Mount Palmer new report released

Continuing on with my series of new Death Vally hiking reports, I have now released my brand new report for Mount Palmer in the Grapevine Mountains.  This was a truly incredible hike and I’m thrilled to be able to share the details and photographs of it with you.  This hike will be too challenging for some people, but those who can get there and handle the hike will be rewarded with some great views and forest scenery.  To view the new report for Mount Palmer, click here or check out report #109 on the Main Page of the site.

Minor Update 5/27 — added in wildflower identification.

Eureka Peak new report released

This evening I am releasing my hiking report for Eureka Peak.  This is my final report to come out of our January 2015 trip.  Eureka Peak was definitely an outstanding hike with such incredible views of the Eureka Sand Dunes.  I hope you enjoy checking out the report.  To view it, click here or go to the Main Page and click on report #92.  The reports for Mount Palmer and Tucki Mountain will be coming next.

Room Cyn & Kaleidoscope Cyn report updates

You might be interested in hearing about some recent updates to our Room Canyon and Kaleidoscope Canyon trip reports.  Just recently, NPS staff members have approved the release of hiking maps for both Room Canyon and Kaleidoscope Canyon.  So I went ahead and added those to my reports.  The reason for this change is that NPS staff members have approved these two canyons for inclusion in an upcoming guidebook release, so they feel no further need to withhold location maps.  Both of these canyons have become unofficial favorites of park visitors, with a consistent flow of people stopping by the FCVC to inquire about directions during the past couple of years.  Thank you to all of those who respected the wishes of NPS staff members and did not leak maps of these places publicly or post any photos on Google Earth showing the locations up until now.  Those who honored the requests of NPS staff members in this regard are to be commended for doing the right thing in helping to protect the park and showing respect for Death Valley’s hidden treasures.  You showed that you truly cared and did not try to pridefully place yourself in a position above those who have the job to make the decisions in behalf of the park’s best interests.  It was refreshing to see that so many hikers out there did not try to carry out their own agenda or attempt to seek personal glory by being the person who “leaked” the locations.  Now that NPS staff members have made this adjustment, everyone is now free to share maps and information about these locations.

May 2015 Day 2 – Tucki Mountain

Continuing my Spring 2015 theme of doing Death Vally peak hikes, I wrapped things up by hiking to the summit of Tucki Mountain along with Charlie (a friend from NPS, different from the Charlie who joined me for Mount Palmer).  With that, I accomplished my four major hikes for the season and was able to avoid canyon hiking for the first time in a long time.  I plan to resume my canyon hiking this Fall by covering several undocumented canyons.  I’m also targeting Marble BM peak, which is now #1 on my Death Valley To-Do List.  Mount Palmer had been my former #1 but that has now been accomplished.  Tucki Mountain was a very fun hike to do.  Excellent terrain to hike on and a variety of great views during the hike.  The hike to the summit involves crossing 4 different ridgelines (the one you start on, two in the middle, and the final ridgeline which has the summit).  A new trip report for Tucki Mountain will be coming once I have published the reports for Eureka Peak and Mount Palmer.  Below, I am sharing a few teaser pictures from the Tucki Mountain hike.

On the starting point ridge for the hike looking at Tucki Mountain summit far in the distance (rounded hill in background)

On the starting point ridge for the hike looking at Tucki Mountain summit far in the distance (rounded hill in center background)

Charlie on the 2nd ridge pointing toward the 3rd which we had to climb next

Charlie on the 2nd ridge pointing toward the 3rd which we had to climb next

An abundance of wildflowers along the 3rd ridgeline

An abundance of wildflowers along the 3rd ridge

Reaching the summit and enjoying a nice view of Wildrose Peak (left), Rogers Peak (center), and Telescope Peak (right)

Reaching the summit and enjoying a nice view of Wildrose Peak (left), Rogers Peak (center), and Telescope Peak (right)

May 2015 Day 1 – Mount Palmer

This past weekend, we completed a successful summit hike of Mount Palmer in the Grapevine Mountains.  The area was extremely beautiful and this was definitely one of my favorite summit hikes ever in the park.  That being said, it was also a very challenging hike.  I’m looking forward to writing up a full trip report on the Mount Palmer hike within the next couple of weeks.  (First, I have to finish up my half-completed report on Eureka Peak.)  Here are a few teaser images from our Mount Palmer hike.  We also took one other hike while we were in the park, which I will make another post about.

The summit of Mount Palmer can be seen behind Charlie (a long-time friend from my area)

The summit of Mount Palmer can be seen behind my friend Charlie

On the summit of Mt Palmer with Grapevine Peak, Coyote BM, and Wahguyhe Peak behind me

On the summit of Mt Palmer with Grapevine Peak, Coyote BM, and Wahguyhe Peak behind me

The incredible view of Thimble Peak and Corkscrew Peak side-by-side from the Mt Palmer summit

An incredible view of Thimble Peak and Corkscrew Peak seen side-by-side from the summit

View of the Palmer ridgeline in the late afternoon sun while hiking back

View of the Palmer ridge line in the late afternoon sun while hiking back