Ascent of Panamint Butte on 2020-03-14
|Date:||Saturday, March 14, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6584 ft / 2006 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis 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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