Lower Lake, California
20.000 x 22.259 inches
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Table Rock Calistoga California
Digital Art - Digital - Oil On Linen
The American West is filled with formations with steep sides and flat summits dubbed Table Rock. These are joined by an even greater profusion of flat-topped monuments identified as mesas, Spanish for "table". The Table Rock located in Napa Valley is at once among the most obscure and one of the most interesting formations to bear the Table Rock moniker. Located at the northern end of California�s fabled Napa Valley, Table Rock maintains its silent vigil above the town of Calistoga, guarding the pass leading from the Napa Valley to the Clear Lake Basin. The best vantage points to observe Table Rock are brief vistas along Highway 29 as one climbs toward Saint Helena Pass. Table Rock can also be easily observed from numerous places around Calistoga.
Table Rock is a large block of igneous rock. Protruding from the mountains above Calistoga, it has sheer cliffs on three sides. The west face is the most impressive, soaring 150 vertical feet above the slopes below. This face has numerous excellent features for climbing, including good cracks and pockets of large huecos. Although not a sheer, vertical surface, the slopes beneath the south and west faces drop away at a rapid pace. This give the impression that Table Rock is much larger than it is. The north face is not as sheer as the west and south faces, but it contains numerous fissures that provide swift access to the base of the formation. Further below the north side of Table Rock is Garrett Creek Canyon. Garrett Creek has a perennial flow, but during winter and spring is respectably large stream. The walls of Garrett Creek Canyon are littered with smaller, craggy formations similar to Table Rock. Garrett Creek drains Bear Valley, a wilderness of hoodoos, badlands and other bizarre rock formations reminiscent of the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico. As a day hike, this one can't be beat.
February 12th, 2013
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