Hells Gate to Death Valley Buttes

Stovepipe Wells, California

Hells Gate to Death Valley Buttes Professional Review and Guide

"This rewarding cross-country day hike, recommended for experienced hikers, leads to a panoramic vista point along the eastern edge of central Death Valley. Hikers with a desire to gain broad vistas of Death Valley must usually commit themselves to one or more strenuous days of trail-less desert walking to reach the distant peaks of the surrounding mountains. But the short scramble to Death Valley Buttes, three prominent hills at the foot of the Grapevine Mountains, should appeal to hikers without the time or energy required for more-demanding treks. For a modicum of effort, this short hike provides the feeling of accomplishment gained by forging your own route across a trail-less desert ridge, where the sweeping panoramas of central Death Valley and the tall mountains nearby are ample reward."

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Trail Information

Stovepipe Wells
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 to 2 hours
Best October through April
2,260 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,017 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Stovepipe Wells NE, Chloride City
Local Maps

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Jun 2018