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Manly Peak Area Map
The main sites of interest
in this area are:
- Redlands Canyon
- Striped Butte
- Manly Peak
- Mengel Pass
- Coyote Canyon
- Goler Wash
The main dirt road through this area is the road that goes up Goler Wash.
This connects Butte Valley to Panamint Valley and provides access to most of
the sites of interest in this area including Russell Camp, Mengel Pass,
Barker Cabin, Meyer Cabin, Coyote Canyon, many old mine sites and several
springs. Manly Peak is most often climbed from Russell Camp, but can also be
climbed via Coyote Canyon.
The trail leading up Manly Peak is very gravelly and a little faint in some
places. However, the route is easy to follow without the aid of a trail.
Basically you just follow the ridge up to the summit. It's quite steep. In
fact, it averages out to about 1000 feet per mile with the steepest mile
probably gaining 1500 feet in elevation.
Goler Wash contains one of the few dirt roads that provide access across the
Panamints into Death Valley. It is subject to washout following major storms
and its condition is quite variable. The top of Goler can be somewhat
confusing as there are many dirt roads which shoot off in different
The ashes of Carl Mengel, along with his wooden leg, are buried under the
monument on Mengel Pass.
The Barker Cabin is famous as the location were Charles Manson was arrested
back in the late 1960's. He is said to have hidden in a small cabinet (which
has been removed). Recently this cabin was partially burned down. Some
restoration work has been done.