I'll spend 8 days out here this time, including a few days in the Owlshead Mountains area, with a stop in Mojave National Preserve along the way. The weather is warm, but not too hot, really quite perfect for desert hiking and camping right now.

Day 1: Silver Peak day hike, Mojave National Preserve

Day 1: Silver Peak day hike, Mojave National Preserve

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It feels good to be out in the Mojave Desert again after a six-month absence. It's a beautiful, clear and warm day for a 8.8-mile round-trip hike into a Wilderness area with about 2300 feet of elevation gain.

Day 2: A drive to the Owlshead Mountains, Death Valley National Park, with a stop at Salt Creek Hills

Day 2: A drive to the Owlshead Mountains, Death Valley National Park, with a stop at Salt Creek Hills

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I'll discover a new favorite place today, with lots of washboarded dirt road along the way to keep the FJ happy.

Day 3: Crystal Hills day hike, Death Valley National Park

Day 3: Crystal Hills day hike, Death Valley National Park

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Today's hike on a beautiful autumn day takes me to the Crystal Hills epsom salt mining area in the extreme southwest corner of Death Valley National Park. 11 hiking miles with about 1400 feet of elevation gain.

Day 4: Owl Peak day hike, Death Valley National Park

Day 4: Owl Peak day hike, Death Valley National Park

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Today's ramble up to and around Owl Peak adds up to 9 hiking miles with about 2200 feet of elevation gain. Another wonderful quiet and sunny day in Death Valley National Park with no other humans seen.

Day 5: Quail Peak day hike, Owlshead Mountains area

Day 5: Quail Peak day hike, Owlshead Mountains area

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I'm pleased to spend my day hiking up to Quail Peak (about 5100 feet elevation) in the Owlshead Mountains area on yet another sunny desert day in the mid-80s. About 15 miles of hiking...

Days 6 and 7: Driving the Tecopa and Kingston Range areas

Days 6 and 7: Driving the Tecopa and Kingston Range areas

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A couple of days of driving around and looking at the desert is a nice follow-up to three days of hiking out in the Owlshead Moutnains.

Day 8: Amargosa River day hike from China Ranch date farm

Day 8: Amargosa River day hike from China Ranch date farm

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I hiked the Amargosa River Trail from Tecopa Hot Springs to China Ranch date farm a few years ago, and today I'll explore a few miles of it south of China Ranch, which is mostly in the Kingston Range Wilderness.