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View 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

The trailhead: Dantes Viewpoint

Hiking up the trail

Dantes Peak ahead

View 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

Still losing elevation

Approaching the red rocks of Mount Perry

Colorful 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 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.

Bat Mountain

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)

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