Perry, Mount

elevation: 1,742 m.
height gain: 900 m. (includes height loss)
area: Death Valley,California,USA
map USGS 1:24,000 Dantes View, CA 36116B6 & Ryan, CA 36116C6

Ref: Hiking Guy

badwater basin

Badwater Basin, 86 meters below sea level, as seen from Dante's View.
Hike: RT 4.5; 2 up. Returning from our side trip to Las Vegas, we planned to stay in Furnace Creek before slowly making our way out of Death Valley. We drove to Dante's View, a popular destination by itself; the fabulous viewpoint climbs to 1,699 meters above Badwater Basin. An interesting fact about Dante's View is that it is the location in the original Star Wars movie where Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi overlook the fictional desert town of Mos Eisley. On clear days, you can simultaneously see Mount Whitney and Badwater Basin, the highest and lowest points in the contiguous USA. There is more to this place than meets the eye! After finding a parking spot, we left the crowd behind and headed towards Dante's Ridge Trail. The treeless ridgeline grands unimpeded views in all directions. We were fortunate to see water in Badwater Basin; it is typically dry. On August 20th, hurricane Hilary made landfall in the region; a weather station recorded 56 millimeters of rain, breaking Death Valley’s previous single-day rainfall record. Across the basin towers Telescope Peak, likely the most coveted summit in the area. Mount Perry should also be on a hiker's bucket list; it offers great enjoyment from start to end. The well-trodden trail meanders over numerous knolls; however, their minor height gain is ideal for running. The 15-kilometer round trip requires moderate effort; I highly recommend this objective.

telescope peak

Across the basin to the west is Telescope Peak, 3,368 meters.

view north

Looking north, the valley leads to Stovepipe Wells.

southern view

Southern view.

dantes ridge trail

Dante's Ridge Trail is well defined.

starting the hike

Starting our fast hike under blue sky.

undulating ridge

The long undulating ridge to Mount Perry.

another dip

Another dip precedes the summit block.

ascent to summit ridge

Ascending to the summit ridge.

summit ridge

The summit ridge.

rockier terrain

The terrain is rockier.

getting closer

Getting closer.

mountain cactus

Echinocactus polycephalus grows in the most extreme arid environments.

summit stay

At the summit with the ridge we travelled, the trail begins at the high point on the left.

telescope peak

Telescope Peak is the highest point of the Panamint Range.

pyramid peak

The former mining community of Ryan with Pyramid Peak in the background.

grapevine mountains

Beyond the desert floor, north of us, are the Grapevine Mountains.

mount charleston

Mount Charleston to the east, near Las Vegas.

sunset on perry

Looking back at Mount Perry as the sun sets.
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