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Daylight Peak
Death Valley, California
September 23, 2012

Daylight Peak is a lightweight mountain that delivers substantial views, and since it starts at 1300 m, it offers cooler temperatures than the Death Valley floor. Even so, it was 32°C (89°F) when Dinah and I set off at noon.

We were looking for a short climb to break up the three-hour drive from Las Vegas to Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley, and Daylight Peak fit the bill. It's about a half an hour from Beatty, Nevada, which, in turn, is two hours west of Las Vegas. If you can find your way to Daylight Pass on Highway 374, then you should have no trouble finding your way up Daylight Peak. The mountain can be ascended just about anywhere from the pass, but to make the most of it, we followed the east ridge to the summit and then descended the east slopes. Rock outcrops along the ridge made the trip more interesting than a mere walk-up, while the Funeral Mountains to the east and the Panamint Range to the west caught our attention. And below, of course, was central Death Valley.

KML and GPX Tracks


Daylight Peak is in the centre


We followed the ridgeline from left to right. The summit is on the right, in the back (mouse over
for a close-up).


Crossing the desert flats to reach the ridge


On the ridge


Looking back you can just make out our black SUV in the parking lot


Small pinnacles are scattered along the ridge


Telescope Peak appears hazy on the skyline


Intriguing terrain lays ahead


We easily climbed over or around rock outcrops along the ridge


Regaining the ridge


Funeral Mountains to the south (click for a larger image)


Dinah passes bright red rocks


False summit ahead


Heading to the true summit from the false summit


Last steps to the summit


On top of Daylight Peak


Corkscrew Peak to the west (mouse over for a close-up)


Coming down


Daylight Pass 1:24,000 Topo (2.1 miles, 5588 ft, 1237 ft)

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