OverviewPanamint Range and lastly the Cottonwood Mountains (an extension of the Panamints to the northwest).
Wahguyhe Peak is the 2nd highest peak in the rugged Grapevine Mountains (Grapevine Peak, 8,738' the highest) in the area known as the Nevada Triangle that extends just across the border into Nevada and is included within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park.
This is one of those "out there" day hikes far into the wilds of the high desert terrain of the Great Basin. The approach is out of Death Valley and into Nevada.
The higher peaks and crest of the Grapevines are lofty enough to support pinyon junipers and limber pines. When I did the hike in '05 there was still plenty of snow on the forested north slope of Wahguyhe even in May due to the exceptional precipitation of the previous winter.
The views from the top are extensive and far reaching in all directions. In addition to most of Death Valley and it's ranges they include much of the southern High Sierra and White Mountain Peak as well as a swath of the Nevada Great Basin to the east.
Wahguyhe Peak is visible to the south. Walk a short distance up the road to the 6,800' contour and hike southwest up the main draw to the saddle below the northwest slope of the peak. Take the slope to the summit.
Be forewarned, this is a steep, monumental 1,000 talus/scree slog! It might be better to take the draw going southeast up to the northeast ridge from 6,400' contour on the road and follow the ridge to the summit.
Death Valley National Park
P.O. box 579 Death Valley Ca. 92328
or go to Death Valley National Park camping page.
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Further reading on hiking desert peaksDesert Summits by Andy Zdon is the book on hiking and climbing desert peaks in California and Southern Nevada.
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