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.
Rendezvous @ 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.