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!

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.