Overview: Near the south end of Death Valley's Last Chance Range, resides "Ubehebe Peak", the highest summit at 5678 feet towering over the west side of the Racetrack Playa.
This strenuous hike up an old miners trail, with some off trail cairn/cross-country route finding the last .75 mile distance to the peak with a 45% slope, offers spectacular views of the Racetrack Playa to the east and the deep basin Saline Valley to the west (half a mile lower than the Racetrack Playa) with sweeping views of distant mountain ranges north-south-east-west.
This day hike is truly a "must do" when visiting this area of Death Valley if you enjoy serious hiking, breathtaking views for pics, and desert peak-bagging! Little can prepare you for the views when you top the divide and first look down the other side at Saline Valley dwarfed by the two-mile high wall of the Inyo Mountains.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.