: Fossil Hill
September 24, 2009 07:36AM
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September 24, 2009 07:46AM
Looks like a good place to test out your water purification method of choice.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/24/2009 07:47AM by szalkowski.
avatar Re: Fossil Hill
September 24, 2009 08:10PM
Sounds like "Falls" it is.

I got confused with this Fossil Hill reference:

http://www.mountainzone.com/mountains/detail.asp?fid=631045



The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
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avatar Re: Fossil Hill
September 24, 2009 04:04PM
There is no Fossil Hill. However there is Fossil Falls (as indicated by the above link). It is a little south of Olancha, and exactly half way between my house and my parents' smiling smiley

The hill you're talking about is Red Hill, where scoria/pumice is mined for various uses (including patching the asphalt on 395, you might've noticed red-colored sealant in that area). You can hike to the top of that hill, it's only about 300 vertical from the highway.

Probably the worst, roughest washboarded dirt road in the world will take you to a trailhead and a sign board. You walk through a couple washes lined with ancient lava flow maybe a half mile or so to the site of the falls, where the Owens River used to flow through and over the lava cliff. Loose rock carved out circular pits in the lava, some of them around enough and deep enough to stand in. Quite fascinating. I usually come back with a pocketfull of obsidian schards and colorful scoria.

Most people blow through Owens Valley out of boredom, I find everything between Little Lake and Bishop fascinating. An 11-hr drive home to San Diego usually ends up being a couple days instead.
avatar Re: Fossil Hill
September 24, 2009 08:19PM
Google Maps doesn't even have Manzanar in the right place.

Trails.Com is only as good as those who pirate to it. I used to subscribe until I realized it just posts photocopies of books and isn't particularly useful.
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September 24, 2009 08:23PM
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