I originaly planed on going to Mammoth this weekend, but my friend that was going with me got sick so I decided to do a solo trip to Death Valley instead. Wanted to climb Ubehebe Peak after trying it last year and going up the wrong peak.
This is the place I stayed Friday night in the Funeral Mountains. That's Corkscrew Peak in the background.
A view of the Stovepipe Wells Sand Dunes as I start my drive to the Racetrack.
The Kit Fox Hills with a section of the Grapevine Mountains behind them.
This coyote was walking along just off the highway.
At Scottys Castle. I got gas here before for heading down the long dirt road to the Racetrack.
Ubehebe Carter, took a quick look. The road to the Racetrack starts here.
On the Racetrack Road. It's about a 27 mile drive to Racetrack. The trail to Ubehebe Peak starts at the lakebed next to the Grandstand.
Still a little snow left from the storm of a couple of weeks ago.
At Teakettle Junction. Ubehebe Peak is the one on the left.
Some of the folks that past by here hang teapots on the sign. When I was here last year, there was twice as many of them.
This kitty one was full of bullet holes.
Some have names and dates on them of the people who left them.
There was even this tiny one.
After many miles of washbroad road, the Racetrack finally comes into view.
At the Racetrack.
Zoomed in on the Grandstand.
This skull was on the lakebed.
To be or not to be, that is the question.
At the base of Ubehebe Peak, the one on the left. Last year I tried this hike and ended up on the peak on the right.
On the trail.
Looking back at my truck as I start the hike.
Starting to get a better view of the Racetrack and Grandstand as I gain altitude.
With no one around to take photos of, I took one of myself.
Looking up Racetrack Valley as I hike up the switchbacks to the saddle.
On the saddle with a view of the Inyo Mountains to the west.
From the saddle I could see that the south end of the lakebed was flooded. That is the area most of the moving rocks can be found.
Zoomed in on my truck. Another vehicle is parked next to mine, it's the only other car I saw on this day. By the time I got down they were gone, had the area to myself.
Looking back down at the saddle and the switchbacks leading to it as I hike on.
This cool looking rock was on the trail. I think it's copper ore, there are copper mines in the area.
I remember this bucket from last year.
This type cactus is fairly common in Death Valley, seen them in many different areas.
Behind the first lower peak looking at Ubehebe. This is where to trail disappears into an on and off use trail. Looks bad from here. Had to descend a couple hundred feet before reaching the saddle between the peaks.
Looking up at the peak. Lost track of the use trail and ended up going up a chute filled with loose rock, need to find another way down.
Looking back at the saddle between the peaks.
On the top. Peak register at the bottom of photo.
Felt good to make it, I almost turned around at one point.
Found Justin's and Cori's names from 11-22-03, those guys get around.
Great view of the Racetrack from here.
Zoomed in on my truck at the trailhead 2,000' below. The Grandstand looks cool from here.
Lot of water at the south end of the lake. Last year it was dry in early February.
Looking to the northwest into the Saline Valley and the Inyo Mountains beyond.
View up the Racetrack Valley to the northeast.
Me on the summit. I didn't stay long, was worried about finding a safer way down than I came up.
One last shot from the top. Time to head down.
Making my way back to the saddle between the peaks. Got lucky on the way down and came across a use trail that was much easier than the chute I used to climb to the peak.
A view from between the peaks.
Back on the trail looking back at Ubehebe Peak.
The saddle down below where the switchbacks will take me to the trailhead.