One very quick hour later, we're standing on the peak, looking at the Sierras to the west and the Panamint Range
to the east, the cold wind whipping at us from every direction.
Stone arches at the pool's edge frame the sun setting behind the Panamint Range
to the west.
In a California Division of Mines report (McAllister, 1955), I came across a reference to wulfenite and cerussite at the Shirley Ann claim, a small oxidized lead-copper deposit near the north end of the Panamint Range
, just west of Death Valley National Monument.
, rising dark and dreamlike on the horizon.
All of this at a time when local Panamint Shoshone Indians still moved to their mountain hunting villages in the Panamint Range
during summer, and many locals still lived in makeshift quarters.
From the top of 11,049-foot Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range
, the floor of Death Valley spreads out almost 2 miles below.
With a little patience, though, during the late fall, winter, and especially spring, spectacular wildflowers may grace the alluvial fans and desert slopes along the Amargosa and Panamint ranges
. Snow lines ridges from 9,000 to 11,000 feet directly above a place called Badwater, which lies 282 feet below sea level.