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distressbarkExposed butt sliding  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2017


Hiked up from Golden Canyon TH. Had no difficulty locating the correct route. I found the descent to be rather challenging; the terrain is quite hard-packed and there is severe exposure and not much room for error on both sides of the ridge. I scooted down the steepest parts on my butt with the aid of a trekking pole.

That all being said, wow! I continued on to the Zabriskie Point TH and up Red Cathedral before looping back down on the Gower Gulch Trail. I managed to avoid most of the crowds and spent a lot of the day hiking by myself in relative solitude, which was a treat in this busy area.
Posted Mar 18, 2017 5:46 pm

hightineraryManly Descent


Just to clarify - so you were sliding with an exposed butt?
Posted Mar 19, 2017 5:42 pm

colinrFinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2016


Finally went up this after eyeing it on several hikes near it, by it, and around it. Glad I did it! Fun!
Posted Dec 1, 2016 4:51 pm

EastKingKnife Edge Dried Mud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012


This was incredible!!
Posted Oct 30, 2015 12:20 pm

dpsiebertRaining  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2013


Pretty slippery and muddy. Short and fun.
Posted Nov 26, 2013 1:23 pm

Stu BrandelSecond Time, With Evan  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2013

Stu Brandel

Did this one again because my son saw the photos from my first time and insisted on going up himself. From Golden Canyon this time.
Posted Mar 28, 2013 10:01 pm

ManyGlacierMountaineerManly Beacon  Sucess!


2010 - solo
Posted Feb 24, 2013 10:32 pm

Stu BrandelExposure is Intense  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2012

Stu Brandel

Exposure of the route is intense, as is exposure to sun. Carry more water than you know you will need. We didn't and paid on the climb back to Zabriske Point.
Posted Mar 22, 2012 10:37 pm

Matt LemkeSummit Sunset!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2012

Matt Lemke

Climbed up the north ridge...fun little scramble
Posted Feb 22, 2012 3:59 pm

gimpilatorThe Best  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012


This is the most bad-ass little peak. After one month I just had to come back.

I made a 3rd ascent with Heather, January 3, 2015.
Posted Jan 22, 2012 8:25 pm

Kristin5berryGreat time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012


Posted Jan 18, 2012 8:20 pm

Josh LewisUnique!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2011

Josh Lewis

This was certainly a surprise from any other kind of mountaineering I have ever done. I give the standard route 5 stars just because of how interesting the terrain was. I would recommend this place to a friend.
Posted Dec 19, 2011 4:49 pm

gimpilatorA Wicked Little Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2011


Golden Canyon is definitely one of the neatest places on earth and Manly Beacon is an awe-inspiring sight. This is the only peak I have climbed that has a negative starting elevation. The day after climbing Mount Whitney we came to Golden Canyon with only an hour left of daylight. Josh Lewis and I ran up and down a number of narrow ridges in a geological maze until we found the right way to access the beacon. Talk about knife-edge dirt! We barely made it out before dark. Very exciting terrain!

Posted Dec 12, 2011 1:59 pm

xpdaA Required Visit at Death Valley  Sucess!


Climbed several times over the years.
Posted Aug 13, 2011 10:15 pm

Bob SihlerThird time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2008

Bob Sihler

It had been eleven years and was nigh time for another visit to this neat little summit. Just as much fun as before, and a good place to reminisce since this was my first summit in the West. I hope to go up with my son in April 2011.
Posted Jan 30, 2011 3:42 pm

Matt HorbalFrom Zabriske via established social trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2009

Matt Horbal

Posted Dec 13, 2009 3:29 am

KadeeSunset on the Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2008


My first visit to Death Valley and my first peak in the area. I watched the sunset from the summit. I did Pyramid Peak and Eagle Mountain the following days.
Posted Nov 10, 2008 3:57 pm

Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: from Zabriskie Point, from Golden Canyon Date Climbed: April 2, 1996 and March 23, 1997  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

My brother Chris and I hiked up here twice; it was my introduction to the Great Golden West. Easy hike, a little steep and loose near the summit, but the most memorable part (both times) was being dive-bombed by birds that must have been nesting up there.

Posted Sep 27, 2005 8:15 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Southern-most ridge Date Climbed: Dec. 27th, 2003  Sucess!


Ascended the Beacon with hyperboliticians after following Gower Gulch up to Zabriskie Point. The purchase was quite loose as the soil condition is quite powdery. The views of the Badlands, the Red Cathedral, and Death Valley below were spectacular. The variation in colors is remarkable!
Posted Mar 24, 2004 3:44 am

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