Four days of solo hiking in quiet places around Eureka Valley plus some fun social days at Friendsgiving near the south end of Death Valley Park. Hiking up to Eureka Peak will be a milestone of sorts.

Day 1: Hiking Next Chance Canyon

Day 1: Hiking Next Chance Canyon

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Today I get to hike another canyon in the Last Chance Range that I haven't been to previously. 14 miles round-trip with about 2200 feet of elevation gain.

Day 2: Eureka Peak, Saline Range, day hike

Day 2: Eureka Peak, Saline Range, day hike

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19.1 miles round-trip with just under 4000 feet of elevation gain. No stray balloons found on this amazing hike!

Day 3: Hidden Dunes of Eureka Valley day hike

Day 3: Hidden Dunes of Eureka Valley day hike

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These small dunes sit serenely behind some low rocky hills at the base of the Saline Range. Easy 10.5 hiking miles round-trip with about 750 of elevation gain.

Day 4: Up and Down Mine site in the Last Chance Range

Day 4: Up and Down Mine site in the Last Chance Range

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The surreal landscape of this part of the Last Chance Range is my welcoming host for the day. 5.5 hiking miles with about 2000 feet of elevation gain.

Day 5-6: Friendsgiving at an old trailer park near southwest Death Valley

Day 5-6: Friendsgiving at an old trailer park near southwest Death Valley

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Food, fun, drinks, and camping with friends, plus a 5-mile hike in the Resting Spring Range and visits to China Ranch date farm and Tecopa Hot Springs.

Day 7: A drive up Death Valley Park's famous Cottonwood Canyon

Day 7: A drive up Death Valley Park's famous Cottonwood Canyon

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... with stops at Hole in the Wall and Grotto Canyon.

Day 8: A hike up into the Grapevine Mountains

Day 8: A hike up into the Grapevine Mountains

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The excellent Friendsgiving meet-up ends and I venture out on an easy solo hike today. 11.3 hiking miles with around 1900 feet of elevation gain.

Day 9: Death Valley dust storm plus a Panamint Dry Lake walk

Day 9: Death Valley dust storm plus a Panamint Dry Lake walk

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Storm clouds move in, so I cancel my hike, but viewing a dramatic dust storm and then hiking an unplanned 7 miles around Panamint Dry Lake all end this trip nicely.