OverviewDeath Valley National Park. This is an easily approachable straight forward day hike that can be done in a few hours from an unpaved canyon road less than 2 miles from Hwy. 374, the road to Beatty Nevada. It has good views north as far as Wahguyhe Peak in the Grapevine Mountains, northeast to the Bullfrog Hills and the Bare Mountains in Nevada and south to Chloride Cliffs and the northern highpoints of the Funerals. The Dome is a class one hike of about 2 miles round trip and 1,300' gain.
From Furnace Creek: Go north 11 miles on Hwy. 190 to the Beatty Cutoff. Continue right on Beatty Cutoff another 11 miles to Hell's Gate at the junction with Hwy. 374. Go right on 374 3.5 miles to a dirt road going into the canyon on the right and follow the rest of the directions above.
When to Climb
You can also car camp outside the national park boundaries on the unpaved road to Chloride Cliffs. Go 4.5 miles from Daylight Pass towards Beatty on Hwy. 374 and turn right (south) at a dirt junction. Drive in as far as you like and find a pull-out off the road. 2 wheel drive is ok.