Death Valley

Friday, April 15, 2016 7am to Sunday, April 17, 2016 5pm


You may need extra gas. The route is 243 miles from last gas in Olancha back to Olancha.


This run is back by popular demand.  We will stop for breakfast at Kramer Junction and drop tow vehicles at Olancha on highway 395.  Olancha is last gas.  From Olancha we will take highway 190 and enter Death Valley by way of the South Pass road. Friday’s camp is at Saline Valley Hot Springs. There are vault toilets but no other facilities or services at Saline Hot Springs. Bring a bathing suit or not for the hot springs.

Saturday we’ll head North thru Steele Pass, a slow rocky road, past Eureka Sand Dunes National Landmark and on to Crankshaft Crossing to place a spare crankshaft on the pile.  From there we go to Ubehebe Crater, then to Teakettle Junction to place a teakettle alongside the others.  At the end of the day we will be at the Race Track to see with sliding rocks and camp at Lippencott Mine. There are a few rock crawls availble at the Lippencott Mine if you're not too tired from the day's run.

On Sunday it’s down Lippencott Grade (some pucker factor) back to Saline Valley, out South Pass, and home.

Pleae call me if you are signing up as a guest. (949) 275-7602. The club will require you to sign a Liability Release. I also need to know your off road experience level and what you are driving. I would also invite you to attend the April 5, 2016 meeting at Marie Callender's in San Juan Capistrno at 7:30 PM so we all can get to know you.

Rig & Run Details

The Run Liability Release Waiver must be printed, signed, and handed to the Trail Boss at the start of the Run. Click Here to Download

Ensure that your driving abilities and Rig meets the below requirements and recommendations.


  • CB Radio on Channel 4
  • HAM Radio on Frequency 146.550


  • 33+ Minimum-Sized Tire
  • 2+ Minimum Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Minimum Transfer Case
  • Tow Hooks (D-Shackle)

Always required for any Run:

  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Tow Straps
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes


  • Rear Axle Locker
  • Roll Cage
  • Gas Cans
  • Camping Supplies

Difficulty: 3

1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained and possible erosion; 33" tires, Anti-sway bar disconnects, Rear hard locker, Off-road driving experience, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case strongly recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage

Map & Driving Directions

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Rendevous at: 6th Street Chevron in Norco

Meet at 7 AM. Breakfast a Kramer Junction. Drop tow vehicles in Olancha on Highway 395.

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Participants (10 of 12 spots filled)

 OperatorJoinedMeet AtPsnsSeatsComment
08/04/15Rendevous00Trail Boss
thumbnailJeep Daddy
Rubicon Wrangler
thumbnailJonesBones II
Rubicon Unlimited
Nathan Gruwell
73 GMC K1500
04/06/16Vehicle Drop Off11 
Cherokee XJ
04/12/16Rendevous00Meet in Olancha
Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
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