My trip to Death Valley starts in tarffic on the 210 Freeway.
The rains started a short way past Mojave. This is where I got gas in Inyokern, it's pouring. Sections of the 178 past Ridgecrest were flooded, but I was able the drive through.
The next morning I woke up to find Bruce's truck parked next to mine. It was windy, but the weather looked like it would be great for hiking. Corkscrew Peak in the background.
Gabriela, Bruce and Joe (me) at the starting point for the hike 2,560'.
In the big wash heading towards the peak. When I did this hike last year, it was really foggy. It's nice to be able to see the peak.
Looking back towards Death Valley to the south.
This is where the wash narrows and turns left, a trail duck on the rock marks the way.
About half the mileage on this hike is in the wash, the second part climbs a steep ridge.
The wash starts to narrow even more, getting close to where we start on the ridge.
This is the entrance to the ridge. It starts up a small tight canyon.
This tight section is only about 200' long before we climb up on the ridge.
Looking back at Gabriela and Bruce a short way up the ridge. Finding your way on the first part of the hike in the washes is a little tricky, but once you get up on the ridge there is a good use trail that will lead you to the summit.
A view to the south as we start to gain altitude, really green out here.
This is where the hike starts to get tough.
Cactus on the ridge.
Looking up the ridge that we are following to the peak, Gabriela up ahead.
Rocks and cactus.
Only saw two bunchs of indian paintbrush on the hike.
The ridge gets steeper.
Looking at Death Valley to the south from about the 5,000' level.
This is the ridge we been climbing, it's steeper than it looks in the photo. I been to Death Valley over ten times and this is the greenest I've ever seen it, looks great.
Gabriela and Bruce at the top of a short rock climb. The rest of the way is on very steep trail.
The trail can be seen leading to the gap in the rocks, this was the steepest part of the hike.
The views just keep getting nicer as we get higher.
The hole in the rock at the top of the steep section of trail. Getting close to the summit.
A view through the hole.
Looking up at the summit from the hole.
Bruce near the summit.
The summit register with a view to the northwest.
The register entree from last year when I was up here with Sooz, Kathy, Jay and Brian. It was so foggy then we couldn't see a thing, glad to have a clear day this time.
Us on the summit of Corkscrew Peak 5,804', Thimble Peak in the background.
Zoomed in on Thimble Peak, been wanting to climb it for a couple of years.
Great looking mountain to the west.
Zoomed in on it's ridges.
This colorful rock is just off the summit.
Cool looking ridge below the colorful rock.
Looking down Death Valley in the distance.
To the north, clouds are starting to get thick.
Leaving a group of ten folks behind on the peak as we start the hike down. They arrived a short time after we did.
Nice looking canyon.
Zooned in on the same canyon.
Making our way back down to the hole in the rock.
We stopped on the way down to get a group shot at the hole.
This shot shows our starting point just left of the center of the photo.
Zoomed in on our starting point at the center of the photo.
One more shot of that nice looking canyon.
More cactus, there were a lot of these along the hike.