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Is Devils Throats the First Big Sinkhole in Gold Butte?
January 14 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Join Jim Boone for an exploratory hike to the area around Devils Throat. From looking at aerial photos, it appears that Devils Throat is not the first sinkhole in Gold Butte. Let’s wander the area around Devils Throat and look for evidence of previous sinkholes. We will navigate by GPS to 10 sites that possibly were sinkholes but now are filled with sand and gravel. Expect 4-5 miles total hiking, entirely off trail. The terrain should be fairly gentle, so this hike is considered moderately difficult.
We have separate meet-up locations for the Las Vegas and the Mesquite–St. George members. In Las Vegas, we meet to carpool at 7:30am at the Cannery Casino (parking garage, 3rd floor, near the elevators) and hopefully return by 6:00pm. Hikers meeting at the Cannery will need to self-organize and carpool out. For those joining from Mesquite and St. George, and the carpoolers from Las Vegas, we will meet at Whitney Pocket (100 yards past the end of the pavement on Gold Butte Road; parking lot on the right) at 9:30am and hopefully return to that spot by 3:30pm.
All Friends of Gold Butte hikes are free and open to the public. We want to provide transportation for everyone, but you are welcome to drive yourself. We will be parking along the graded Gold Butte Road, so medium-clearance vehicles are fine for this hike. If you want to drive and are willing to accommodate passengers, please email email@example.com. If not, that’s fine, just please bring gas money for your driver.
For all hikes, please wear sturdy shoes, breathable layered clothing, and a hat. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, water, lunch, and snacks. There are no stores or facilities in Gold Butte; be prepared to pee in the bushes. Jim Boone is an ecologist and author of birdandhike.com, a website about birding and hiking around Las Vegas, with information about what people will see out on the land. He has extensive knowledge of the Gold Butte area.