I've been wanting to hike a few of the endless hills and canyons around Eureka Dunes and the Saline Range, so this week is my chance to get to know the area a bit more.

Day 1: Lee Wash and Darwin Plateau day hike

Day 1: Lee Wash and Darwin Plateau day hike

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After a walk around the Lee Mines area, it will be 13 miles or so hiking down upper-middle Lee Wash and back over the Darwin Plateau. Perfect weather, except for the dust storm down in Panamint Valley below.

Day 2: Hike to that famous petroglyph site in the Coso Range Wilderness

Day 2: Hike to that famous petroglyph site in the Coso Range Wilderness

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I've been looking forward to meeting up with petroglyph-hunter Anthony Edwards of anthromorph.net for today's hike into Upper Centennial Canyon. Now, here we are.

Day 3: A sweet hike up to two high points—BM 8015 and BM 8037

Day 3: A sweet hike up to two high points—BM 8015 and BM 8037

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In the north end of the Saline Range, just inside Death Valley Park, lie these two high points with great views. A 6-mile-round-trip hike with about 1300 feet of elevation gain from "Stereo Valley."

Day 4: Down to Eureka Valley I drive, hiking to be done down there

Day 4: Down to Eureka Valley I drive, hiking to be done down there

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I looked down at Eureka Valley yesterday from up above. Now it's time to drive down there!

Day 5: Dedeckera Canyon and Kill Canyon, Last Chance Range

Day 5: Dedeckera Canyon and Kill Canyon, Last Chance Range

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The Last Chance Range tends to be colorful, and today I'll get to hike through some really interesting parts of it. 12 hiking miles round trip.

Day 6: Hiking Slow Canyon in south Eureka Valley

Day 6: Hiking Slow Canyon in south Eureka Valley

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I'll hike 13 miles round-trip up into remote Slow Canyon off Eureka Valley. Beautiful, quiet country. It doesn't appear that many people ever come back here.

Day 7: I must climb Eureka Dunes while I'm in the area!

Day 7: I must climb Eureka Dunes while I'm in the area!

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It's been great seeing Eureka Dunes from many angles as I explore Eureka Valley, but today I want to climb up the dunes and not just see them.

Day 8: Tin Can Canyon, Saline Range

Day 8: Tin Can Canyon, Saline Range

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Continuing my curiosity about the Saline Range, I'll hike some of Tin Can Canyon and a bit of Harliss-Brody Canyon today. About 14 miles round-trip.