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Cerro Gordo / Saline Valley Salt Tram

June 7th 2014




 Cerro Gordo and the Saline Valley Salt Tram are located in the Inyo Mountains, above the Owens Valley Dry Lake Bed, just east of Mount Whitney near Lone Pine.

Saturday night we will be camping along the trail at an elevation around 8500 feet near the crossover station of the Salt Tram. The tram is 13.5 miles long and starts in the Saline Valley and traverses up and over the Inyo Mountains and down to the Owens Valley. Our campsite will have breath taking views of Mount Whitney and the Owens Valley to the west and Saline Valley to the east. The campsite can get windy at night so bring some warm clothes. We can have a campfire but NO BARN FIRES. The Salt Tram is a National Registered Historic landmark so please DO NOT TAKE ANY SOUVIERS.

Sunday we will go north following the ridge lines of the Inyo mountains to the Burgess mine site and then dropping down to the Owens Valley at the old town site of Swansea which is located a couple of miles north of Keeler. We should be back on the pavement around 3 PM Sunday.

This is an easy to moderate trail with a few steep grades and two sections of the trail being a shelf road with steep drop offs.

Sunday afternoon I will be continueing on for another 3 to 4 days camping out along the trail. If anyone has the time and would like to join me you are welcome. See the  trek Beyond Cerro Gordo 6/8/14


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

  • 2+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Camping Supplies

Run Recommendations

  • Rear Axle Locker
  • Roll Cage

Additional Notes

Stock 4 X 4 with 31 inch off road tires

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

Rendevous at: 6th Street Chevron in Norco


We will meet on Saturday morning June 7 Th at the Chevron Station on 6 Th Street off the 15 FWY in Norco at 6:45 am.

Leave at 7:00 am. Travel north on the 15 fwy to route 395. Go north on 395 to Kramer Junction. Stop for breakfast.

Continue traveling north on 395 to Olancha which is at the south end of the Owens Valley Dry Lake Bed and route 190. Stop here for gas & drop tow vehicles.

Take 190 east to the east side of the Owens Valley Dry Lake Bed to the living ghost town of Keeler. We will air down hear.



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