Jan 2015 DV — Sugarloaf Pk, Eureka Pk, Eureka Dunes

We just returned from a very successful short trip to Death Valley.  The first day, we did an epic 16 mile RT 11 hour 20 minute summit hike of Sugarloaf Peak.  We used my newly created Front Face Route to reach the top.  On the second day, we moved to the northern end of the park and hiked Eureka Peak from Jackass Flats in 9 hours as we covered 12.4 miles RT.  The views of the Eureka Sand Dunes and Last Chance Range from the summit were incredible.  On the final day, we did a sunrise morning hike of the Eureka Dunes, including spending a fair amount of time exploring and photographing the smaller back half of the dunes.  I really wanted to put some extra effort into giving special attention to the Eureka Dunes here on this site because it is such an amazing place to visit.  Brand new reports for these three destinations will be coming during the month of February.  Until then, you can enjoy the two new panoramic header images on the Main Page, as well as a few photos down below.  As the new reports are released, the destinations listed below will contain a link (as will the Main Page).

  • Sugarloaf Peak (coming soon)
  • Eureka Peak (coming by 2/18/15)
  • Eureka Sand Dunes (released 2/2/15)
My brother Jim looking at the front face of Sugarloaf Peak

My brother Jim looking at the front face of Sugarloaf Peak

On the summit of Sugarloaf Peak in the Panamint Mountains

On the summit of Sugarloaf Peak in the Panamint Mountains

Eureka Peak from the first ridge above Jackass Flats

Eureka Peak as seen from the first ridge above Jackass Flats

On the summit of Eureka Peak

On the summit of Eureka Peak

Hiking the majestic Eureka Sand Dunes

Hiking the majestic Eureka Sand Dunes

More Site Updates Underway

Now that I have finally caught up on posting all of the new trip reports for both Death Valley and other places (which won’t last long because more trips are on the schedule), I am turning my attention to a few long-overdue site updates. The first update to be completed was for the Cottonwood-Marble Loop Backpacking Page.  This page is widely used by the general public in planning their trips to do the route for the first time.  In fact, last year alone, the page had 3,545 visitor views (or about 10 per day) by people who were reading the page.  Additionally, a few park rules and regulations have changed.  Thus, I overhauled that page to provide twice as much beneficial information to help future hikers.  And there will be more updates to come which will be posted about here after.  Also, I changed out the site headers in order to keep the Main Page looking fresh.  The new site headers showcase the Eureka Dunes with two panoramics that I took in 2013 but never released.  In 2015, I plan to travel to the Eureka Dunes for a hike in order to document a brand new long-overdue trip report on the area.  Latest Site Updates include:

  • Cottonwood-Marble Backpacking Loop (updated 1/11/15)
  • Panamint City Backpacking Page (updated 1/13)
  • Introduction Page (updated 1/14)
  • DV Hiking Recommendations Page (udpated 1/15)
  • The Owlshead Mountains Page (updated 1/16)
  • Panamint City (updated 1/21 — representative of all new regular reports)

Caucasus Mountains Russia reports

Four months after completing three days of backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains last summer, I am finally releasing two reports on the area.  The first report covers backpacking through the Lago-Naki plateau, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The second report covers a day hike to Mount Fisht.  Links will become available here as the reports are released and links are also included on the site Introduction Page.