Day 1 – Wingate Wash (Nov 2014 DV Trip)

We have arrived in Death Valley for our November 2014 trip.  This trip will consist of four hikes and several days relaxing.  Usually, I like to hike every day on DV trips, but this time it will be different.  Due to the difficulty of all four hikes being carried out, days off to rest are a necessity.  The first two days of hiking have already highlighted that fact.

To start off our trip, we arranged a drop-off out at the end of Owlshead Mountains Rd.  The plan was to hike one-way all the way around the northwestern Owlshead Mountains in between the divide between the Panamints and Owlsheads.  We wanted to hike the entire length of Wingate Wash from one end of the park to the other.  Along the way, we would spend some time exploring Wingate Lake, which has never before been documented in a trip report.  The hike was incredible and filled with beautiful wide-open spaces.  I’m going to save most of the details for the trip report to follow.  The entire hike was 30 miles in length (with heavy backpacks) spread out over the course of 2 days.  Here are a few pictures from the backpacking journey through Wingate Wash.

Following the old Wingate Wash Road with views of the southern Panamints
Following the old Wingate Wash Road with views of the southern Panamints
Exploring desolate and beautiful Wingate Dry Lake
Exploring desolate and beautiful Wingate Dry Lake with the Owlsheads on the left
Camping overnight on a shelf above Wingate Wash
Camping overnight on a shelf above Wingate Wash
Long hiking distances and wide open scenery down the full length of Wingate Wash
Long hiking distances and wide open scenery down the full length of Wingate Wash