Sun, Apr 11, 2021
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I was camped in the Piute Mountains of the Southern Sierra along Forest Road 29S03. It was an obscure out-of-the-way location, very quiet under the forest canopy, roughly between the first two peaks I planned to visit today. The bulk of the day was a 9.5mi out and back hike along the PCT to visit the last two summits. Afterwards, I drove to Death Valley where I was to meet Tom Becht in the evening.
I spent the next five hours driving back out of the range along Jawbone Canyon Rd (endless dirt road miles, it seems) to SR14, then onto Ridgecrest for supplies and dinner, then to Death Valley. It was a warm afternoon in the lower elevations, reaching 91F as I drive through Panamint Valley. I met Tom at the junction of paved Emigrant Canyon Rd and the rough, dirt/rock/sand Lucky Wash Rd. We drove the latter (described in the DPS guide for Tucki Mtn as Route "B") in our jeeps for the last hour, enjoying the drive in the late afternoon. It was 70F outside when we reached our campsite at the end of the road at 5,400ft. We had a happy hour and dinner with the setting sun, eventually driven into our respective vehicles by tiny biting flies that we had never experienced in Death Valley before. They mostly had seemed to flit about our face in an annoying fashion, but they must have been biting because they would begin itching before I had gone to sleep that night...
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