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Post by ETAV8R » Mon May 09, 2016 10:12 am

Great reports, pics, and vids. You are braver than me taking the rental 2wd out to all those places. Outside my comfort level. You mentioned that you felt the Hidden Dune summit was the toughest dune hike you've done. I didn't think it was that bad when I did it a couple years ago. Eureka seems harder to me but we took different routes.

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Post by wbdeford » Tue May 10, 2016 9:08 am

Thanks. I have found traction control makes a huge difference. Not as good as all wheel drive, but way better than regular 2wd.

Eureka Dunes are 680 feet tall, while the Hidden Dunes go up about 1300 vertical feet. (elev 3260 where you hit the base, and 4570 at the top)

I would agree that the toughest portion of the Eureka Dunes (about 200 vertical feet) was harder than the toughest portion of the Hidden Dunes.

I'm curious....what route did you take to the top of the Hidden Dunes?

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Post by ETAV8R » Tue May 10, 2016 10:31 am

For the most part I hiked straight in. When you come through what I'd call the narrows, the V portion of the hard rock hills which hide the dunes. In that area I stuck to the right, or northern part and then started ascending to the dune crest. It was amazing, not one footprint anywhere.

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Post by wbdeford » Tue May 10, 2016 11:30 am

ETAV8R wrote:For the most part I hiked straight in. When you come through what I'd call the narrows, the V portion of the hard rock hills which hide the dunes. In that area I stuck to the right, or northern part and then started ascending to the dune crest. It was amazing, not one footprint anywhere.
Same thing when I went....totally pristine!....when I told a worker at Furnace Creek about the flowers there she said "no one goes there".

Unless I am misunderstanding you, you HAVE to go back! The peak of the Hidden Dunes is about 1.7 miles south of where you enter the dunes from the Eureka Valley, so I am thinking you only got to see the lower dunes (which are great by themselves....but the views from the top are spectacular...White Mountain Peak was awesome)

View from the top of the Hidden Dunes

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 3eb549d652

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Post by MojaveGeek » Sat May 14, 2016 7:53 am

Wow, that's a stunning place!

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Post by wbdeford » Mon May 16, 2016 4:47 pm

MojaveGeek wrote:Wow, that's a stunning place!
That it is. Everyone who can make the drive and hike should take the time to do it.

On my way to the Ibex Dunes on April 19, I stopped at this little mining area east of the Ashford area. This is near where the road to Jubilee Pass closes.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 996011de54

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Post by wbdeford » Sat May 20, 2017 4:08 pm

MojaveGeek wrote:I like your new banner image on facebook!
Thanks! I'm always changing it up between three things family, DVNP/vicinity, and classic cars.

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