TRIP REPORT PHOTOS
The hike into Lower Corridor Canyon began for me at the lower end of The Corridor.  In this picture, I have hiked down canyon through The Corridor towards the southern end:
Getting ready to round the corner to the right and explore Lower Corridor Canyon, which was a new world for me awaiting discovery:
And this is the first view into Lower Corridor Canyon:
As you will see in many of the pictures, I was here in the mid-morning, which meant very little sun in the canyon.  This allowed for the polished blue rock of the canyon to show its beauty:
Shortly into the hike, this towering peak came into view and dominated the skyline:
The wash leads straight to the base of the peak which towers 700 feet over the canyon floor:
One more view of the peak and the interesting landscape and rock slide just to the east:
Notice how narrow Lower Corridor Canyon was.  This stayed true through a good portion of the early canyon:
There were also a lot of quick turns in the canyon early on:
Getting a close-up shot of some of the pretty stripes on the polished rock of the canyon:
Walking through a very narrow slot of polished blue rock:
This is the top portion of the first of three dry falls in the canyon:
Looking down the 1st dry fall while calculating the easiest route down:
Getting to the bottom and looking back at the 1st dry fall.  Notice how this dry fall is very similar to the dry fall in the side canyon just before you reach The Corridor (as shown in our Corridor Canyon Trip Report):
Steve pictured in front of the 1st dry fall.  I must say that this was a really beautiful place:
Shortly after, there was some cracked mud mixed into the wash of the canyon:
Continuing down canyon through what is becoming some very familiar terrain:
It's kind of hard to tell in this picture, but I am actually looking over the edge of the 2nd dry fall:
As you can see, the 2nd dry fall is a wide horizontal wall.  Definitely an interesting dry fall to check out:
As the morning progressed, more sunshine penetrated into certain areas of the canyon:
An amazing view of the Inyo Mountains came into view at around the mid-point of Lower Corridor Canyon:
The wash was relatively easy to walk in most of the time:
The rock formations rising high above the canyon keep your interest during the hike:
As I approached this bend in the canyon, I had great anticipation.  It sure looked like I was going to round the corner and run into some good narrows:
But it wasn't to be.  I was stunned to go around the corner and be standing on the edge of a massive dry fall with a titanic drop off:
As I climbed the surrounding hillsides looking for an easy bypass, one thing was clear -- there was none.  The absolutely only option I could find was to take a route dropping over this cliff on very loose and unstable rocks with an angle that would frighten just about anybody with good sense.  So that's why I recommend turning around here if you don't have a helper with you to lower you on safety rope:
After I somehow reached the bottom, I looked back at the sloped cliffs I had scrambled down.  As you can see, there are no easy routes and the closer you get to the top, the steeper it gets:
Heading back up canyon to check out the major dry fall that was just bypassed:
A picture of Steve standing next to the dry fall for scale:
I then headed farther down Lower Corridor Canyon to check it out:
Lower Corridor Canyon soon enters into a narrow gorge:
A neat little formation where the rock is separated from the main canyon wall forming a mini-slot:
Sunlight had not yet made it into the gorge in the mid-morning:
The last section of gorge narrows that I passed through:
The canyon then opened up quite wide as it approached Saline Valley:
Finally reaching Saline Valley with a nice view of the Inyo Mountains.  The high center peak is 11,101 foot Keynot Peak and the high right peak is 10,975 foot Mount Inyo:
A panoramic of Saline Valley taken from the mouth of Corridor Canyon (click to enlarge):
Corridor Canyon mouth panoramic
Two pictures of Steve after a successful hike through Lower Corridor Canyon to Saline Valley:
After an extended break to enjoy the view, it was time to head back up Corridor Canyon.  To continue hiking with me, check out my Upper Corridor Canyon report:
Return to Home