Here we go.
Death Valley Run Feb 28th, March 1st & 2nd (maybe March 3rd depending on interest).
This trip will be called the "Cabin Run". Please bring along large jugs of hand sanitizer, packs of TP, Lysol/spray cleaners, paper towels, fire wood and any other supplies we can leave at these remote cabins for future travelers. We want to ensure we leave these places better than we find them. This post has some photos of one of my previous trips out here with JP http://www.toyota120.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22267
DAY ONE - Feb 28th: On Friday we will meet up at Blue Diamond Travel Center 12325 NV-160 NV-159 at 0930 hrs.
Then head north on NV-160, cut through beautiful Pahrump turn onto W Bella Vista Ave to Ash Meadows Rd and follow to SR127.
This will lead us to Death Valley Junction a tiny Mojave Desert town at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park.
We can stop and check out the Amargosa Opera House here. Try to support the locals and drop a little cash.
We will cut across DV via SR-190 and top off with fuel (it's expensive out here!) then turn off South onto Panamint Valley Rd. and down to Trona Wildrose Rd. If Trona Wildrose is closed we will try Indian Ranch Rd (I've never taken this route) be aware from this point on the road conditions may vary as heavy rain has caused washouts. If the road is marked as closed me may take it anyways. If you don't feel comfortable, don't come.
The goal is to travel into a cool little ghost town named Ballarat.
This place just refuses to die.
Itís sole full-time resident is Rocky Novak. Rocky lives on site in his generator powered home and runs the general store with some refreshments like beer & soda. He grew up in nearby Surprise Canyon at the Chris Wicht Camp, which has since been burned to the ground. Try to support the locals and drop a little cash.
We will then head up into Pleasant Canyon and if all goes well, we will make camp at World Beater cabin. This is a vacant cabin and open on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If it's occupied then we will push on to a secondary camp location. Hope this doesn't happen because it will cause us to pull into secondary camp(s) very late at night. These cabins are first come so there is no way to mitigate this risk.
Bring LOTS of firewood and feel free to bring some good food, booze, contraband, whatever because this place is great to indulge and relax. The cabin has a decent outhouse, indoor wood burning stove, 12v lighting, etc.
DAY TWO - March 1st: Next morning our goal is to be rolling by 0930. We will head up to Rogers Pass and around the loop to Middle Park, South Park and find a nice spot to have lunch. Then the fun begins because we will roll down to Chicken Rock. http://www.deathvalley.com/exploring...cken_rock.html
Then we hit the bridge, if you didn't pucker at Chicken Rock, you will here.
No full size vehicles will be allowed on this trip due to this stretch, it's no joke. http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/easte...on-bridge.html
I've done it before along with others and upon another inspection I'll do it again.
If you don't feel comfortable, don't come.
Don't say I didn't warn you, http://youtu.be/7-ye6C86uRA - you will die if your truck goes over the edge. If your rig weighs more than 6000lbs then you should not attempt.
If your still alive at the other side, we get rewarded with the amazing Briggs Cabin at the bottom of the hill. The cabin has a decent outhouse, indoor wood burning stove, 12v lighting, etc. This is an Adopt-a-cabin and open on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We can camp here for the night. If it's occupied then we will push on to secondary camp locations. Hope this doesn't happen because it will cause us to pull into secondary camp(s) very late at night. These cabins are first come so there is no way to mitigate this risk.
DAY THREE - March 2nd: Roll out at 0930. We will head down the trail until we reach Wingate Rd and head South and turn left on Coyote Canyon Rd. This will bring us to Goler Wash and eventually Mengel Pass. We will pass some really cool spots along the way. Eventually this trail will spit us out on West Side Hwy to Badwater Rd. From here we will head home.
HAM and or CB communications (no comms is NOT an option)
Cold weather clothing and camping gear
4WD w/ low range (NOT 2WD friendly, 4x4 w/ rear locker preferred)
IFS skid or some form of oil pan skid plate (thicker than stock preferred)
Tires with decent off-road tread and at least one full spare (street tires wonít last 30 minutes out here)
4-5 gallons water supply (be prepared for worst case)
10-15 gallons extra fuel supply (no gas stations out here)
6+ bundles of firewood (the more the better)
Food for 4+ days (be prepared for worst case)
2-3 inch lift preferred
Onboard Air or Co2
Basic tools, supplies, spare parts, and recovery gear for your vehicle
Some folks may experience minor damage (stock bumpers, X-members, tires, etc.). Do not attend this event if youíre not modified/protected, if you canít afford the damage, or if your a poser. These are tough trails; you must pay attention and some wear and tear is to be expected out here.
This will be an epic run. These are some of the toughest trails and trickiest shelf roads in Death Valley.
Please post up any questions/comments/suggestions and your interest level!
I will be cross posting this trip on other forums.
After adding your name, please copy and paste this list if your going to attend.