Ubehebe Country Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide
"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."