2017 December Trip

Ideas & Logistics page for 2017 December vacation.

Links and Reference:

Light Pollution Map – Vegas region

Death Valley weather forecast

NPS – Death Valley maps

Death Valley Camping: [NPS] [JustAhead] [Recreation.Gov – Furnace Creek].  Reddit: Base out of Panamint Springs

JustAhead – Death Valley Trip Planner

Tons of info on hikes here: http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/_Hike_index.htm

 

Places suggested by online users:
Red Rock Canyon (Turtle Head Peak?), Valley of Fire, Mount Charleston, Mojave National Preserve (climb Kelso Dunes 1.5mi one way, rings hike at Hole in the Wall), Joshua Tree (Corn Springs campground with petroglyphs?), Mitchell Caverns at the Providence Mtns Rec Area has reopened

Death Valley suggestions:
Telescope Peak (weather permitting, otherwise Wildrose Peak), Darwin Falls and the 3rd class bit to the upper falls, Fall Canyon, Mosaic Canyon, Golden Canyon Trail/Manly Beacon/Red Cathedral, Gower Gulch Loop (4mi), Ubehebe Crater (3mi), Mesquite Dunes, Zabriskie Point (spectacular sunrises), and Dante’s View (spectacular sunsets). Driving over 190 all the way to Alabama Hills maybe fun.

Death Valley – My research: Dante’s Peak Trail (0.7mi roundtrip), Racetrack – is this do-able in rental vehicle?,

Joshua Tree suggestions:
49 Palms Oasis, Ryan Mountain, Split Rock to Eagle Cliff Mine, Barker Dam

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Itinerary

12/11
Work until 4pm.  Lyft from home, Shuttle to ORD.  AA1427: ORD 8:35pm -> LAS 10:38pm.  LAS Rental car TBD.  AirBnB in Henderson near airport.

12/12 through 12/16
Adventure time

12/17
Drop off rental at LAS.  AA1227: LAS 3:15pm -> ORD 8:52pm.  Shuttle to Kenosha, Lyft home.