Quietly isolated, Manly Peak stands at 7,196 feet on the boundary between Death Valley National Park and Manly Peak Wilderness. The Wilderness is comprised entirely of jagged ridges and deep canyons within the Panamint Mountains. Vegetation alters as you gain elevation from around 1,100 feet, where creosote bush scrub dominates, to the higher elevations, where piñon and juniper woodlands reign. The demanding terrain features rapid elevation changes, and the easiest approaches to the summit of Manly Peak are along the ridges to the northeast and east. Streams that flow from springs in the larger canyons feed a riparian habitat of cottonwoods and desert willows, and provide water for wildlife including a herd of desert bighorn sheep. As you explore the area, you'll find some evidence of long-abandoned mining operations.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Manly Peak Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
California Desert Protection Act of 1994 - Public Law 103-433 (10/31/1994) "California Desert Protection Act of 1994" An Act to designate certain lands in the California Desert as wilderness, to establish the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, to establish the Mojave National Preserve, and for other purposes.