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Panorama from Mount Perry

Dantes Peak and Mount Perry
Death Valley, California
November 15, 2011

Dinah wanted to hike Dantes Peak and Mount Perry largely as an excuse to return to Death Valley, and at this time of the year, it worked out well. That day, we enjoyed much warmer weather there than in Las Vegas.

The route was utterly straightforward. Starting from Dantes Viewpoint parking lot, we hiked up Dantes Peak (a ten-minute trip) and then followed the ridge north to Mount Perry. Good trails aided our journey most of the way, but the 200 m elevation loss between the two peaks was disheartening. However, the trip was worth the views of Death Valley, especially of Telescope Peak (3454 m, the highest point in Death Valley) which rises above Badwater Basin, lying 282 m below sea level, the lowest point in North America.

KML and GPX Tracks


Looking down at Badwater Basin from Dantes trailhead


A broad trail leads to the summit of Dantes Peak


Hiking up the trail


Dantes summit ahead


Panorama from Dantes Peak


Off to Mount Perry, the red rock on the left


Badwater Basin and Telescope Peak (mouse over to zoom in)


Looking back at Dantes Peak on the right


Still losing elevation


Approaching the red rocks of Mount Perry


Colourful landscape


Looking back along the ridge all the way to Dantes Peak


The summit is the second bump from the left


Flat expansive desert behind me


Almost at the summit


On Mount Perry


View past the summit


View northwest to Pyramid Peak (mouse over to zoom in)


Great basin collared lizard


Bat Mountain


We were going to climb Coffin Peak (filling the centre) after doing Dantes and Perry but it looked uninspiring


Ryan and Dantes View 1:24,000 Topo
(9.0 mi, 5712 ft, 233 ft, 5676 ft, 7587 ft)


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