Ascent of Panamint Butte on 2020-03-14

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Saturday, March 14, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Panamint Butte
    Elevation:6584 ft / 2006 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a weekend Death Valley trip Brice and I had planned for a few months. Starting with visiting Darwin Falls, visiting the Panamint Dunes, camping in Panamint Valley, bagging Panamint Butte, camping at Furnace Creek, and visiting Badwater Basin for sunrise.

We stopped in at Darwin Falls and did the 1-mile hike up the wash through the canyon to the falls. A serene setting with warblers chirping throughout the canyon. The falls themselves are not overly impressive, but the fact they existing in this desolate region make them special. They also give life to a small pool of water which provides a home for many frogs. This would be the extent of the wildlife we would see for the rest of the weekend.

After visiting the falls it was getting too late in the day to go out to the dunes. Coming from the west on the 190, the road out to the dunes is just past the settlement of Panamint Springs on the left. I was surprised to say several folks set up for camping along the road. We stopped and checked out a pair of burnout vehicles (1950s?) along our drive, where we ended up spending the night at the dunes parking lot, camping on the flats nearby.

Next morning we drove my Subaru Forester up
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4631 ft / 1411 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Route:DPS Route
    Trailhead:1953 ft / 595 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Partly Cloudy
Chilly day, overcast, some hope of blue sky and a lot of wind on the way down!
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Marcus Lostracco
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