Today ends up largely being a scenic and relaxing drive up Highway 127 with many little stops along the way while I decide where to hike tomorrow.
13.6 hiking miles with close to 2900 feet of elevation gain. Because the grade is gradual, constant, and in a canyon, it doesn't feel like I'm rising that much while hiking, but I am.
It's a gloomy day, with rain drifting around in the area, so I stay in the FJ and keep driving. I happily end up at Death Valley's to Hole-in-the-Wall, though that wasn't the plan.
I decide to enjoy the rain while driving the FJ instead of hiking as planned. My plan isn't to end up in Panamint Valley, but that's where I'll be by the end of the day.
The rain has stopped, and it looks like a good hiking day! 5.5 miles round-trip on foot with about 1500 feet of elevation gain, relatively easy!
I passed by the Nadeau Trail a couple of days ago and stopped to look around. Today I'm back to drive a segment of this 4WD route between the Panamint Valley and the Argus Range.
From my Nadeau Trail campsite near the Argus Range Wilderness are many old roads to explore, so I choose a couple at random. I wasn't planning to visit this area, but am glad I ended up here!
It's a chilly and gorgeous day for walking 14.5 miles round-trip with about 3500 feet of elevation gain up into Dolomite Canyon in a remote area of Death Valley National Park.