Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!

Beautiful weather, this 16-mile out-and-back hike from Obsidian Campground feels easier than expected, I guess because the 2500-feet elevation gain is all gradual. Elevation during the hike ranges from 7675 to 9380 feet.