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