I’m not going to give away many specifics about how to get up Salsberry Peak. There is some basic info in Zdon’s Desert Summits, but the fun of this one is finding the way on your own. After a cross-desert trek towards the base of the peak you’ll find many washes and ridges, but if you find the right one you’ll be treated to some awesome narrows, steep dry falls to scramble, and many signs of desert bighorn including bones, tracks, and bedding spots. The final ridge to the summit is really fun with lots of small obstacles, and the summit itself is big enough to fit a group of friends out on a day of desert peak bagging. Rather than ramble on about it, I’d rather just show. Here are pictures of one of my new favorite desert climbs (and even more here).

Our destination: the summit of that peak
Our destination: the summit of that peak
We're on the right track
We’re on the right track
Bighorn Skull
Bighorn Skull
Scrmabling up one of the trickier spots
Scrambling up one of the trickier spots
More bighorn bones
More bighorn bones
On the summit ridge
On the summit ridge
Final approach to the summit ridge
Final approach to the summit ridge
One of the summit ridge obstacles
One of the summit ridge obstacles
Incredible view from the summit of Salsberry Peak
Incredible view from the summit of Salsberry Peak

On our way out of the park on our last day in Death Valley we stopped by Sidewinder Canyon. This is a great canyon just south of Badwater. At first glance, it’s a relatively boring and steep open rocky wash-like canyon, but if you start to peek down the side slots you’ll find some really cool stuff. Some of the slots are so narrow and have such high walls that you need a headlamp to see. I highly recommend this less-visited hike along the main park road. Some pics here.

Sidewinder Canyon (Main)
Sidewinder Canyon (Main)

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