Dantes Peak and Mount Perry
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.
The trailhead: Dantes Viewpoint
Hiking up the trail
Dantes Peak ahead
Off to Mount Perry, the red rock on the left
Looking back at Dantes Peak
Still losing elevation
Approaching the red rocks of Mount Perry
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 from past the summit
View northwest to Pyramid Peak (mouse over to zoom in)
I wasn't sure about this lizard, so I emailed Jim Boone. He assured me it was a
great basin collared lizard.
We were going to climb Coffin Mountain (filling the centre) after doing Dantes and Perry but it
looked too uninspiring.
Ryan and Dantes View 1:24,000 Topo
(9.0 mi, 5712 ft, 233 ft, 5676 ft, 7587 ft)