Winter Desert Road Trip 2002

Mojave Airplane Parking Lot

Mojave - Airplane Parking Lot - Panorama

Driving to Trona Pinnacles

Driving To Trona Pinnacles - China Lake Base - Military Road Keep OutDriving To Trona Pinnacles - RuinsDriving To Trona Pinnacles - Dead CarDriving To Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles

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Searles

Searles Lake - Salt FlatsWelcome To Searles Valley SignSearles Valley - CactusSearles Valley - Fighter Jets

Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley - Strip MinePanamint Valley - TrailPanamint Valley - Fish Canyon - Escape Trail SignPanamint Valley - Fish Canyon - Escape Trail SignPanamint Valley - Fish CanyonPanamint Valley - Fish Canyon - MarkerPanamint Valley - Fish Canyon - Silent Sepulchre SignsPanamint Valley - Fish Canyon - SignPanamint Valley - Car Parts Rusting - In WaterPanamint Valley - Ballarat Ghost Town - Alkali Water Do Not DrinkPanamint Valley - Ballarat Ghost TownPanamint Valley - Ballarat Ghost Town - Old TruckPanamint Valley - Ballarat Ghost Town - Road SignPanamint Valley - North End - Road

Darwin Canyon

0915 Darwin Canyon - 4 Wheel Drive Only Sign0918 Darwin Canyon - Campsite - At Old Mine - Sunset0919 Darwin Canyon - Campsite - At Old Mine - Sunset0920 Darwin Canyon - Old Mine0921 Darwin Canyon - Old Mine - Ore Buckets0923 Darwin Canyon - Old Mine0924 Darwin Canyon - Old Mine - Tracks0928 Darwin Canyon - Morning - Old Mine0930 Darwin Canyon - Morning - Old Mine - Steep Trail0933 Darwin Canyon - Morning - Old Mine - Steep Trail0934 Darwin Canyon - Morning - Old Mine - Steep Trail0935 Darwin Canyon - Steep Trail0937 Darwin Canyon - Steep Trail0939 Darwin Canyon - China Garden Spring0940 Darwin Canyon - Mining Buildings0941 Darwin Canyon - Mining Buildings0942 Darwin Canyon - Mining Buildings0943 Darwin Canyon - Mining Buildings - Old Orange White Car0944 Darwin Canyon - Mining Buildings0945 Darwin Canyon - Mining Buildings - Engine0947 Darwin Town0948 Darwin Town - Dance Hall0949 Darwin Town - Post Office

Olancha-Darwin Road

Olancha Darwin RoadOlancha Darwin RoadOlancha Darwin Road - PlantOlancha Darwin RoadOlancha Darwin Road

Saline Valley

Saline Valley Road - Joshua TreesSaline Valley Road - Joshua TreesSaline Valley Road - Shack - GraffitiSaline Valley Road - Shack - GraffitiSaline Valley Road - Shack - GraffitiSaline Valley Road - Shack - InsideSaline Valley Road - ShackSaline Valley Road - Lee Flat - Ice - GeoffSaline Valley Road - Lee Flat - Joshua TreesSaline Valley Road - Lee Flat - Joshua TreesSaline Valley Road - Joshua Trees - SnowSaline Valley Road - Joshua Trees - SnowSaline Valley Road - Joshua Trees - SnowSaline Valley Road - SnowSaline Valley Road - Snow - Panamint Valley

Death Valley - Ubehebe Road

Death Valley - Ubehebe Road - Lippincott Road - Caution SignDeath Valley - Ubehebe Road - Lippincott Road - Old Death Valley National Monument SignDeath Valley - Ubehebe Road - Lippincott RoadDeath Valley - Ubehebe Road - Lippincott RoadDeath Valley - Ubehebe Road - Lippincott RoadDeath Valley - Ubehebe Road - Lippincott RoadDeath Valley - Ubehebe Road - Lippincott Road - Caution Sign

Death Valley - Racetrack Valley

Death Valley - Racetrack ValleyDeath Valley - Racetrack ValleyDeath Valley - Racetrack ValleyDeath Valley - Racetrack ValleyDeath Valley - Racetrack Valley - Moving RocksDeath Valley - Racetrack Valley - Moving RocksDeath Valley - Racetrack Valley - From NorthDeath Valley - Teakettle Junction - Dune BuggyDeath Valley - Teakettle Junction

Bonnie-Claire Playa

Bonnie-Claire - Playa

Driving North on Highway 95

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Granite Springs Valley

I visited this location in person after spotting a series concentric circular roads on my DeLorme Gazetteer map. Since then, I have found via SmugMug user AAIR an airliners.net post which theorizes that this place was set up for a nuclear bomb test:

There is an underground nuke test site on open land in northern Nevada. According to a geologist friend of mine it was never 'shot' because it was located on the end of a faultline. It is just as well. The shaft was only 30 miles from Lovelock and 22 miles from Nixon.

The site is located in either Copper Valley or Granite Springs Valley (hard to tell) about 12 miles north of Interstate 80. It is visible to aircraft flying J32-94 just north of the airway just southwest of LOL. You can identify it from the concentric roads in the desert around ground zero. The last one appears to have been 20km from zero.

SmugMug user AAIR further adds, "The current hypothesis is that this was (one of?) the site(s) that was going to be used for Project Gondola (not be confused with Project Pre-Gondola series of chemical explosive, single-charge catering experiments in Montana), part of Operation Plowshare, but was cancelled after the problems run into with Project Faultless."

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Here are some ruins near the center of the concentric circles at Granite Springs Valley. I didn't have the benefit of Google Earth satellite photos to help me find the true center (which is at See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 40.0129, -119.0015 ), but these foundations were less than a half mile west of the center:

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Granite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat Playa

Granite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat Playa - Sahwave MountainsGranite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat PlayaGranite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat PlayaGranite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat PlayaGranite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat PlayaGranite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat Playa - Lunch=Granite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat PlayaGranite Springs Valley - Bluewing Flat Playa - Marker

Heading West to Black Rock Desert

Wild Burros - South of Bluewing MountainsDeer Canyon - Snow - Cowles RanchCowles Ranch Summit - SnowDeer Canyon - Cowles Ranch Summit - Snow - Looking WestBlack Rock Desert - Playa - Muddy

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