Indian Pass is a pass in the Funeral Mountains, a surprising 3000 feet above Death Valley, and while the pass itself isn’t all that remarkable, the trip getting there can be very challenging but also breathtaking. The National Park Service warns that this is a fairly strenuous backpacking route, as there is no actual trail.
Death Valley provides several unique opportunities for desert backpacking at lower elevations which makes it an ideal winter getaway. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring a battery pack for my phone so I didn’t track the route we took with GPS (if anyone has suggestions for a good, compact GPS which will give me GPX files, I’d love to hear it).
Apparently I was feeling a bit philosophical while writing with this, so pardon all of the asides.