I'll start 2017 with a chilly hiking-camping trip around the Argus Range and Panamint Valley, just like 2016. I'll join "King of the Argus Range" and book designer Eric Larson of studio-e-books.com at his Ash Hill campsite.

Day 1: Thompson Canyon beyond the Minietta Cabin in the Argus Range

Day 1: Thompson Canyon beyond the Minietta Cabin in the Argus Range

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Eric and I have both visited the Minietta Cabin previously, so today we'll hike up Thompson Canyon a bit further past that before the short day ends.

Day 2: Lookout Mountain and Stone Canyon in the Argus Range

Day 2: Lookout Mountain and Stone Canyon in the Argus Range

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Out of so many possible destinations from our Ash Hill/Nadeau Trail campsite, we choose to drive up Stone Canyon and then hike up Lookout Mountain for a view of our campsite.

Day 3: Hiking the neighborhood: Ash Hill, Modoc Mine and lower Lookout Mountain

Day 3: Hiking the neighborhood: Ash Hill, Modoc Mine and lower Lookout Mountain

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We're taking each day as it comes, with no firm plans, which leads to an excellent, relaxing hike today.

Day 4: Driving and hiking Osborne Canyon in the Argus Range

Day 4: Driving and hiking Osborne Canyon in the Argus Range

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We haven't done much homework, so we don't know what we'll find today. We'll follow the old road until it ends, and then hike on from there. Beautiful place, it turns out.

Day 5: A visit to that rock-art site I've been wanting to visit

Day 5: A visit to that rock-art site I've been wanting to visit

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Another chilly morning close to 40 degrees F. I'll stop at Panamint Springs for some gas before going too far.

Day 6: Panamint Dunes on a cool, murky day with a little rain

Day 6: Panamint Dunes on a cool, murky day with a little rain

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It should be a serene day out on the Panamint Dunes by myself as the rain clouds move about and sprinkle. I'll walk around 10 miles round-trip from the FJ.

Day 7: Hiking Nova Canyon, Death Valley National Park

Day 7: Hiking Nova Canyon, Death Valley National Park

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Beautiful, varied desert-canyon country ahead of me today to end this trip: about 16 miles hiking round-trip, from about 1600 to 5400 feet elevation.