Anyone ever take this route or tour? I used to hang out with a 4x4 club non jeep and they go every year and only other place I see that offer a guide thru death valley is badlands 4x4 but 400.00 bucks for guided tour is way to much for me I'd rather try myself and get lost. Normally they use this month to go any clubs out there go?
I'll be returning to DV on the weekend of the 23-25th March, but with my elderly parents (mid 70's). We plan on doing some light wheeling Friday, and probably scare 'em to death (it IS Death Valley, right?) on Mengel Pass/Goler on Saturday if anyone wants to join us for a slow, family style run that weekend.
I just drove through DV a couple weeks ago and did some camping and light wheeling, but nothing intense. There must be a lot more that I didn't see though. What kinds of terrain? Doable with a slightly-over stock XJ?
Anyone have a how coordinate where they usually start and fijish to get any idea of where to go?think I will look at those recommendations thanks.
Next time I go, I will start in Balarat, then through Goler Wash and Mengel Pass towards West Side Road and connect with Henry Wade Road towards Saratoga Springs, then head towards Baker and on home. Probably 2/3 nights.
This assumes youve seen most of the rest of the park. If you havent seen the Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater, Titus Canyon, Scotty's Castle you should check those out first and do a more traditional DV run.
WOW that DV park is huge with trails then, not many gas stations in there? thinking of going with a few 5 gallon tanks and gettig some maps at a ranger station or something. haven't had chance to get those books. two weeks left to do something before a hectic working schedule.
Lots of trails, yes. herculz, from your profile mods you can easily do any of them, tho' Lippencott Pass is pretty hairball right now due to a couple of washouts in the VERY steep switchback section. I was nervous in my LJ, and that's narrower and shorter than your JK Unlimited.
This weekend gas station prices were Stovepipe Wells ($5.06/gal) and Furnace Creek ($5.89/gal). I did bring an extra 5 gallons with me, but never came close to using it...and we wheeled all day...but it's nice to have.
Get the books, get the books, get the books (especially Mitchell's for DV). I did see 1 only of those for sale at the SW Ranger Station, but you should really have a better plan than to read a book when you get there IMO (and there was only 1).
Like I said in the previous post, the wheeling is easy to moderate, with some exceptions like sections of Lippencott and Goler, which are more like Class IV stuff. I never had to use the ARBs the whole weekend.
DV is a wonderful place to see if you're into geology (I am) and love desert environments (I do).
We had a fantastic time last weekend....found an unexpected petroglyph, a very cool fossil shell (large round snail, just about perfectly exposed in half), and saw a Bighorn Sheep that we surprised in a canyon...great weather and fun wheeling. Just perfect. I'll post a brief trip report w/ photos after I catch up with work.