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Mount Perry Hike (Death Valley)
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.23 - 11:41:10
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Basin Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 600m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 2: Easy walking, a few places right at end where trail is undefined.
A wonderful and cool hike along a ridge with great views in both directions.
[photo]B139_MountPerry.jpg[caption]Mount Perry frkom part way along the ridge[/photo]

This was a day hike, part of our California Death Valley Road Trip.

The Death valley area has numerous desert peaks that make easy dayhike targets. We selected the Mount Perry hike from the parks brochure. It's just a hike along a broad ridge, a distance of 7 km each way. The starting point is the parking lot at Dantes View, which is almost as high as the peak. Despite being in various guidebooks, you almost always have the peaks to yourself. Although the parking lot had a dozen or more cars up for the view, most stay in the parking area, about 5% climb less than 1 km to Dante Peak 5704', and less than 1% go further than 1 km. Once past Dantes Peak, we met only one other party all day.

The hike itself takes most of the day. You drop a fair amount into a saddle in the middle, then climb the peak, then have to reclimb almost the same elevation on the way back. The total elevation gain is about 1714 feet (You gain 180 feet from parking lot to Dantes Peak, then drop to 4940' and climb 766 feet to Mount Perry, and then on the way back need to climb 764 feet again to get back to Dantes Peak.

The day was clear in both directions as we set out along the well defined trail. It was good walking. Far below on the west we were looking down at the white salt flats of the lowest point in North America, at 86 meters below sea level. Once we were over Dantes peak, Mount Perry looked like it might involve steep scrambling. After an hour or two we reached the low point, then started to climb the red rocks of the peak. There are actually 3 little false summits before we finally arrived at the main peak.

The view across Death valley was dominated by the snow covered Telescope...

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