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This route leads to the abandoned site of Hungry Bill's ranch, where there are ruins and an old orchard. It is also possible to continue through Johnsons Canyon to the top of Panamint Pass.

The route to Hungry Bill's Ranch lies along Johnson Canyon in the Panamint Mountain Range above Death Valley. To reach the trailhead a high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary. Follow the northern fork of the canyon/road to it's end. From here it is a one and a half mile hike following the creek drainage to the old ranch site. The trail is washed out in places and may be difficult to follow, so bring a compass and topo map. There are ruins and an old orchard at the ranch site. It is possible to continue another five miles (and 3,000 feet) along the drainage to Panamint City. This trail is not recommended for summer use due to extreme heat. Bring lots of water.

Directions: From Furnace Creek, Drive south on Badwater Road to West Side Road. Turn right on West Side Road and travel to the third four-wheel drive road on the right. Turn on to Johnson Canyon Road and follow it 10.5 miles into the Panamint Mountain Range. Follow the northern fork of the canyon to the road end.

Elevation: 4,100 feet

Elevation Gain: 660 feet

Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Death Valley National Park, California

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