Death Valley

Friday, April 14th 2023 to Sunday, April 16th 2023


We’ll leave Norco at 7 AM Friday morning, stopping in Kramer Junction for a late breakfast.  You can get gas in Norco, or Kramer Junction, or Olancha, and you must get gas in Big Pine.  Plan on eating lunch at where North Pass road (Waucoba Rd) meets the Death Valley Road, about half an hour from Big Pine.

Tow vehicles will be left in Olancha.  A gas stop will be made in Big Pine.

This is a long range trip with dry camping on the trail.  Starting from Big Pine we travel into Death Valley thru North Pass and make camp at Saline Valley Hot Springs on Friday night.

Saturday we travel thru Steele Pass, past Eureka sand dunes, with stops at Blue Marble Bath, Crank Shaft Crossing and Ubehebe Crater, stopping for gas at Stovepipe Wells, then on to Chloride City mines/ghost town for camp.

Sunday we’ll go thru Titus Canyon, stopping for gas at Stovepipe Wells, then home. 

Big Pine to the gas station at Stovepipe Wells is 172 miles.  From the gas station at Stovepipe Wells to camp, and thru Titus Canyon, and back to the gas station at Stovepipe Wells is 98 miles.  There should be no need to bring extra gas.

Bring firewood


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

Run Recommendations

  • Rear Axle Locker

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 2+

Difficulty Level: 2+

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


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