This is a four day run to Death Valley.
Everyone signed up has a ham radio. That should make for a pleasant trip communication wise.
It’s a three hour drive from the 6th Street Chevron in Norco if you plan on caravanning with me. We’ll leave Norco at 7 AM, stopping in Barstow to check a tire and again in Baker for gas. Plan on eating lunch in camp Thursday. After lunch we’ll head for the China Ranch date farm and bakery for a date shake. Then we’ll spend the afternoon circumnavigating the South Nopah Wilderness and run part of the Old Spanish Trail.
The camp site (dry) will be near the South end of Furnace Creek road near Highway 127. Camp is only 9 miles from Shoshone. We have camped there in the past. Bring lots of firewood since we'll be there awhile. Motorhomes and trailers will have no problem getting to camp.
The turn North off of Highway 127 will be signed, as will the campsite. We'll be about two miles North of highway 127 on Furnace Creek Road. Those people who would like make it a shorter trip can show up on Friday or Saturday. We'll plan to leave camp at 8:30 AM on those days.
There is a motel, restaurant, bar, gas, and supplies in Shoshone. No need to bring extra gas cans. You can always fill up on gas at the end of each day. You may want to eat at the restaurant rather than cook hot dogs in the dirt...your call.
There will be long cross country runs Friday and Saturday so be prepared for lunch on the trail.
Friday we’ll travel to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and back on trails and dirt roads. This place is famous for pup fish. We’ll visit Devil’s hole, the visitor’s center, Point of Rocks Spring, and Rabbit Springs. I’ve been to Rabbit Springs and it is what I consider the best part of the whole place in that it is seldom visited, remote, undeveloped, and yet completely accessible in an up close and personal way. I asked a ranger about it years ago and was told “Nobody goes there. It’s in the middle of nowhere.” You can’t resist going to a place like that and it’s loaded with fish in hot water.
Saturday we’ll head up the West side road (dirt) and explore the many 4x4 trails heading West into the Panamint Mountains. We’ll stop at Furnace Creek for a pit stop then make out way back to camp on pavement via Badwater. There may be a couple of short side trips on the way back to camp, daylight permitting.
Sunday morning will be a short run toward Baker so folks can head home after lunch if they are not towing. I’m planning to go to Owls Springs and the Microwave Tower. Chuck and I reconnoitered parts of this area and found a very cool cabin and a couple of grave markers. Those of us going back to camp may visit the ghost town of Ibex Springs. Bring a letter for the mail box there if you want to do something weird.
I'll stay over to Monday if anyone is interested in making it a 5 day run. If so, we’ll eat Sunday dinner is Shoshone.
Rendezvous @ 6th Street Chevron in Norco
Rendevous at 7 AM Thursday morning and caravan, or
Find your way to Baker on Highway 15 and take Highway 127 North 51 Miles to the Furnace Creek dirt road (signed) and turn left to camp (signed). The turn onto Furnace Creek road is 246 miles from San Clemente.