Ascent of Dantes View Peak on 2016-04-06

Climber: Craig Barrett

Others in Party:Maccabee Barrett
Jedidiah Barrett
Date:Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dantes View Peak
    Elevation:5704 ft / 1738 m

Ascent Trip Report

First day and first stop in Death Valley National Park. Roughly 13 miles drive, all hardball from the Main Road that was easily navigated even with a Rental 25' Class C Motorhome. Weather was mostly sunny and mostly clear providing a beautiful view of the valley, Badwater Basin and the western peaks (Porter, Sentinel, Telescope, Rogers and Wildrose).

After taking pictures we left my wife (Karen) in the Parking Area and headed to the peak. Youngest two sons Maccabee (17) and Jedidiah (12) aren't that young anymore and negotiated the roughly 230' ascent easily passing numerous less motivated Americans and a couple of foreigners. First false peak is where the majority of the picture taking horde stops. Second false summit actually has a marker on it with an arrow pointing to the summit, some 20-25 meters to the southeast.

Beautiful view with a more than 5,600' drop to the lowest spot in CONUS. Mt. Perry is easily attainable and visible to the northeast; but, with a wife/mother in the Parking Area we had to descend after taking pictures and enjoying the moment. Despite a half full parking lot we only passed one person descending, were alone on the peak and passed a couple when descending. For a heavily visited spot and a relatively short summit hike we were in near solitude.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:229 ft / 69 m
    Total Elevation Loss:229 ft / 69 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:1 - 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Mostly Sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:229 ft / 69 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Parking Area to Dante's View Peak
    Start Trailhead:Dante's View Parking Area  5475 ft / 1668 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:229 ft / 69 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Dante's View Peak to Parking Area
    End Trailhead:Dante's View Parking Area  5475 ft / 1668 m

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