Upper Mosaic continues where my report on Lower Mosaic leaves off, which is at the rim trail junction.  This is reached by taking a slightly risky bypass trail up from the canyon floor a short distance back from the 25 foot dry fall where Mosaic Canyon becomes impassable.  Following the rim trail further up canyon, it soon dropped down to a low point where I was able to scramble and climb down into the mysterious 3rd narrows.  The dry fall which I had to climb down was a bit uncomfortable, but had some good hand and foot holds to it.  After dropping into the 3rd narrows, I first backtracked to the 25 foot fall which I had bypassed (on a bypass which takes at least 30 minutes).  It was very interesting to look down into Mosaic Canyon from that vantage point.  Here was a dry fall which had put a stop to my hikes through Mosaic Canyon for much of the past decade, and now I had been able to overcome that obstacle.  I soon turned around and explored the rest of the passable 3rd narrows, which ended in a nice grotto and dry fall.  After getting back on the rim trail, there were great views looking down into the rest of the 3rd narrows.  But the views from up high would have to suffice, as there is no safe way to drop back into the 3rd narrows at any point along the trail.  The rim trail ended and I found myself deposited back onto the canyon floor.  This led shortly into the 4th narrows, which were impressive, but once again ended way too soon in another grotto and dry fall.  A bypass would be necessary to see more, but my goal for the day was Twin Springs.  As there is no simple way to get to Twin Springs, I backtracked a short distance and found a way to start hiking up the mountainside.  It was extremely steep and tiring, and I soon began wondering where the faint sheep trail I was following would lead to.  After quite a while, rock cairns began appearing somewhat regularly, and that was a big relief.  I was starting to feel out of my league for this hike, and those cairns provided the reassurance that I needed.  The faint trail did go up and down for a while, but eventually it dropped me into the canyon which leads to the base of Twin Springs.  When the canyon split, I headed left and found running water.  It was quite amazing to find flowing water in a side canyon of Mosaic, to say the least!  Thus, technically I had reached Twin Springs, but my goal was to find a scrambling route up the mountainside to find the source of the springs, which is a "Y" shaped expanse of greenery, clearly identifiable as Twin Springs.  I tried at least 5 different routes, but each became scary and dangerous.  Knowing my limitations, I wisely called off the hike and headed out of Mosaic Canyon.
Return to Home
Taking a right at the rim trail junction, the trail ascends a small hill and then starts heading downwards:
This is the very small side canyon which drops you into the canyon floor of the 3rd narrows:
Once I was on the canyon floor, I looked back at the dry fall which had to be down climbed to get here.  It wasn't easy, but it wasn't extremely difficult, either:
Heading down the 3rd narrows in an attempt to reach the 25 foot dry fall at the end:
Looking down the 25 foot dry fall at the canyon floor below:
And this is looking back down Lower Mosaic Canyon.  In the distance, you can see the bypass trail which leads up to the rim trail junction.  I had been  standing below this 25 foot dry fall about 30 minutes earlier:
After enjoying that moment, I turned around and began heading back up the little visited 3rd narrows:
There were a couple dry falls to climb up before getting back to the mid-point in the canyon, which was where I had first dropped into it:
A close-up of the mosaic pattern.  There were some pretty patterns which were different but just as cool as the ones in the lower canyon:
The next three pictures show you more of the 3rd narrows.  Quite spectacular, indeed:
That last dry fall had to be friction climbed.  Once above it, I came into this room which was an enclosed grotto with an impassable dry fall:
Steve in the 3rd narrows of Mosaic Canyon:
After this, I needed to backtrack and get back to the rim trail which was high above the 3rd narrows.  The next two pictures were taken looking down into more of the 3rd narrows:
The rim trail wraps around the edge of the cliffs which drop off into the canyon:
The rim trail then drops back into the main canyon, which takes a sharp right far in the distance:
One more look down into the 3rd narrows before continuing up canyon:
Finally, the canyon hike had returned to normal after taking the long bypass and rim trails:
It wasn't long before the 4th narrows of Mosaic Canyon were encountered.  The next eight pictures were taken while hiking through these:
The easy portion of the 4th narrows dead-ended  in yet another grotto with a dry fall:
Steve at the farthest point he would make it to in the 4th narrows:
I soon found a trail which started heading up the mountainside.  From this trail, I could see a potential bypass into more of the 4th narrows.  But instead of checking these out, I headed for Twin Springs:
The faint sheep trail was somewhat easy to follow most of the time, but it was steep:
Elevation was being gained quickly on this steep route:
The appearance of rock cairns was a definite relief and friendly sight:
View across Mesquite Flats all the way to the Niter Beds and beyond:
The sheep trail eventually dropped into a smaller canyon, crossed it and went up its other side, and then ended in the wash of a bigger canyon:
Following that bigger canyon towards the base of the Twin Springs hillside:
When the canyon ended in a junction, I turned left and found running water from Twin Springs.  The next five pictures give you a glimpse of this:
I actually circled around the hillside in both directions looking for a decent route to the source of Twin Springs.  But after checking out around five of these routes, they all were too dangerous:
Thus, I started heading out of the Twin Springs area, because I didn't want to get seriously injured and realized it was just too difficult.  From a little ways back down the canyon, I took this picture of the source of Twin Springs.  See if you can find it in this picture. Keep in mind, it has a "Y" shape to it:
This zoomed in picture of the source of Twin Springs should make it a little bit easier for you:
One final majestic view of Death Valley on the way back down to Lower Mosaic Canyon: