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.
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.
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.
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.
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.