Death Valley south from Daylight Peak
The Daylight Pass area is one of my favorite places in Death Valley
. It marks the dividing line between the Funeral Mountains to the south and the Grapevine Mountains to the north. There are several nice little desert peaks that are easily accessed from the pass and have outstanding views. "Daylight Peak", (unnamed on topo) in the Grapevines is the highest one next to the pass and the summit is less than a mile from the road. It can be done in a few hours and the views rival that of popular Corkscrew Peak
3.5 miles to the west. There is an extensive panorama that includes central Death Valley, the Panamint Range
, up and down the Funerals and the Grapevines with the Bullfrog Hills and the Bare Mountains to the east in Nevada.
Over Death Valley to the Panamint Range from near Daylight PassFrom Stovepipe Wells
: Go east on Hwy. 190, past the sand dunes 7.3 miles to the road going north to Scotty's Castle. Turn left and go a half mile to Hwy. 374, the road to Beatty Nevada. Turn right and drive northeast 12.5 miles to Daylight Pass (4,316') and park. The peak is right there to the west. Take the southeast ridge or east slope to the summit. The southeast ridge is a little longer but more interesting with better views along the way.
From Furnace Creek
: Go north on Hwy. 190 10.5 miles. Turn right on the Beatty Cutoff Road and go 9.5 miles to Hwy. 374. Go right 6 miles to Daylight Pass.
There is a 20 dollar entrance fee into Death Valley National Park good for 7 days. 80 dollars will get you an America the Beautiful Federal Lands and Recreations pass good for all National Parks for 1 year from the date of purchase.
East from Daylight Peak
For Death Valley National Park campgrounds click here
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 on the flat before it climbs to Chloride Cliff.
East from Daylight Peak, southeast ridge
This is the
book on hiking Desert Peaks