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Fotos de Panamint Valley to Death Valley OHV Loop

Distancia: 185.6 miles Desnivel: 14,465 feet Tipo de ruta: Circular


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Conducción todoterreno/OHV





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Conducción todoterreno/OHV
11 months ago

Excellent and very scenic loop. Very technical in sections requiring highly experienced 4WD drivers with well-equipped high-clearance 4WD vehicles. I completed this in a 2018 Jeep Rubicon. January 30, 2019 Took South Pass into Saline Valley. Lee Flat had a large number of beautiful Joshua Trees on the way in to the DV backcountry. High-clearance is recommended but was not required this day. AWD or 4WD recommended for improved traction. Beautiful sweeping views of Saline Valley, the Inyo Mountains (left) and the Saline Range (straight ahead above Saline Valley) and the Last Chance Range (right). Oncve on the valley floor I experienced minor wash board road conditions with several minor wash outs crossing the roadway. January 31, 2019 Ascended Lippencott Pass to Racetrack Valley. It is highly recommended only very experienced 4WD drivers traverse Lippencott Pass. On this day, this pass had some moderately severe cliff edge washouts with >23 degree off-camber areas (again cliff edge). There are also some very narrow sections, enough so to literally hug the uphill cliff wall and boulders. There were only a few areas where a turnaround on this road is possible and only for short wheelbase vehicles, even then it'd be tight 5 to 7-point u-turns all with imminent cliff edge hazards. Plan accordingly if taking Lippencott Pass Road. Once to the top of the pass Racetrack Valley is easy-peasy. Recommend AWD or 4WD due to areas of deep sand and/or gravel. I would definitely not take a sedan on this road. This is a 35 mph road; I did not know as I came up on a ranger who saw me doing 50-55 mph based on my dust cloud from a couple miles away, I did not know but slowed down well before passing him headed the opposite direction. Stopped at the Ubehebe Crater which is astounding, shortly thereafter was back on asphalt and headed to "town" for fuel and went down to Badwater Basin. The back up to CA-190 for the drive back to the Bay Area. I will say that truly astonishing geology and visual pleasures abound in this park. I am going back January 17-20, 2020 to explore both on foot and in my Jeep. Stay safe out there and be prepared...water, food, proper clothing, etc.