Hungry Bill’s Ranch/Johnson Canyon

Death Valley, California 92328

Hungry Bill’s Ranch/Johnson Canyon

Hungry Bill’s Ranch/Johnson Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Hungry Bill’s Ranch/Johnson Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is an out-and-back hike up to a scenic stream canyon to the historic ruins of an 1870s ranch deep in the Panamint Mountains. Wilson Spring is a lush and lovely spot with water pouring from a pipe, huge willow and cottonwood trees, and an informal campsite —a true desert oasis."

Hungry Bill’s Ranch/Johnson Canyon Reviews

3
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
icon1 Total
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
12/30/2010
We got a little bit of a late start to make the trip up to Hungry Bill's. The road up this canyon had not been graded in a long time, and was pretty rough going. When our SUV started dragging bottom more often than not we decided to hike the rest of the way in. Its a pretty canyon with a lot to see. It got dark early being December and we had to give up as we did not have camping gear along. Suggest a Jeep or other high clearance vehicle to get to the end of the road and the trailhead.
0
Comments

Hungry Bill’s Ranch/Johnson Canyon Photos

Trail Information

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