Grapevine Peak, Nye County, Nevada

In Death Valley National Park

Elevation = 8743 ft. (2665 meters)

Highpoint of the Grapevine Mountains

Grapevine Peak, shown in the center of this photo looking west, is a major summit in far northeastern Death Valley National Park. With a prominence of 4558 feet it dominates the Grapevine Mountains which run along the Nevada border and extend into California. This photo is after a spring snowstorm on April 25, 2014.
The summit is at the top of this final slope. This view is looking west from point 018 on the topo map.
The hiking route is shown here on this topo with a UTM grid using NAD27. We camped at the last good place below the saddle marked "Camp". This is about 20.9 miles west from highway 95. A high clearance two-wheel drive vehicle can reach this point but beyond this is a short, steep and rough section. Most of the final part is not too bad and a truck or SUV in low range should make it OK. There is room for a couple vehicles to park at the saddle which is exposed and could be quite windy.

Driving Directions: From Beatty drove north on 95 for 11.8 miles and turn left on a dirt road with a gate. This is 0.6 miles north of milepost 71. Reset your odometer here after passing through the gate.

0.0 at gate close to highway 95
6.5 miles, stay left at a fork
7.0 miles, cattle guard and Death Valley Park sign
12.3 miles, go right at a fork
17.2 miles, the road drops into a wash
20.9 miles, pullout for camping on the right, 4WD shortly after this point
22.0 miles, saddle and end of road. The summit is visible from here on a bearing of 297 deg.

Hiking Directions: From the camp area walk up the road to the saddle at 7500 feet. From here head north along the ridge. You will find some use trails along here and will have to work around some rocks. At point 013 you want to turn west descending to a minor saddle. From there stay along the ridge which has three more dips before the final slopes are reached. The route is 4.8 miles round-trip from the saddle. The total gain counting the dips is about 1700 feet. If you hiked from the camp area this adds 800 feet of gain and about 2 more miles. The hike took 1/2 hour from the camp to the saddle and another 2 1/2 hours to the summit. The return takes about 2 hours to the saddle. 4/14 RLC GPX file with the above points shown on the topo map.

This is reference mark #1. The primary benchmark is a steel pin near the cairn and register box. The summit was first surveyed in 1895.

Datasheet: GS0784

A view looking southwest at Grapevine from seldom climbed peak 8572. On the left is Mount Palmer with Telescope Peak in the background. Photo taken March 20, 2017.