Radika and I went to Strawberry Point in February 2015 just after I finished a big medical school exam. We were very fortunate not to get rained on, and in fact we had excellent weather – clear skies, no wind, and starry nights.
We started from Third Beach Trailhead off of La Push Road and hiked for 4.8 miles (map). There were a few moderately difficult sections where we had to scramble up steep slopes, but there are ropes. My advice would be to bring a set of gloves for these roped sections.
Over spring break, my wife and I made the drive down to Death Valley. This is one of my parents’ favorite places to visit and I’ve repeatedly heard that we must check it out. Glad we did! We stayed four days and some of the highlights are posted below.
Golden Canyon Trail
This trail is a quick drive south of Furnace Creek and an excellent place to watch the sunset. We had the ridge completely to ourselves.
20 Mule Team Canyon
Just on the other side of the Amargosa Range from the Golden Canyon Trail. It’s a short one-way drive and there are trails that go up the ridges.
We were en route to Greenwater Valley and stopped off here for the great view of the basin.
The road into Greenwater Valley isn’t too shabby and was an easy drive in the Subaru Forrester. We went back into Gold Valley and hiked through the Willow Springs gorge.
Devil’s Golf Course
Natural Bridge Trail
Queen of Sheba Lead Mine
The road up to this mine is pretty slow, but a nice view in the end.
Instead of hiking in from Badwater road, we took the West Side road and hiked into the basin from Tule Spring. There wasn’t a single person in sight.