Saline Valley Salt Tram to Death Valley

Friday, November 10, 2017 7am to Sunday, November 12, 2017 3pm

Click here to see the all upcoming and past similar runs



Hi Guys, 

I did this trail a few years ago and wanted to run it again now that the weather is cooling down in Death Valley. The Swansea trail is a lot of fun with some aweome views of the Owens Valley all the way up to the top where the remains of the Saline Valley Salt Tram are located and then you get a great view of Saline Valley. From the Salt Tram, we'd head down to the Ghost Town of Cerro Gordo; if we're lucky the gentleman that maintains the town will be around to show us through some of the buildings. From Cerro Gordo, we'll head down the back road to Death Valley and make camp in the Joshua Tree Forest. Then depending on conditions we may head through Saline Valley to the hot springs and then onto Steel Pass or take Lippincott Rd. up to the Race Track and then make camp at a spot past Teakettle Junction.

The trail from Swansea to the Salt Tram has some sections of big rocks to climb over and some tight turns, but nothing too dificult and it's definitely doable without lockers. 

The trip would be 3 days, we'd be leaving early Friday morning and would be back to pavement by Sunday mid-day. 

Firewood: I'll have a metal pit for a fire, so please bring firewood. 

For those trailering their rigs, we'd be able to leave trailers / trucks at the Olancha gas station.

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.


  • HAM Radio on Frequency 146.550 Mhz


  • 33+ Minimum-Sized Tire
  • 2+ Minimum Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Minimum Transfer Case
  • Roll Cage
  • Gas Cans
  • Camping Supplies
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points
  • Ham Radio
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes

Shouldn't need lockers, low range will be required. The trail route will also cover a lot of dirt road, plan on bringing at least 5 gallons of spare gas.

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

Click here to create your custom driving directions to the Trail Head

Rendezvous at: Roadhouse Restaurant: 6158 CA-58 a, Boron, CA 93516

We'll be meeting for breakfast at 7am at the Roadhouse Restaurant in Boron of hwy 395 and hwy 58. 

From there we'll caravan to the gas station in Olancha, drop any tow rigs and top off for last gas and then head for the trail.  

Weather Forecast (View Full Details)

Thursday, September 19
83°F (28°C)
53°F (12°C)
Friday, September 20
88°F (31°C)
56°F (13°C)
Saturday, September 21
90°F (32°C)
59°F (15°C)
Sunday, September 22
86°F (30°C)
57°F (14°C)
Monday, September 23
87°F (31°C)
59°F (15°C)
Tuesday, September 24
90°F (32°C)
60°F (16°C)
Wednesday, September 25
Unavailable Unavailable
Unavailable Unavailable

This weather forecast is not for the week of this Run. Forecasts can only display the current week starting with today's date.

Participants (5 of 10 spots filled)

 OperatorJoinedMeet AtPsnsSeatsComment
JKU - Sahara
10/11/17Rendevous00Trail Boss
Sierra Grande
thumbnailSlim Jimmy
Rubicon 10th anniversary
thumbnailWild Bill
JK Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition
Club Member? Sign in now!       Click here to Join the Club!
GUEST Email:
Passengers: of seats
Meeting At:


You have joined the event!


You are now removed!



Your email has been sent!