Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!

Today's hike on a beautiful autumn day takes me to the Crystal Hills epsom salt mining area in the extreme southwest corner of Death Valley National Park. 11 hiking miles with about 1400 feet of elevation gain.