Coffin Peak – Death Valley National Park

  This is a Rumored Hike. Wayfinding may be required or the route or features may not exist. Travel at your own risk and always obey signs and local regulations.
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Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Beginning of the Coffin Peak Route, Death Valley National Park, California
Beginning of the Coffin Peak Route, Death Valley National Park, California
Turn up the Coffin Peak Route, Death Valley National Park, California
Turn up the Coffin Peak Route, Death Valley National Park, California
Coffin Peak in the distance, Death Valley National Park, California
Coffin Peak in the distance, Death Valley National Park, California
Trail along the Coffin Peak Ridgeline, Death Valley National Park, California
Trail along the Coffin Peak Ridgeline, Death Valley National Park, California
Trail along the Coffin Peak Ridgeline, Death Valley National Park, California
Trail along the Coffin Peak Ridgeline, Death Valley National Park, California
Rock formation above Coffin Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California
Rock formation above Coffin Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California
Mount Perry and the Funeral Mountains from Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Mount Perry and the Funeral Mountains from Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Greenwater Valley from Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Greenwater Valley from Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Hiking down Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Hiking down Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Wildflowers on Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Wildflowers on Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
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Location map for hikes in Death Valley National Park, California, including Dantes View, Greenwater Valley Road, etc.
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Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Beginning of the Coffin Peak Route, Death Valley National Park, California
Turning up the Coffin Peak Route, Death Valley National Park, California
Coffin Peak in the distance, Death Valley National Park, California
Trail along the Coffin Peak Ridgeline, Death Valley National Park, California
Trail along the Coffin Peak Ridgeline, Death Valley National Park, California
Rock formation above Coffin Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California
Mount Perry and the Funeral Mountains from Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Greenwater Valley from Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Hiking down Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
Wildflowers on Coffin Peak, Death Valley National Park, California
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Take a short but trailless hike to a mountain peak with fantastic views of the Black, Greenwater, Panamin, and Funeral Mountains.

Total Distance: 2.5 miles out & backElevation Gain: 919ft. (5,117ft. to 5,507ft.)
Difficulty: Moderate0-5 Mile Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous
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Pets: NoHorses: Yes
Best Seasons: October-MaySpecial Permits: None
Water Availability: NoneOvernight Options: None
Trailhead Amenities: RestroomsCrowd Factor: Solitude
Trailhead Access: 0.7
Uses: Day hiker icon Horses Permitted Icon No Dogs IconTrail Surface: Dirt Trail Surface Icon Gravel Trail Surface Icon Scramble Class 2 Icon Off Trail Surface Icon
Features: Views Trail Feature Icon Colorful Rocks Trail Feature IconHazards: No Water Icon Vague Trail Hazard Icon Scramble Class 2 Icon Off Trail Surface Icon Hot Day Icon Thunderstorms Hazard Icon Cliff Edge Hazard Icon

Mile-by-Mile: Coffin Peak Route

0.0 Unmarked Trailhead (5,178ft.). Park in the trailer parking lot near the restrooms below Dantes View. Begin at the wilderness sign; turn left immediately to start trekking east via the wash until the wash takes a sharp right turn to the south after about a quarter mile. From here, turn left to begin climbing up to the ridgeline by continuing in an easterly direction. You may find a vague trail or a few cairns. Continue as the ridgeline twists and turns, occasionally skirting or walking over small peaks. As the route reaches the final ridgeline that travels east to Coffin Peak, a defined trail appears. Follow this route. (36.217759°, -116.722197°)

1.25 Coffin Peak (5,506ft.). Enjoy views in all directions, including to the Panamint Mountains (west), down toward Badwater Flats (also west), down Coffin Canyon and into the Black Mountains (south), east into Greenwater Valley, north into the Funeral Mountains, and to nearby peaks and valleys. Mt. Perry is also visible as a colorful peak to the northwest. (36.214368°, -116.705727°)

History & More

As you walk along the ridgeline, enjoy views to Dantes View Peak and Perry Peak, Badwater Basin, the Panamint Mountains, Pyramid Peak and other summits of the Funeral Mountains, Charleston Peak far to the east in Nevada, and many summits in the Black Mountains and Greenwater Range.

I don’t know how Coffin Peak received its name, but chances are that explorers or settlers thought the ridgeline looked like a coffin. Funerals were common in those days, in part because mourning services were community events. So everyone knew what a coffin looked like. Besides, who wouldn’t want to have a Coffin Peak in the Black Mountains of Death Valley overlooking the Funeral Mountains?

Coffin Peak is relatively unvisited. By following the ridgeline, you can expect nothing worse than Class 2 scrambling, though other faces of the peak are a bit more “fun.” One part of the trek is over some sketchy scree, so use caution.

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Driving Directions

Take CA-190 east of Furnace Creek. The turn onto Dantes View Road is 18.1 miles west of Death Valley Junction (0.4 miles west of the fee kiosk) and 10.7 miles east of the Badwater Road Junction. Drive 12.6 miles up the Dantes View Road to the Trailer Parking/restroom on the left (south) side of the road. Park here.

Special Permits & RegulationsFees
Remember to take food & water!
Leave No Trace Principles are enforced
Drones and model aircrafts are prohibited
Camping is permitted only in designated sites or in areas open to dispersed backcountry camping
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7 Day Pass: $30/private vehicle. $25/motorcycle. $15/individual (bicycle or on foot).
12 Month Pass: $55/Death Valley Annual Pass (valid at Death Valley National Park). $80/America the Beautiful Annual Pass (valid at all national park and federal fee areas). $20/Annual Senior Pass (62 years or older US citizens; valid at all national park and federal fee areas). Free/4th Grade Pass (Valid Sept. 1-August 31 of the child’s 4th Grade school year). Free/Military Pass (valid for all active military personel and their dependents with a CAC Card or DD Form 1173).
Lifetime Pass: $80/Lifetime Senior Pass (62 years or older US citizens; valid at all national park and federal fee areas). Free/Access Pass (available to all US citizens with perminent disabilities). Free/Access for Veterans and Gold Star Families Pass (valid for all military and veterans with a CAC card, Veteran HJealth Identification Card, Veteran ID Card, or veteran’s designation on state-issued drivers license or identification card.)