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!

With daytime highs in the low 80s, I wonder if a short but steep hike is a good idea, but it works out well. Roughly 6.5 miles round trip with 2200 feet of elevation gain to the peak at 8805 feet.