Death Valley (March 21-23, 2019)

Last weekend, I returned with my wife and young son for a family trip to Death Valley.  As part of this, we did a couple of hikes.  First, we did a family hike to Darwin Falls.  That means I will finally have an updated report on the area in the near future.  Second, my friend Tom from NPS joined up and we did a hike of Death Valley’s newest major summit – Quail BM in the Quail Mountains.  And to our surprise, it turned out to be one of the best wildflower hikes that we had ever done in Death Valley.  After hearing that it was not such a great wildflower season in Death Valley this year, we were not expecting much in that regard.  But the hiking route that we chose through the Quail Mountains just happened to have a spectacular bloom nonstop for 3 straight miles.  It was completely beautiful, stunning, and unforgettable.  You will see much more in my upcoming report on Quail BM, but for now here are 8 teaser images of one of my lifetime favorite hikes in Death Valley.

Fremont Phacelia blanketed the ground everywhere
Wildflowers everywhere as we headed into the Quail Mountains
Burro trails guided us most of the way
Hillsides covered by green, purple, and yellow colors
Beautiful wildflowers everywhere around us in the Quail Mountains
Painted Lady butterflies were enjoying the flowers also
Lupines were blooming in the canyon we passed through
Standing at the summit of Quail BM (5,103 feet)
Wild burros with Lost Lake in the background (picture also added to our Wildlife Page)