Skookum and Peak 6980

We just returned from a very successful 2-day backpacking loop in the northern Last Chance Range.  On Day 1, we hiked up to Skookum mining camp and explored all of the interesting mining remnants leftover there.  We then backtracked slightly and circled up into a basin high up in the mountains where we found a camping spot.  On Day 2, we hiked to the summit of Peak 6980, which has some of the most incredible views in the park.  We had great views of the Eureka Sand Dunes, Eureka Valley, Marble BM, Dry Mountain, Tin Mountain, Ubehebe Crater, and the snow-capped Sierras.  We then returned to camp, packed up, and backpacked back down to our vehicle.  The route was so well put together that I may end up adding it to my Recommended Backpacking Trips portion of the site.  In the near future, I will share two brand new full hiking reports on Skookum and Peak 6980.  This will include some really special panoramics of the Eureka Sand Dunes as seen from the summit.  (I’m saving the best pictures for later.)  But until then, here are a few teaser images.  Joining me on this trip were my brother Jim, brother Lowell, and friend Josh.  Our friend Tom also joined us for the P6980 portion of the hike.

Our group preparing to start along Big Pine Road
Lowell (left) and Josh (right) at Skookum mining camp
Josh and I standing on the summit of P6980
Ubehebe Crater as seen from the summit of P6980
Marble BM as seen from the summit of P6980

Oge Beach Trail (American Samoa) report released

This evening, our third hiking report from American Samoa is being released.  This report showcases a hike along ocean cliffs to visit an isolated beach on the island of Olosega.  Despite being a short hike (2.7 miles round-trip), there was a lot of interesting wildlife and many great views.  The new report is currently listed as report #14 under the South Pacific section and you can also view it by clicking on the link below.

Oge Beach Trail (American Samoa) report

Tumu Mountain Trail (American Samoa) report released

Today I am releasing the second of my five American Samoa hiking reports.  This new report documents a hike on the island of Ofu to the summit of Tumu Mountain.  This summit has one of the best views in the South Pacific.  And this report is actually the first time that this particular hike has been fully documented in detailed format.  The report is listed as #13 under the South Pacific section on the Introduction Page.  You can also view the new report by clicking on the link below.

Tumu Mountain Trail (American Samoa) report