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Death Valley: Dante’s Ridge to Mt. Perry and Return

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Link: Google Terrain Map of Mt. Perry Area (https://www.google.com/maps/@36.2710107,-116.7279003,14z/data=%215m1%211e4?hl=en)

Important: Bring layers! It can be both windy and cold up there in the winter.

The Stats

Distance: Approx. 9 miles round trip out and back.

Elevation Gain: 3000+ ft.

Rating: Moderate 7/10

Duration: 5-6 hours, bring snacks and/or lunch.

Trail: Unmaintained single track with some bouldering and route finding.

The Plan

Spectacular vistas of the valley following a mountain ridgeline to the summit of Mt. Perry. The starting point for the hike is at the Dante’s View parking lot, which is a great destination by itself and considered the best drivable viewpoint in the valley. From Dante’s View (5,475 feet), the hike first climbs up to Dante’s Peak (5,704 feet), then follows the ridge down, around, and eventually up to Mount Perry (5,739 feet). As you probably noticed with those elevation figures, the ending point is not much higher than the starting point for the hike. However, there are a lot of ups and downs along the 4 1/2 miles each way, which accounts for a total elevation gain of over 3,000 feet. And one of the huge bonuses for this hike is that there is a trail to follow for virtually the entire hike. Mount Perry is nearly always visible, providing for a variety of nice views of the destination.

Directions: (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/36.466293,-116.8662208/36.2206333,-116.7264882/@36.3421674,-116.8385374,12z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0)

From Furnace Creek Head south on Hwy 190 for 12.4 miles. Look for the Dante’s View exit sign on your right. This will be Furnace Creek Rd. also known as Furnace Creek Wash Rd. After 7.5 miles of climbing ,winding road you will come to a junction. Stay to your right and proceed another 5.6 miles to the Dante’s View Parking lot. The trail head is at the start of the ridge-line near the entrance to the lot.

PLEASE – Know your limits and abilities. Bring and drink plenty of liquids when hiking. Check weather conditions and dress accordingly and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watching out for snakes, ticks, uneven footing, spectacular views, beautiful fauna all while carrying on a conversation with awesome (usually) fellow hikers can be extremely hazardous, rewarding and fun.

VHC HIKE RATING SCALE

Rating a hike is subjective, meaning the difficulty of a hike will be in direct relation to how often you hike and the type of hike you prefer. Keep in mind that any hike can have the following: un-even hiking surfaces, various obstructions, water and/or water crossings or bouldering and/or rock hopping. A great hike will have all of these!

1 – A long walk

2 – 4 mile hike w/little elevation gain

3 – 5 mile hike w/up to1000 ft. elevation gain

4 – 5+ mile hike w/up to1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increases at times)

5 – 7+ mile hike w/over 1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increasing even more at times)

6 – 7+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be trying to remember how to perform CPR)

7 – 5+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be muttering expletives to yourself)

8 – 10+ mile hike w/over 3500 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be angry with the hike leader)

9 – 10+ mile hike w/over 5000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be thinking of reporting the hike leader to the authorities)

10 – Use your imagination

Class 3 Scrambling: Scrambling or un-roped climbing. You must use your hands at times to hold the terrain or find your route. This may be caused by a combination of boulders, steepness and extreme terrain. Some Class 3 routes have ropes in place for assistance.

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:

I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup events, you are releasing the Valencia Hiking Crew Meetup Group and it’s organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup “Terms of Service” located on the bottom of the Meetup website. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS!

Details

Date:
February 2
Time:
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/events/256117056/

Organizer

V H C
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/

Venue

Dante’s View
DEATH VALLEY, CA 92328
Death Valley, CA US
+ Google Map
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Details

Date:
February 2
Time:
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/events/256117056/

Organizer

V H C
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/HikeItUp/

Venue

Dante’s View
DEATH VALLEY, CA 92328
Death Valley, CA US
+ Google Map