Last spring, I visited the middle of Death Valley National Park, so on this trip I focused on the east side, from the Owlshead Mountains in the south to Ubuhebe Crater in the north.
Not many people go hiking in the Owlshead Mountains. A 4WD road allows people to drive into the area, but there are no trails. If you’re looking for solitude during the busy season in a national park, you can find it here.
Golden Canyon is one of those places that is along the main road and is, consequently, easy to visit – or skip if it doesn’t look interesting. I didn’t know it when I went there, but I now consider Golden Canyon to be a “must visit” place in Death Valley. Your first clue will be the overflowing parking lot. Your next clue will come when you set foot into the canyon. After that, it is one amazing scene after another. It blew me away like no other place I have visited. Ooops! So did a place in Zion National Park. In both cases, you could be dropped in at any random location, look in any direction, and see something that was worthy of pictures. If we still used film today, this would be the place where you would run out of it.
Death Valley has many different places, e.g. The Racetrack (where the rocks somes move long horizontal distance), sand dunes, Badwater Basin, different kinds of mountains and even a volcanic crater. This is definitely not an ordinary place.
Death Valley Wash
Death Valley is the largest national park in the lower 48, but it has few hiking trails. So I followed a portion of Death Valley Wash as if it were a trail.
I’ve been to the popular portion of Badwater Basin before. So this time I went to a different area.
Indian Pass Area
I set out with the goal of hiking to Indian Pass and returning. But since this is a route and not a trail, I was left at the mercy of some sketchy directions and never got to the pass. But I certainly enjoyed the visit to the area.