A little while ago we decided to take a trip up Lexington Canyon in the South Snake Range near Great Basin National Park to see what had happened since the Black Fire. The fire started July 1 and burned about 5,000 acres, with some of it getting a little exciting with big wind gusts that had firefighters calling for retardant drops and more than 100 firefighters. Other times the fire was quiet, burning slowly in high elevation forests. In late August we had quite a monsoonal pattern, with thunderstorms building and actually delivering rain nearly every day. Some of those rains were really heavy, including one over the fire that caused a flood washing many miles, out to the highway, with a wide debris path.
We stopped to take a look at the muddy wash bottom and were surprised just how wide and deep the water and debris had been.
We sent Desert Boy to the bottom of the wash for scale (and to run out some of his energy!)
The road was impassable at the culvert, but beyond it was in good shape (better than the Snake Creek road).
The firefighters had saved the cabin by cutting most of the shrubs around it. This makes it quite accessible now.
The road was still in good condition, and we continued up to the spring, where we found a splash of green. We camped here in 2012, but it looked so different on this visit!