Manly Beacon Climber's Log

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distressbark - Mar 18, 2017 5:46 pm Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2017

Exposed butt sliding  Sucess!

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.


hightinerary - Mar 19, 2017 5:42 pm

Manly Descent

Just to clarify - so you were sliding with an exposed butt?


colinr - Dec 1, 2016 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2016

Finally  Sucess!

Finally went up this after eyeing it on several hikes near it, by it, and around it. Glad I did it! Fun!


EastKing - Oct 30, 2015 12:20 pm Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012

Knife Edge Dried Mud  Sucess!

This was incredible!!


dpsiebert - Nov 26, 2013 1:23 pm Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2013

Raining  Sucess!

Pretty slippery and muddy. Short and fun.

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Mar 28, 2013 10:01 pm Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2013

Second Time, With Evan  Sucess!

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.


ManyGlacierMountaineer - Feb 24, 2013 10:32 pm

Manly Beacon  Sucess!

2010 - solo

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Mar 22, 2012 10:37 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2012

Exposure is Intense  Sucess!

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.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Feb 22, 2012 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2012

Summit Sunset!  Sucess!

Climbed up the north little scramble


gimpilator - Jan 22, 2012 8:25 pm Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012

The Best  Sucess!

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.


Kristin5berry - Jan 18, 2012 8:20 pm Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012

Great time  Sucess!


Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Dec 19, 2011 4:49 pm Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2011

Unique!  Sucess!

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.


gimpilator - Dec 12, 2011 1:59 pm Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2011

A Wicked Little Peak  Sucess!

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!


xpda - Aug 13, 2011 10:15 pm

A Required Visit at Death Valley  Sucess!

Climbed several times over the years.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jan 30, 2011 3:42 pm Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2008

Third time  Sucess!

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.

Matt Horbal

Matt Horbal - Dec 13, 2009 3:29 am Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2009

From Zabriske via established social trail  Sucess!



Kadee - Nov 10, 2008 3:57 pm Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2008

Sunset on the Summit  Sucess!

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.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 27, 2005 8:15 pm

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

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.


blmcclain - Mar 24, 2004 3:44 am

Route 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!

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