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Capo Valley Four Wheelers

Panamint Run: Pleasant Canyon / South Park

October 26th 2013


Meet at Norco 6th Street SAT 6:30 AM & caravan  from there

I-15 N to 395 N Breakfast at Kramer Junction "Roadhouse"

Probably will not  need to get gas at Ridgecrest before heading to Trona & Ballart (Will confirm gas "last stop" before we leave.

Called the T-STop (vallero) gas station in Trona (760-372-4761). They expect to have gas at the time of the run. Also the (old) Texaco has reopened - now a Shell station..

After Ballarat ghost town (park tow vehicles and buy something from store), we will proceed up Pleasant Canyon, Cross over to Middle Park, then over to the top of South Park.

Will camp near the old airstrip.

This will be a  dry camp inside the Death Valley Park boundary-- so NO campfire is permitted.

Bring all your own grub. Morton's is closed. Oh, and you'll need to bring your own water as well.

Return along the ridge above stripped butte and down from the top of Pleasant Canyon.

We'll  do a memorable side trip at the World Beater Mine (shelf road.) with an amazing view of Panamint Valley.


If Time and interest - we may do a side trip to Jail Canyon on the way out.




Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 33+ Sized Tire
  • 3+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Roll Cage
  • Gas Cans
  • Camping Supplies

Run Recommendations

  • Rear Axle Locker

Additional Notes

May need extra gas

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 3

Difficulty Level: 3

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 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
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 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


Rendezvous @ 6th Street Chevron in Norco

Meet at I-15 North, exit 6th Street in Norco (Chevron Station), Caravan to trailhead.


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