Ascent of Grapevine Peak on 2011-02-09
|Date:||Wednesday, February 9, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8738 ft / 2663 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI dollowed the DPS intructions on how to climb Grapevine Peak and they worked great. From the town of Beatty heading north on Hwy 95 find the Angel's Ladies Brothel and mark your mileage. By the way, Angel's Ladies offers free overnight parking and massages to ease those after hike pains. Drive north from there about 11.3 miles to an unsigned road on the left. This is at virtual milepost 71.6. Go through the gate and head west towards the Grapevine Mountains ahead. From the gate at 6.4 miles stay straight, at 6.8 miles cross a cattle guard and enter Death Valley National Park, at 10.4 miles cross a north/south road, at 15.4 miles pass a small weather station on the left, the road gets a little rougher form now on, at 16.9 miles drop into a wash, at 20.7 miles I parked because of snow and ice on the road at elevation 6800ft. If the road is clear and you can get around a big rock in the road ahead, you can drive another .8 miles up to a saddle at elevation 7,520 ft where the real hike begins.
I hiked up the road to the saddle and then turned right or north and hiked up the ridge to where it connects with the east ridgeline heading to Grapevine Peak. There is no trail. It is all cross country. There are several rocky outcroppings to climb over or around as you head to the summit. Nothing technical, just some route finding trying to find the easiest way around the rock outcroppings. Fantastic views of Death Valley, White Mountains, Sierras, and the Panamints. Wow!! A photographers paradise.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2736 ft / 834 m|
| Distance:||6.5 mi / 10.5 km|
| Route:||DPS Southeast Ridge|
| Trailhead:||6002 ft / 1829 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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