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

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

by Michel Digonnet

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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 by car, this comprehensive guidebook provides dozens of destinations suited to your interests.

Illustrated with original topographic maps, Hiking Death Valley, by Michel Digonnet, will guide you to the area'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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780965917834
Publisher: Wilderness Press
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 550
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michel Digonnet is a professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He has spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has dedicated a good fraction of his spare time to exploring the deserts of California and the Southwest. He has authored three outdoors books on the California Desert. He lives in Palo Alto, CA.

Table of Contents

About This Book5
Part I.A Few Basic Facts11
Natural and Human History11
The Region11
Native American History33
Mining History37
Desert Hiking Tips43
Best Seasons for Hiking43
Water: Needs and Availability44
Handling the Terrain46
Backcountry Regulations48
Rock Climbing50
Backcountry Driving55
Wilderness Ethics57
Public Showers59
Service Stations61
Visitor Center61
Useful Phone Numbers62
Part II.Grapevine Mountains63
Red Wall Canyon69
Fall Canyon75
Leadfield and Upper Titus Canyon81
Titus Canyon Narrows89
Titanothere Canyon93
Part III.Funeral Mountains99
Monarch Canyon105
Chloride Cliff111
The Big Bell Extension Mine119
The Keane Wonder Mine127
Indian Pass Canyon137
Echo Canyon and the Inyo Mine143
Slit Canyon151
Part IV.Black Mountains155
Golden Canyon161
Gower Gulch165
Twenty Mule Team Canyon169
Desolation Canyon175
Artist Drive Area179
Natural Bridge Canyon185
Bad Canyon189
Sheep Canyon195
Willow Creek199
Scotty's Canyon205
Ashford Canyon211
Virgin Spring Canyon and the Desert Hound Mine217
Ibex Spring227
Part V.Valley Floor and Alluvial Fans233
Mesquite Flat237
The Kit Fox Hills241
The Death Valley Sand Dunes247
Nevares Springs and Nevares Peak253
Harmony Borax Works and the Borax Haystacks259
The Badwater Basin265
Saratoga Spring271
Death Valley279
Part VI.The Last Chance Range285
Last Chance Mountain291
Dry Mountain295
The Ubehebe Mine301
Corridor Canyon307
The Racetrack Valley311
Ubehebe Peak and the Copper Queen Mines317
The Lippincott Mine and Dodd Springs323
Part VII.Cottonwood Mountains329
Bighorn Gorge335
Dry Bone Canyon341
Perdido Canyon347
Lost Burro Mine353
Lower Marble Canyon357
Upper Marble Canyon363
Cottonwood Canyon369
Lemoigne Canyon375
The Kerdell Prospect383
Part VIII.Panamint Mountains387
Stretched-Pebble Canyon395
Mosaic Canyon399
Grotto Canyon405
Little Bridge Canyon411
Trail Canyon415
South Fork of Trail Canyon423
Hanaupah Canyon429
Johnson Canyon435
Warm Spring Canyon441
Telephone Canyon449
Jayhawker Canyon461
Burns Spring and Journigan's Mill467
Part IX.Eureka, Saline, and Panamint Valleys473
The Eureka Dunes479
Saline Valley485
The Inyo Mountains495
The Panamint Valley Dunes501
Darwin Falls505
Wildrose Canyon511
Wildrose Peak and Telescope Peak517

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Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!