Ubehebe Country Loop Backpacking

Stovepipe Wells, California

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This is the quintessential desert hike. From the edge of the eerie Racetrack, you will ascend the dizzying heights of Ubehebe Peak, then drop into remote Saline Valley along a tilted ridge commanding breathtaking views, and finally return along a labyrinthine canyon blessed with a mile-long narrow corridor as straight as an arrow. Along the way, you will pass by several interesting historic mines and camps, including a locally famous lead mine and a forgotten copper property with striking blue ore. You will wiggle your way up tight narrows, cross fields of sparkling granitic boulders, marvel at 300-million-yearold fossils, scramble up dry falls, put your orienteering skills to the test across ankle-twisting fans, and play hide-and-seek with elusive mining trails that have not seen much traffic in over a century. Few places in the desert offer such a stunning diversity of landscapes and natural attractions in less than 25 miles.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

This is the quintessential desert hike. From the edge of the eerie Racetrack, you will ascend the dizzying heights of Ubehebe Peak, then drop into remote Saline Valley along a tilted ridge commanding breathtaking views, and finally return along a labyrinthine canyon blessed with a mile-long narrow corridor as straight as an arrow. Along the way, you will pass by several interesting historic mines and camps, including a locally famous lead mine and a forgotten copper property with striking blue ore. You will wiggle your way up tight narrows, cross fields of sparkling granitic boulders, marvel at 300-million-yearold fossils, scramble up dry falls, put your orienteering skills to the test across ankle-twisting fans, and play hide-and-seek with elusive mining trails that have not seen much traffic in over a century. Few places in the desert offer such a stunning diversity of landscapes and natural attractions in less than 25 miles.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Stovepipe Wells
Distance: 23
Elevation Gain: 4,900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 days
Season: Spring and fall
Local Contacts: Death Valley National Park
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Ubehebe Peak, West of Ubehebe Peak, and Teakettle Junction
Driving Directions: Directions to Ubehebe Country Loop (Backpacking)

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May 2018