Hungry Bill’s Ranch/Johnson Canyon

Death Valley, California

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This out-and-back hike follows a scenic stream up a canyon to the historic ruins of Hungry Bill’s 1870s ranch deep in the Panamint Mountains. The original Hungry Bill’s Ranch in upper Johnson Canyon was first developed in the 1870s by Swiss farmers who sought to grow fruits and vegetables to sell to the residents of Panamint City, over rugged Panamint Pass in Surprise Canyon. The mining camp had its brief heyday from 1874 to 1877. By the time the Swiss farmers were ready to sell their produce, bust had followed boom and the market had vanished! Later the ranch was occupied for many years by a Shoshone Indian named Hungry Bill, whose huge appetite matched his great girth.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

This out-and-back hike follows a scenic stream up a canyon to the historic ruins of Hungry Bill’s 1870s ranch deep in the Panamint Mountains. The original Hungry Bill’s Ranch in upper Johnson Canyon was first developed in the 1870s by Swiss farmers who sought to grow fruits and vegetables to sell to the residents of Panamint City, over rugged Panamint Pass in Surprise Canyon.

The mining camp had its brief heyday from 1874 to 1877. By the time the Swiss farmers were ready to sell their produce, bust had followed boom and the market had vanished! Later the ranch was occupied for many years by a Shoshone Indian named Hungry
Bill, whose huge appetite matched his great girth.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Best season: October through May
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Panamint-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Hungry Bill’s Ranch/Johnson Canyon

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