We first came to the White Tank campground because of the Arch Rock that I saw on Los Angeles Times in Spring 2015. At the time we arrived, the sun was setting and they ran out of campsites but we hiked a bit into the arch and stayed till after the sunset. Since it was during Spring, it was freezing at the time (around 30F) and I had to set up the camera and went inside the car to take pictures remotely!
At the time, I didn’t know how to take a good picture of the Milky way so we wasted some time there and went home.
Fast forward to 2017, we came back with some friends during the heated and windy Summer night. Boy, it was super crowded even during the Summer. The line to the Arch Rock at midnight is huge compared to nobody when I was there in 2015 at the peak time of the year.
We got in line for half an hour to wait for some college or high school kids to take pictures and they were not considerate at all given how long the line was. A rule of thumb of photography is not getting into somebody frame and no wasting other photographers time. After running out of patience, we had to remind them of the line behind them!
Anyway, I took several pictures of the guy on top of the Arch since we had a free model there. In our turn, we only spent about 10 minutes at the Arch and we wouldn’t want to make other people waste for us.
- There is no running water here so bring plenty water as you can
- The arch rock is not obvious from the parking or the campground. You will need to hike a bit on the trail to the arch.
- It’s very dark without the Moon at night so bring some head light to avoid the falling at night
- You may get lost (as we did twice when it got dark) so be very careful. Follow the light of the camps to go back (if there is any)