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The PERFECT FIVE-DAY/FOUR-NIGHT Backpacking/Dayhiking Adventure in Death Valley

February 21, 3:00 pm - February 25, 11:59 am

Good afternoon, LMBP!

I have finalized my Death Valley NP trip!

THIS is the CONDENSED version of the itinerary. EMAIL me for an email or pdf of the FULL version.

A REQUEST: IF YOU HAVE A 4WD and/or HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE, AND CAN HELP DRIVE/SHUTTLE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

IMPORTANT: PANAMINT CITY RODENTS may have HANTAVIRUS. I STRONGLY you BUY THE APPROPRIATE MASK or NOT enter the buildings. Contact me: I bought the 3M-suggested mask on Amazon.

This is a FIVE DAY/FOUR NIGHT trip.

THREE NIGHTS are CAR CAMPING: (Yes, campfires, s’mores, wine, Jiffypop!)

NIGHT TWO follows a VERY STRENUOUS and WET 6-mile BACKPACK (with a 3800’ ascent) up SURPRISE CANYON to the EXTRAORDINARY mining ghost town of PANAMINT CITY.

DAY FOUR: great drives, spectacular views, and short day hikes.

Here is the park website: https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

Park guide & map: http://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/news/upload/508-print-VER-Visitor-Guide-18-19.pdf

DAY ONE, 2/21/19:

Arrive in PANAMINT SPRINGS RESORT CAMPGROUND to their ONLY Group Campsite NO EARLIER THAN 3:00 pm and BEFORE 8:30 pm.

Website: https://www.panamintsprings.com.

Directions: http://www.panamintsprings.com/about-us/locationdirections/.

Set up camp. Ready for a group get-together/dinner. This is NOT a formal affair: just a chance to get to meet each other before we spend our weekend together.

NOTE: NO FOOD OR SUPPLIES are provided. Bring all victuals/supplies you will need.

NIGHT ONE is together enjoying our campfire, simple camp goodies, and friendly conversation under the beautiful, star-filled sky.

DAY TWO, 2/22/19:

Awake. Breakfast EARLY.

Prepare for difficult backpack up SURPRISE CANYON to PANAMINT CITY. Leave NO LATER THAN 7:30 am.

Drive to Ballarat. Drive toward the Surprise Canyon Trailhead as far as possible. In one way or another (driving, shuttling, or hiking), we will begin our hike at the Surprise Canyon Trailhead (36°06’44.4″N 117°10’35.3″W) NO LATER THAN 9:30 am.

AllTrails: https://www.alltrails.com/es/explore/trail/us/california/surprise-canyon-trail

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZvyexMmR_w&t=379s

Hike SURPRISE CANYON TRAIL.

Set up camp. Explore ghost town’s mines/buildings.

NIGHT TWO under the stars amid the town’s abandoned buildings and mineshafts.

DAY THREE, 1/23/19:

Awake. Breakfast EARLY.

Explore mines/buildings/petroglyphs.

Hike down, then drive to FURNACE CREEK CAMPGROUND.

NIGHT THREE: GROUP CAMPSITE #4.

Set up camp. Campfire. INFORMAL dinner.

Ditto NIGHT ONE.

DAY FOUR, 1/24/19

Get up VERY EARLY for a “touristy” day. There are several short day hikes of up to 1.5 miles. Bring: day pack; lotsa water; lunch/snacks; hiking shoes; layered clothes.

Breakfast EARLY to get to ZABRISKIE POINT by sunrise. (We need several vehicles for day’s journey. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN DRIVE?)

The stops (we hike at each): https://www.hikespeak.com/ca-desert/death-valley/ & https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/check-out-devils-golf-course.htm

ZABRISKIE POINT @ 6:25 am.

DANTE’S VIEW.

GOLDEN CANYON.

ARTIST’S DRIVE to ARTIST’S PALETTE.

DEVIL’S GOLF COURSE.

BADWATER.

Return to FURNACE CREEK.

Campfire. INFORMAL dinner.

Ditto NIGHT ONE.

DAY FIVE, 1/25/19:

Awake. Leave campground by noon.

Be thankful you are able to live a full life.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND:

1) Participation in this trip AFFIRMS you have read, understood, and agreed to the liability statement in the ‘Pages’ section of Meetup’s Last-Minute Backpackers website (see: https://www.meetup.com/Last-Minute-Backpackers/about/).

2) A NON-REFUNDABLE $30 deposit is REQUIRED. Contact me (602 292-0753 or [email protected]) for payment.

3) Death Valley NP charges $30 for entry that I did not cover. Drivers: bring $30 for a 7-day pass or your access pass.

4) There are 3 nights’ camp spaces that I did not cover. We will divide the total amt due by the # of campers.

5) REMEMBER: Wet, cold, hantavirus, etc…

6) Bring sufficient food, supplies, warm clothing, sleeping gear.

Contact me soon!

Thanks much!

Details

Start:
February 21, 3:00 pm
End:
February 25, 11:59 am
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/Last-Minute-Backpackers/events/258102020/

Venue

Death Valley National Park
CA-190
DEATH VALLEY, CA 92328 us
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