We camped by the old well the night before our hike.  You can see the road that leads east from here to the Eureka Valley Road:
The old well area has a few ruins scattered around it that are worth checking out:
First glimpse of Hidden Dunes between the hills:
The walk across Eureka Valley is flat and easy going.  It's just a matter of dodging some small plants and snake holes:
Before reaching the Hidden Dunes, we passed by these black hills where sand has encroached and climbed up the hillside:
The closer you get to the Hidden Dunes, the more sand you can see above the gap:
My friends walking behind me across Eureka Valley:
Finally reaching the base of Hidden Dunes:
Beginning the climb up the untouched sand which receives very few visitors:
This is what I call a perfect ridge line to walk across and admire:
Looking off to the left while climbing up, the steepness of the dunes becomes evident:
Looking off to the right, it's not so steep, but rather an endless field of sand:
Absolutely spectacular ripple designs in the next three pictures:
Climbing up towards small peaks in the lower part of Hidden Dunes:
The ridgeline we were walking along curved around in various directions:
Once again admiring the patterns in the sand in the next two pictures:
Looking back out towards Eureka Valley far in the distance:
A couple of pictures of Steve standing near one of the higher peaks on the lower part of Hidden Dunes:
(Closest to farthest) Looking back at Loren, Ryan, and Brandon.  They unanimously called our visit to the Hidden Dunes to be the Fall 2007 trip highlight:
Just ahead was a towering mountain of sand to climb up:
The sandy landscape is constantly changing out here:
Looking off to the west towards the mouth of Marble Canyon (Saline Range):
And this is looking due north towards the Big Pine Road:
Looking northeast back through the gap we had first entered Hidden Dunes through:
We found no human tracks and very few animal tracks on this day:
I really don't think many people visit the Hidden Dunes.  In fact, it's safe to say that the general public doesn't even know that these dunes exist:
Continuing to the south now, the Hidden Dunes wrap around and continue gaining elevation:
The landscape became quite eerie at this point.  Notice the purple colored sand and rocks up on the hillside to the right:
Far off in the distance, you can see how the Hidden Dunes continue with a section climbing high up the mountain:
Zooming in on this interesting section.  We didn't have time to hike over and check it out in person.  On a later date, I hope to hike up to the highest sand dune point as noted on my route map:
Instead, I followed the ridge I was on as it wrapped around and headed up this nearby hillside:
The Hidden Dunes are quite tall throughout.  Their height is one of the things that makes these dunes so special:
Spotting a green bush sitting in the middle of the dunes:
This is the point where the sand of the dunes collided with the rocky hillside:
The backdrop of the Saline Range adds to the beauty of the Hidden Dunes:
One of my friends getting ready to head down the mountain of sand:
Walking near the bottom as we started heading back:
Another one of my friends standing at the top of this picture.  It was around this time that a military jet crashed our party and buzzed us, as it flew directly above the Hidden Dunes:
Plant life growing out the sand in the Fall:
And a Fall wildflower bloom brightening up the surroundings.  This is a small Desert Prince's Plume:
As we were crossing back towards our camp and parking area, the Eureka Sand Dunes absolutely dominated the landscape:
Zooming in to the southeast to get a clearer view of the Eureka Dunes:
This final picture was taken from the Big Pine Road.  Almost exactly in the center of the picture are the Hidden Dunes.  Most people drive by and don't even realize that there is a set of sand dunes located here:
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