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Grapevine/Northern Funeral Mountains
Titus Canyon/Klare SpringGF2e. Location/Access:
(36o 50.472’N; 117o 05.442’W) Klare Spring is located 2.1 miles down canyon from the “syncline” or 2.5 miles down canyon from Leadfield for a total distance from the highway of 17.7 miles.
Best Time: Anytime.
Geology: Note the petroglyphs (and vandal graffiti) on the large limestone boulder on the north side of the road. Like many springs in Death Valley, this one issues towards the surface here because of a fault. The springs have also produced the travertine around and especially above the spring and petroglyph boulder. Because of the spring, there is a fair amount of vegetation growing here and for some years, a wild date palm was growing until it was removed. Often, bighorn sheep visit this spring. The fault is the Titus Canyon fault which is normal and places rocks younger than the Zabriskie quartzite on the right hanging wall against rocks older than that on the left footwall (Miller and Wright, 2004). A short walk down the road reveals strongly deformed rocks of the Wood Canyon formation in the bluffs on the right.