OverviewDeath Valley National Park. It looks like a nipple from the southern approach and makes for a fun day hike from Red Pass with good views except to the northeast where it is bested in height by a few boring desert rollers with even less significance. To the south are Corkscrew and Thimble Peak and the Panamint Range. There is a good view to the southwest down toward Titus Canyon. To the west are the Cottonwood Mountains and the Inyo Mountains beyond that. On the far west horizon looms the High Sierra. To the north are Mt. Palmer, Grapevine Peak and Wahguyhe Peak, the highest peaks in the Grapevine Mountains.
As a bonus you get to drive through the popular Titus Canyon narrows on the way out.
The Titus Canyon Road goes 12 miles west back into the Grapevine Mountains to Red Pass (5,250') where there is limited pullout parking space.
Scramble north (class 2-3) up to "Red Pass Peak" (5,800') which is directly above the pass. Continue north on the ridge that drops down. Go right around a small butte. Negotiate up through some interesting rock formations (class 2-3) and a steep slope to the barren walkup section leading to the Nipple. Retrace the route back. This is approximately 3 miles round trip with 2,000' gain.
The Titus Canyon Road is subject to closures due washouts etc.. Be sure to check Death Valley road conditions before the approach.
There is a 20 dollar per vehicle fee good for 7 days to enter Death Valley National Park based on the honor system.
The first 2 miles of the Titus Canyon Road are outside the Death Valley National Park boundary and the road is wide enough to pull over and car camp without facilities.