Buckwheat Dunes, Death Valley
Categories: California, Desert, Hiking, Mojave, National Parks
You will find very little if any information online about Buckwheat Dunes. In fact it seems like today there is less now than there was 4 or 5 years ago. Obviously, the dunes are not visited often, compared to even Hidden Dunes, where I saw plenty of foot traffic, bike traffic and sadly, even illegal motorized traffic four or five miles from the nearest road. As such, this blog is more of a celebration of their beauty rather than a guide or trip report.
Why struggle to climb a mountain when you can struggle to climb a mountain buried in sand? Getting up the main peak may not be as high a climb as Hidden Dunes but it’s far more treacherous. The rocks on the main peak seem to be chemically corroded and wind eroded marble of some sort. It’s unstable and as sharp as glass. At one point climbing down from the main peak to traverse a broad dune to the next peak placed my hand on the edge of a ledge and stepped down. Just the pressure from leaning over cut my hand to the point of bleeding in several places. So if you do go, gloves are highly recommended.