My son and I did the east butte last spring, came back today for the main summit. Very satisfying ridge walk/scramble, with some great geologic details on the way!
Been on my tick list for years, finally decided to head up there, leaving home at around 4am and starting the hike just after sunrise. Splendid views! Fun hiking! Hit up Harmony Borax Works and Zabriskie Point on the way back.
Arrived in Death Valley from Vegas a bit later than I'd hoped for... Original intent was to hike Corkscrew but waning daylight led me to settle on Death Valley Buttes. I was not disappointed. Fun, easy route with expansive views the whole way! On the return, I descended north from the saddle and spent time exploring the eastern reaches of the buttes, encountering several bats as the sun set.
Just the eastern butte at sunset - spectacular view!
The hike wasn't actually all that bad. The only thing is that if the grade is steep and the ground is unstable you end up sliding quite a bit.
Did Bat the previous day and wanted to shorten our Sunday drive back to the Bay Area, so we decided to snag something as a warm-down on our way through/out of the park on Saturday. DVB hit the mark perfectly. An easy and unassuming hike with a tiny bit of scrambly bits at the end. Fun!
PS if I ever write a desert peak bagging book I'm calling it "Scrambly Bits and Slippery Shit" and putting a pic of this peak on the cover.
2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa
Decided while at work last night to climb the Buttes before my shift today. Headed up with Eli this morning, and we both really enjoyed the Class 3 scrambling near the end. It gave this little hike a bigger feel! Well, off to work!
What a pleasant surprise. See the caution about parking in comments on standard route.
Followed the ridge all the way.
During a break in the rain
After Corkscrew, I had a couple more hours to spare, so I could not resist hitting DV Buttes.
The USGS benchmark is busted out, and only some broken cement remains. Bummer.
jogged up to see the sunrise.
Cool down after Corkscrew
Climbed both buttes in the morning. It was a fun ridge traverse with great views. A few days later we met two artists who had painted the buttes as we were climbing them.
A great little ridge hike.
Scrambled up the east face of the East Butte (2720+) only to be chased from the summit by hoardes of flying red ants who seemed to be living only at the apex of the peak. A fun scramble - great Death Valley views.
Short, but fun. With Corkscrew earlier in the day. Trip Report
I'd already done a hike in a nearby canyon this day, so I only got to the summit of the eastern butte due to fading light (a little too exposed to do "Red Top" alone in the dark). Nice views--it's Death Valley!