Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past

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With Elevations Ranging from 282 feet below sea level to 11,049 feet, a world-famous climate, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the North American desert, Death Valley National Park is a year-round hiker's paradise. Hundreds of miles of trails and cross-country routes lead to countless canyons, springs, and abandoned mines, most of them infrequently visited. Whether you want to stroll on salt flats, hike a lonesome canyon, climb a rugged peak, visit a remote gold mine, or simply explore the backcountry ...
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Overview

With Elevations Ranging from 282 feet below sea level to 11,049 feet, a world-famous climate, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the North American desert, Death Valley National Park is a year-round hiker's paradise. Hundreds of miles of trails and cross-country routes lead to countless canyons, springs, and abandoned mines, most of them infrequently visited. Whether you want to stroll on salt flats, hike a lonesome canyon, climb a rugged peak, visit a remote gold mine, or simply explore the backcountry by car, this comprehensive guidebook provides dozens of destinations suited to your interests. Illustrated with original topographic maps, this book will guide you to Death Valley's most popular sites and many spectacular, out-of-the-way places, illustrating the remarkable diversity of its terrain, geology, flora, and fauna. Many of the region's historic mines, camps, and ghost towns are also described, including accounts of their fascinating and colorful past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965917803
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: second printing
  • Pages: 542
  • Sales rank: 404,813
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
About This Book 5
Part I. A Few Basic Facts 11
Natural and Human History 11
The Region 11
Weather 12
Geology 15
Flora 25
Fauna 30
Native American History 33
Mining History 37
Desert Hiking Tips 43
Best Seasons for Hiking 43
Water: Needs and Availability 44
Handling the Terrain 46
Backcountry Regulations 48
Rock Climbing 50
Hazards 51
Backcountry Driving 55
Wilderness Ethics 57
Services 59
Food 59
Public Showers 59
Campgrounds 59
Lodging 61
Service Stations 61
Visitor Center 61
Useful Phone Numbers 62
Part II. Grapevine Mountains 63
Red Wall Canyon 69
Fall Canyon 75
Leadfield and Upper Titus Canyon 81
Titus Canyon Narrows 89
Titanothere Canyon 93
Part III. Funeral Mountains 99
Monarch Canyon 105
Chloride Cliff 111
The Big Bell Extension Mine 119
The Keane Wonder Mine 127
Indian Pass Canyon 137
Echo Canyon and the Inyo Mine 143
Slit Canyon 151
Part IV. Black Mountains 155
Golden Canyon 161
Gower Gulch 165
Twenty Mule Team Canyon 169
Desolation Canyon 175
Artist Drive Area 179
Natural Bridge Canyon 185
Bad Canyon 189
Sheep Canyon 195
Willow Creek 199
Scotty's Canyon 205
Ashford Canyon 211
Virgin Spring Canyon and the Desert Hound Mine 217
Ibex Spring 227
Part V. Valley Floor and Alluvial Fans 233
Mesquite Flat 237
The Kit Fox Hills 241
The Death Valley Sand Dunes 247
Nevares Springs and Nevares Peak 253
Harmony Borax Works and the Borax Haystacks 259
The Badwater Basin 265
Saratoga Spring 271
Death Valley 279
Part VI. The Last Chance Range 285
Last Chance Mountain 291
Dry Mountain 295
The Ubehebe Mine 301
Corridor Canyon 307
The Racetrack Valley 311
Ubehebe Peak and the Copper Queen Mines 317
The Lippincott Mine and Dodd Springs 323
Part VII. Cottonwood Mountains 329
Bighorn Gorge 335
Dry Bone Canyon 341
Perdido Canyon 347
Lost Burro Mine 353
Lower Marble Canyon 357
Upper Marble Canyon 363
Cottonwood Canyon 369
Lemoigne Canyon 375
The Kerdell Prospect 383
Part VIII. Panamint Mountains 387
Stretched-Pebble Canyon 395
Mosaic Canyon 399
Grotto Canyon 405
Little Bridge Canyon 411
Trail Canyon 415
South Fork of Trail Canyon 423
Hanaupah Canyon 429
Johnson Canyon 435
Warm Spring Canyon 441
Telephone Canyon 449
Skidoo 455
Jayhawker Canyon 461
Burns Spring and Journigan's Mill 467
Part IX. Eureka, Saline, and Panamint Valleys 473
The Eureka Dunes 479
Saline Valley 485
The Inyo Mountains 495
The Panamint Valley Dunes 501
Darwin Falls 505
Wildrose Canyon 511
Wildrose Peak and Telescope Peak 517
Bibliography 523
Index 529
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    Great Hikers Companion!

    This guide has it all. There's history of each and every place. Descriptions of the trails and routes are detailed. The geology that you'll pass through is explained.It's broken down by regions, if you're not going to be in that area, skip that part. You don't have to read a novel to get to the area you're interested in. Here's one note however, have some idea or help from a ranger about the actual destination point. Once out in the desert everything tends to look like what YOU are looking for. The author notes you've got a 50% chance of getting lost on the first fork you'll choose, so get some local knowledge just to be sure you're headed in the right direction. Take the book along and read it as you go. You'll probably find you want to hike every canyon to it's end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    If you are going - get this! This is history, trail de

    If you are going - get this!
    This is history, trail descriptions, geology, plant life, mountain ranges, pretty much has it all.
    The down side; as a hiking book its huge and carrying extra water might be better than toting this. But if you use it to plan from or want to follow up after you get back from a trail, you would be hard pressed to find anymore information.
    Another nice part of the layout is that it is broken into segments. If you aren't going South, you don't have to plow through that part of the book to get to the West.
    It is comprehensive, detailed, and a real companion to anyone hiking the park.
    Gotta' say; if you go, check with someone. Make sure you know where you are going. The distances are huge and you want to use your time wisely. Take this book and GO!

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