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"Phantom Peak"

"Phantom Peak"

"Phantom Peak"

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.47244°N / 116.77081°W

Object Title: "Phantom Peak"

County: Inyo

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 3600 ft / 1097 m


Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Jan 3, 2012 / May 7, 2014

Object ID: 769190

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Echo Canyon Road Death Valley
Echo Canyon Road with "Phantom Peak" right
Phantom Peak (unnamed on topo) is a rugged dark peak in the Funeral Mountains about 5 miles east of Furnace Creek. It caught my eye on my first trip to Death Valley. The arid mountains in this part of the Funerals (including Schwaub and Pyramid Peak) have obvious layers of sedimentary strata in colorful, dark coarse rock that feels almost like climbing on a coral reef!. I wore gloves for the climb that were pretty torn up afterwards.
This somewhat challenging class 2/3 scramble has outstanding views out over Death Valley and the Zabriski Point and Furnace Creek areas to the Panamint Range.
The peak is a day hike from the Echo Canyon Road with about 2.5 miles round trip and 2,000' gain.

Getting There

Panamint Range with Telescope Peak
Over Death Valley to the Panamint Range from Phantom Peak
From Furnace Creek take Hwy. 190 southeast 3 miles to the Echo Canyon Road (dirt) on the left before Zabriski Point. The topo map says 4WD but I had no problem with my high clearance 2WD van. Drive east up the wash 3.5 miles to the narrows where the canyon walls start and park. Beyond this I think it is definitely 4WD. Take the steep rugged southwest ridge of Phantom Peak which starts just to the north by the road approximately 1.2 miles to the summit.

Red Tape

Echo  Canyon Road
Start of Echo Canyon

The entrance fee for Death Valley National Park is 20$ per vehicle good for 7 days based on the honor system.
Bring some old gloves for this hike because the rock of this peak may tear up your hands!


Death Valley north from Phantom Peak
North from Phantom Peak
There is car camping on the Echo Canyon Road starting 2 miles in from Hwy. 190.
For camping info for Death Valley National Park click here.

Current weather and 5 day forecast

Phantom Peak southwest ridge
Southwest from Phantom Peak southeast ridge
For Death Valley current weather a 5 day forecast click here.


Phantom Peak from Furnace CreekEcho Canyon Road Death ValleyTourists approach Zabriski Point under swirling skiesEcho  Canyon RoadFrom Phantom Peak southwest RidgeDeath Valley north from Phantom PeakPanamint Range with Telescope Peak
Southwest from Phantom Peak lower slopeRugged Death Valley back countrySoutheast from Phantom PeakSouthwest from Phantom PeakLooking down on the Furnace Creek areaPhantom Peak southwest ridge