ta.queueForLoad : function(f, g){document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', f);})(function(){ta.trackEventOnPage('postLinkInline', 'impression', 'postLinks-24296024', '');}, 'log_autolink_impression');Death Valley does have rattlesnakes, but they aren't seen very often. In fact, at mile 40, we were ascending a gradual, rocky portion of the trail when we ran into a rattler coiled in the middle of the trail. His question seemed odd. Then again, I did once step over a stick only to finally realize that was no stick. It appeared the snake was posted up opposite the clump of stones lying in wait for rodents. I sat there for fifteen minutes or so marinating in the afterglow of having come so close to the hypodermic jaws of catastrophe, maybe death. Predators, whether bobcats or coyotes or snakes, control prey that can grow out of balance otherwise. The type of rattlesnake in the Yosemite area tends to be less aggressive than the type seen in the desert areas. After you cross the Pate Valley bridges, there are a variety of good campsites near the Tuolumne River in Pate Valley. Rattlesnakes seem rather nonthreatening in my own experience except when pestered or when I come too close. I was traveling slowly and inevitably toward small bushes containing an upset rattlesnake. CAMPING - where and when can we camp in Death Valley? The biggest thing is if you're scrambling over any rocks (particularly in the sun), just be aware of where you're putting your feet/hands. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143021-i2027-k3335902-l23856843-Snakes-Death_Valley_National_Park_California.html. We were backpacking along the Tuolumne River which starts at high elevation but in the Pate Valley it is about 4000 feet. I said I did, better than most but not as well as some. Properly harnessed these ancient raw emotions can power extraordinary feats. At 8,000 feet in the seven o’clock hour on a chill morning I never thought to look for rattlesnakes. Why not then continue and complete the loop? The scientific name Crotalus is derived from the Greek κρόταλον, meaning "castanet". . The thought rippled through my body in another shiver. But “when my head came in sight within a foot of him,” he wrote, “he did not strike.”. I suspect that in my stride through the narrow spot along the footpath my leg swiped by the snake within striking range. Once, I came upon a snake as it crossed the trail. After you cross the Pate Valley bridges, there are a variety of good campsites near the Tuolumne River in Pate Valley. Don't cut yourself with the idea of sucking out the venom. What if it bites and nobody near to help. The closest I got to the ground over there was about 600 feet in altitude via Google Earth. ( Log Out /  Sidestep the snakes and get on with it. “Meekly, I slunk back home to the lockdown,” Boyle writes, and the “rattlesnakeless shade of the trees of my own yard.”. Concern is about rattlesnakes i have read about. Death Valley does have rattlesnakes, but they aren't seen very often. But they really don’t want to strike on something that isn’t food. As to it’s movie history, it was known as ; “the most shot-up place in the old west”. Females give birth to 4 to 21 young in late summer; the young are marked similarly to adults, but colors are brighter. I know what I did. I don’t know. This weblog is dedicated to the men and women who have fought or died in defense of liberty, that we may live in freedom, and read and write what we wish. Enjoyed your blog today. He was not a herpetologist but he knew what he was talking about from his own common experience. How far to ____ ? It won't be easy, but the victim needs to sit down and place the bitten area lower than the rest of the body, and send someone for help. Members who are knowledgeable about this destination and volunteer their time to answer travelers' questions. Take everyone's advice and keep your hands, feet, and other body parts where you can see them. One of my snakebite kits may be 30 years old, and I should check it to be sure the rubber suction cups are still pliable. I ambled about my vehicle readying myself for several days in the woods. . When scientists deprived a group of snakes, including rattlesnakes, of food for six months, the snakes reduced their metabolic rate by as much as 72% to conserve energy, according to a … Not a lot, actually, just a handful. That instinctual unthinking knee-jerk reaction from the genetic memory bank of the Deep Past fired by raw emotion. To review the Tripadvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html. The sensation felt like a string being pulled through my innards from head to toe. 06:00 PM: Location: The fire is located within Wilderness in the Yosemite Creek drainage south of 10 Lakes trail and burning on both sides of the Tioga Road at 9,000 feet in elevation. The others are the northern copperhead and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake. linda pate 9450 lisbon rd new york. Depending on the time of year you visit Hetch Hetchy, and assuming you venture past the parking lot and dam, high chances are you will encounter at least one rattlesnake each day. Eggshells and thin ice. Pate Valley is known for a high incident of bear sightings as well as rattlesnakes and more mosquitoes than you know what to do with. I find it annoying as well. I love and appreciate your social commentary on our local backcountry. It's not a huge deal, but you'll want to stay alert for rattlesnakes and bears. LODGING - which Death Valley resort or hotel is best for us? Just near Stoney Point. Just like the past 65 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is tracking Santa as he makes his way around the world. I finally saw the snake when it decided to wander off. Another excellent read. I stood clenching a hot coffee cup, lost in a long stare over the high desert badlands and arroyos fanning out thousands of feet below and the beginnings of the broad wash of the Cuyama River. Plenty of nice sites on both sides of the river in Pate Valley. We started at White Wolf and descended to Pate Valley (where you reach the Tuolumne River). But I remember the thread, so if it's still not working in the morning I'll look it up. . 3473422785 / 347-342-2785. w. kenneth oberst 52 evans st new york. After crossing the river, you'll go up a rather long and steady incline on the trail. I could not arrest the slide. We’re between the 118 and Santa Susana Pass. Then they get aggressive or at least loud. You can tie a bandanna, shoelace, or belt LIGHTLY around the limb between the bite and the heart, but do not cut off blood circulation. We have hiked all over the place for years and not yet encountered more than a rattlesnake track, so the advice is they are there, you need to watch where you walk and put your hands, but the place is not crawling with rattlesnakes. From White Wolf Lodge, warm up during the first ~4 miles over gently descending forested terrain, then begin the steep descent down into Pate Valley. If you like untamed mountain rivers, magnificent waterfalls, towering granite peaks, lots of warm sunshine—and oh yeah, solitude—then this is an unsurpassed Sierra hike to experience.The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne (pronounced too all' um ee) River is 30 miles of backcountry wilderness that slices down through the northern High Sierra of Yosemite National Park from east to west. And it’s happenstance, surely. If you’re going for speed (current Fastest Known Time held by Leor Pantilat is 13:38 for the car-to-car loop without shuttle. Change ). Thanks for the story, Healy. Enter your email address and click the button to subscribe to Jack's blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The willies. Camp spots on the trail: Water Wheel Falls (Day 1); Pate Valley (Day 2) But my over-active imagination has me convinced that the Satanic reptile was on the verge of attacking. He was only going away from the ground I had selected for a camp, and there was not the slightest danger, because I kept still and allowed him to go in peace.”, About another close encounter Muir wrote of pulling himself up a boulder in a canyon and coming face to face with a rattlesnake coiled on top. There is a bridge around "register creek", and another nearer the hill climb to Waterwheel. I finally took advantage of the status of the trail as old road and walked around through the low brush as far from it as I could. Rattlesnake, any of 33 species of venomous New World vipers characterized by a segmented rattle at the tip of the tail that produces a buzzing sound when vibrated. Those twenty minutes or so after seeing a rattlesnake when hiking are always especially nerve wracking. It turned with me as if on casters. That’s a bummer man. Don't be worried, just be aware. They can sense intruders, by vibrations. It’s all history. Related: What are the most popular tours in Death Valley National Park? I used to believe that the only way you could get bitten by a rattler was (i) if you stumbled upon it inadvertently, or (ii) you tried to get bitten. Wouldn't have minded making this a 4 day trek and take our time, but we spent day 4 car-touring around Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. There are some nice sites along the river maybe 1/2 mile east of Pate Valley. “I set the world record standing long jump of 25 feet on the Horn Canyon trail in 1984,” local hillwalker E.M. Walker writes of a day of glory long ago in the mountains of Ojai. I walked past one and nearly stepped on another in as many days when out backpacking this summer in the Los Padres National Forest. Race and Recognition In the Woods, Wolves, Grizzlies and the Howling Wilderness of Change, Santa Barbara National Forest: Race and Recognition In the Woods, The Myth Of Wilderness and Ethnocentrism: Race and Recognition In the Woods, Rename Los Padres National Forest? That’s not inviting. After exploring these for a bit we continued down the hot trail. Millions have survived DV. He asked if I knew the area. . Locale: Silicon Valley In the northern parts of California, rattlesnakes might be found as high as about 7000 feet, but in the southern parts, they can go higher. Regarding rattlesnakes, I hiked the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne last year in August. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The split second moment he caught sight of the rattler as he passed. That guy I spoke with at the trailhead ended up spending his one and only night car camping at NIRA rather than way out in the wilderness on foot backpacking. Prairie Rattlesnakes prey on a variety of animals, including mice, ground squirrels, and rabbits. I’ve seen more this year and in a worse way than ever before. They farmed, hunted, tried bee ranching, gathered greasewood, cultivated vineyards and dodged rattlesnakes. ET on […] The rattlesnake wasn’t as felicitous. Doing it the opposite way gives a brutal last day of elevation gain. Pate Valley is known for a high incident of bear sightings as well as rattlesnakes and more mosquitoes than you know what to do with. On the hike out from camp the morning we left, not much more than a stone’s throw up the trail, where the path lead between two old stump ends of a fallen tree a helpful sawyer had taken care of, I strode past another rattlesnake. Several seconds later a wild, pinched yowl ripped through the quiet from behind me and I knew immediately what my friend had just seen from the sound of his reaction. i.e. By the time we reached Pate Valley it was really, really hot, but we were able to sit in the Tuolumne River to cool down. Thoughts. Prairie Rattlesnakes den communally, but range up to 7 miles from the dens during the summer. WASHINGTON — Santa Claus is coming to town. Oh, you betcha. So there you have it. I’d look over at the snake every once and a bit and shudder again. .Of course, the ticks were happy to welcome us, as were the biting gnats. We were in scrub in the hills behind Montecito. Prairie Rattlesnake . Rattlesnakes are still prevalent, especially upstream of Hetch Hetchy to Pate Valley. I glanced over at some point and saw the viper wedged up in the soil and the pine needles, coiled, locked and loaded and ready to strike. Rattle snakes are quite commonly encountered in the several miles of trail before and after Pate Valley, so be aware and keep your eyes on the trail. The common man’s wisdom rooted in the obvious. And those 10 miles would be about 10 times harder than I anticipated. You can see the sharp switch-backs and incredible views in some of the gallery images. Condor Petroglyphs, Death Valley National Park, Rename Los Padres National Forest? There were lots of rattlesnakes along that section of trail, some quiet, some loud, and all different sizes. You may find bunny rabbits or vicious puma in the crevices. The snake slithered out from the darkened void between the rocks and hung from the outcrop by what looked like only the last third of its body, wagging in the misted air of the waterfall back and forth above the pool, apparently looking for something. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. (ta && ta.queueForLoad ? My fellow hikers warned me of the high number of snakes (more specifically rattlers) present in the Canyon. That wicked and malignant head attached by hair trigger to the latent deadly potential of a coiled body. Neighbors also saw many. The link PNWF gave isn't working for me. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. Just like the past 65 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is tracking Santa as he makes his way around the world. During their visit to Death Valley National Park as part of their 16 day road trip out west, Bud and Kim enountered this lovely little rattlesnake by the side of the road. I've been going since about 1984 in all seasons, and have seen exactly one. .”. The settlers who stayed in this valley found day-to-day subsistence challenging. Is Death Valley wildlife dangerous? I moved back a step or two and (s)he slithered into the underbrush. Otherwise they mind their own business and keep quiet. We saw a pair of bears and a rattlesnake in Pate Valley so be vigilant in that area! No worries. The most important thing to do is the hardest: stay calm. Pate Valley itself is reputed to harbor many rattlesnakes, but we didn't see any on our trip through. We were backpacking along the Tuolumne River which starts at high elevation but in the Pate Valley it is about 4000 feet. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. That was the sound of the electric shiver that had just shot through his body like a lightning bolt. 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