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Ascent of Dantes View Peak on 2019-12-12

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Thursday, December 12, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dantes View Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5704 ft / 1738 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sole hike of some peaks in Death Valley. First were some peaks near Dantes View. Desert View is in the parking lot. Dante View Peak had a nice trail to the summit starting from the parking lot. There was a BM and directional BM on the summit. Great views of Sierras and Badwater Basin. The trail traverses the ridge, with the ridge on one side and about a mile drop to Badwater Basin on the other side. For the Coffins, drove back to the bathroom and parked. Started down a sandy wash to a point due west of False Coffin, cross county up and over 5410 to the Summit. No obvious point for the summit, just a flat plateau. I just hike to where the Peakbagger red dot was. From False Coffin, followed the ridge to Coffin. The summit had the top to a register can, but no register.
Next were a couple of bumps off of 20 Mule Team Canyon road. I tried to do Monte Blanco. I had a track; however I kept losing the track. Hiking in the Badlands is tough. You definitely need some form of electronic device to help you. It is easy to get lost. I finally gave up and decided to get Cerro Blanco. From the topo it looked like a piece of cake. It turned out to be the hardest of the day. I walked down the road to a spot I thought would work. I wanted to get up to an area of black lava rocks. It involved climbing up steep, loose dirt. It felt like the last 100’ was 90 degrees and I had to crawl up on my hands and knees. Once on the ridge, it went well. I chose a different route down. It was a plunge step down to the road.
My last bump was Zabriskie Point. I wanted to check out the area for my next hike.
7:10 am Dantes View Summit. Drive up.
7:30 am Dantes View Peak Summit
7:55 am Car. 0.9 mile round trip, 300’ gain, 45 minutes
8:10 am Depart. 5170’
8:40 am Peak 5410
9:00 am False Coffin Peak Summit
9:30 am Coffin Peak Summit
10:50 am Car. 2.8 miles round trip, 975’ gain, 2 hours, 40 minutes.
11:45 am Depart. 1240’
12:45 pm Car unsuccessful summit attempt. 1.2 miles round trip, 260’
12:45 pm Depart. 1240’
1:20 pm Cerro Blanco Summit
1:45 pm Car. 0.8 miles round trip, 270’ gain, 1 hour
2:05 pm Depart.
2:10 pm Zabriskei Point Summit
2:15 pm Car. 0.3 miles round trip, 70’ gain, 10 minutes.
Total for the day: 6 miles round trip, 1875’ gain, 5 hours, 35 minu
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