2 DEATH VALLEY RANGES GUIDE NO. 2.12
GRAPEVINE PEAK 8738 FEET CLASS 1
MILEAGE: 308 miles of paved road, 21 miles of good dirt, 1 mile of high-clearance 4WD road.
DRIVE: From Beatty, NV. drive N on State Highway 95 about 13.7 miles to a good dirt road heading W (this
road
is 0.6 miles N of highway milepost 71). Turn left (W) here and drive about 75 yards to a barbed wire
fence and gate. Pass through the gate and drive 6.5 miles to a fork. Taking the left fork, continue 0.5 miles to
a cattle guard. Continue 3.7 miles to a N-S crossroad. At the crossroad continue straight (W) for 1.6 miles to
a fork. Bear right here and drive 4.9 miles to where the road drops into a wash. Continue up the wash 3.8
miles to where the road becomes rough and requires a high clearance 4WD vehicle. 2WD's can find suitable
parking in the last mile of this stretch. 4WD's can continue another 0.8 miles on a very bad road to the saddle
at 7520 feet elevation.
CLIMB: From the saddle at 7520 feet elevation head N for about 0.25 miles, following a faint trail at times
along
the
ridge. The route will then start bearing WNW along the ridge line; follow it for just over a mile
across flat areas and saddles as it dips and rises on its way toward an obvious saddle 0.7 miles E of the peak.
From the saddle climb easy slopes westward to the summit, passing through a forest of pine en route.
ROUND TRIP STATS/2WD: 2500 feet elevation gain, 6 miles, 4-5 hours
ROUND TRIP STATS/4WD: 1600 feet elevation gain, 4 miles, 3 hours
SIDELINES
1. This peak is located within the boundary of Death Valley National Park.
2. The nearby town of Beatty, Nevada offers full services (gas, food, lodging) for the traveller. The town was
born in 1904 during the fabulous Rhyo
lite gold rush, being named after its long time resident "Old Man" Jim
Beatty, a local rancher. The town site was important as a freight center during this period, with 3 railroads
serving it by 1907.
3. Wahguyhe Peak, the prominent mountain located about 3 miles ESE of Grapevine Peak can be climbed
from
the 2WD parking spot by
hiking S up the canyon to a saddle W of the peak at 7600 feet elevation. From
there turn left (E) and head up loose, sandy slopes to the sharp summit. Wahguyhe is thought to be a Southern
Paiute word meaning "summit".
4. Primitive camping can be found along the road to the trailhead at various pullouts. There is no water
or other facilities.
Revised 11/6/17