Death Valley Books

Death Valley Road Trip, Camping Death Valley National Park, Mojave Desert California

Death Valley Books

Dante’s View, DVNP

Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert. It is one of the hottest places on Earth.

The Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. It is located 85 miles east-southeast of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505 feet.

Lying mostly in Inyo County, California, near the border of California and Nevada, in the Great Basin, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Death Valley constitutes much of Death Valley National Park and is the principal feature of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve. It runs from north to south between the Amargosa Range on the east and the Panamint Range on the west; the Grapevine Mountains and the Owlshead Mountains form its northern and southern boundaries, respectively. It has an area of about 3,000 sq miles.

The highest point in Death Valley National Park is Telescope Peak, in the Panamint Range, which has an elevation of 11,043 feet.

Death Valley has a subtropical, hot desert climate, with long, extremely hot summers; short, mild winters; and little rainfall.

The valley is extremely dry, because it lies in the rain shadow of four major mountain ranges (including the Sierra Nevada and Panamint Range). Moisture moving inland from the Pacific Ocean must pass eastward over the mountains to reach Death Valley; as air masses are forced upward by each range, they cool and moisture condenses, to fall as rain or snow on the western slopes. When the air masses reach Death Valley, most of the moisture has already been lost and there is little left to fall as precipitation.

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

see also

Death Valley Topo Map
Benchmark California Atlas
Inyo National Forest Map
Inyo Forest Topo Atlas
Jawbone Canyon Map

Amargosa Opera House @ Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Books

John Muir Wilderness Maps

JMT: John Muir Trail Map

High Sierra Trail

hikerThe John Muir Trail is a long-distance hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

USDA makes paper maps for John Muir Wilderness w/ Kings Canyon, and Tom Harrison offers the waterproof John Muir Map Pack. National Geographic also makes a topo map for the John Muir Trail.

John Muir Wilderness

Onion Valley Campground

Ansel Adams Wilderness

driftwood

John Muir Maps USDA
John Muir Wilderness with Sequoia Kings Canyon Wilderness

johnmuirmap

U.S. Forest Service – NFS. Old school maps – two large paper sheets. Available at Inyo National Forest Ranger Stations or the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitors Center on US Highway 395.

Eastern Sierra Mountains
Highest Sierra Peaks

Perfect for a day hike reference or extended backpacking adventures. Map Scale = 1″ to mile; Printed on paper w/ large storage envelope. Limited availability.

gilbertlake

Gilbert Lake, above Onion Valley, Eastern Sierra Independence, CA

fish

driftwood

John Muir Wilderness Map Set
Tom Harrison Maps

John Muir Trail Maps by Tom Harrison, High Sierra Backpacking Maps, Highcountry Trail Map. Eastern Sierra Mountains inside Inyo National Forest

Mount Whitney, Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes – Eastern California.

John Muir Wilderness Map Set of 13 individual maps. Durable, waterproof plastic map; Smaller maps, not folded. Map Scale: 63K; ISBN# 9781877689345

download digital versions of this map – avenza maps
John Muir Trail Topo Map Set

or the most popular individual maps :
John Muir Trail Map #4
John Muir Trail Map #5
John Muir Trail Map #6
John Muir Trail Map #7
John Muir Trail Map #8
John Muir Trail Map #9
John Muir Trail Map #10
John Muir Trail Map #11
John Muir Trail Map #15

Heart Lake

horseback

National Geographic makes a decent John Muir Trail Map too!

nearby towns:


lilpothole

Little Pot Hole Lake, Kearsarge Pass Hike