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Death Valley National Park, CA

Feb 1 - Feb 8, 2020 -- $1275 ★★

Death Valley National Park is a land of superlatives. Whether it's the highest recorded temperature (134°), the lowest elevation (Badwater - 282' below sea level) being the driest or the most beautiful (OK, that one is totally subjective), Death Valley delivers.

Our trip is base camping / day-hiking only. We will set up for the week at a group site in the centrally located Furnace Creek Campground. From there, we'll visit many of the park's featured areas, such as Badwater Basin, Desolation Canyon, Corkscrew Peak, Scotty's Castle, The Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater and Wildrose Peak that towers up 9000' over the desert below.

This is a great (and temperate) time of year to visit this amazing graben. (What the hell is a graben?) So why not sign up now?


Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the high 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 90 and as low as 30, with an occasional chance of rain but more likely Virga (where rain evaporates before hitting the ground). Here is the historical February weather. Be prepared with lots of sun protection and water containers that add up to 6 liters of capacity.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Danielle Piscatelli


$1275 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Las Vegas (LAS), personal equipment, restaurant meals eaten off the trail and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, round-trip ground transportation from Las Vegas to the National Park, 6 days of trail meals, National Park permits, insurance, campground fees and awesome guides.


Death Valley can be hot during the day. Plus the amount of elevation gained on some of the day-hikes can be quite substantial, so even with just a day pack the trip may be more strenuous than you'd think.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Fly into McCarran Airport Las Vegas (LAS). The best time to arrive is between around Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial amount on your flight by arriving at say, 11AM or 5PM, then do so.

Take the free airport shuttle to local hotel (TBD)

Equipment shakedown

"Before" measurements taken

Trail mix distribution

Go to REI Las Vegas, 710 S. Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145, (702) 951-4488, for last minute or forgotten equipment

Go out for group dinner (Dinner not included in trip cost)

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Early (6AM) wake-up

Second set of "before" measurements taken

All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage. Try to keep this to a small amount of stuff.

Free breakfast at Hotel

Car shuttle 3 hours to Death Valley

Drive to Furnace Creek Campground (most central campground with the most amenities)

Set up camp at Furnace Creek Campground, Group Site TBD

Day-Hike 1.0 round trip miles to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, elevation -282'

Day-Hike 2.0 round trip miles to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, elevation 140'

Day-Hike 1.0 round trip miles to Natural Bridge, elevation 834'

Camp at Furnace Creek Campground, Group Site TBD, elevation -196'

Miles today: 4.0. Total miles: 4.0

Possible bailout: Furnace Creek Campground

Monday, February 3, 2020

Day-Hike the 8.0 mile Golden Canyon / Gower Gulch / Badlands Loop, elevation 500'

Driving Tour through Artist's Palette Drive with a stop near the multi-colored palette

Driving Tour to the Devil's Golf Course

Camp at Furnace Creek Campground, Group Site TBD, elevation -196'

Miles today: 8.0. Total miles: 12.0

Possible bailout: Furnace Creek Campground

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Wake up 2 hours before dawn to get an early start. We need to be on the road by 7am at the latest. Prefer to arrive at dawn.

Dress warmly, expect the summit to be cold.

Drive to Charcoal Kilns, elevation 6800'

Day-Hike 8.4 miles round trip to Wildrose Peak, elevation 9064'

Camp at Furnace Creek Campground, Group Site TBD, elevation -196'

Miles today: 8.4. Total miles: 20.4

Possible bailout: Furnace Creek Campground

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Today is a site seeing day. While there will be some short walks, we plan to drive to the Race Track, Scotty's Castle and Crater.

Allow 2 hours, one-way travel time to the Racetrack

Drive about 50 miles to Scotty's Castle. Tour Scotty's Castle

Note: Scotty's Castle is scheduled to open in 2020, but no specific date has been set, so it's possible that it will still be closed when we're in the park.

Drive about 10 miles to Ubehebe Crater. Tour Ubehebe Crater as well as Little Hebe Crater

Drive about 30 miles on dirt roads to the Racetrack. Tour the Racetrack

Return to camp via Panamint Springs

Camp at Furnace Creek Campground, Group Site TBD, elevation -196'

Miles today: 0.0. Total miles: 20.4

Possible bailout: Furnace Creek Campground

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wake up 2.5 hours before dawn in anticipation of arriving at the trailhead at dawn.

Drive to Daylight Pass Rd., elevation 2500'

Day-Hike 8.0 round trip miles to Corkscrew Peak, the "most beloved peak in the park", elevation 5804'

Camp at Furnace Creek Campground, Group Site TBD, elevation -196'

Miles today: 8.0. Total miles: 28.4

Possible bailout: Furnace Creek Campground

Friday, February 7, 2020

Pack up camp

Day-Hike 3.6 round trip miles to Desolation Canyon, elevation 600'

Note: There will be a 6' & 8' climbs (and drops) on this route.

End of hiking

Miles today: 3.6. Total miles: 32.0

Shuttle 3 hours back to Las Vegas

Check into local hotel (TBD)

After measurements taken

Dinner and awards Ceremony. Dinner not included in trip cost.

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Free Hotel Breakfast

Take Free Airport Shuttle

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