Goler Canyon Scenic Drive

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Goler Canyon Scenic Drive is a 10.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Death Valley, California and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for camping, scenic driving, and off road driving and is best used from November until March.

10.9 miles
3,487 feet
Point to Point


off road driving

scenic driving


Many interesting mines and cabins to see, including Charles Manson Hideout Camp nearby in the ghost town of Ballarat. Along the trail, see mines and outstanding Adopt-a-Cabins including Barker Ranch, once the hideout of serial killer Charles Manson and his gang. Other cabins include Russel Camp (a local favorite) and the Geologist's Cabin, popular because it is very tight and clean. The other cabins are mice infested and are posted with danger signs explaining the deadly Hantavirus, which is spread by inhaling dust from mice droppings. Most of this trail is easy to moderate. Only one short stretch over Mengel Pass is difficult. Under normal circumstances, high-clearance 4x4 SUVs can reach this point without a problem. Those with skid plates should also be able to get over Mengel Pass but some caution must be taken to avoid undercarriage damage. Some rock stacking may be necessary. In addition, there is always the possibility that a flash flood through Goler Wash could make it more difficult. This trail is extremely remote. Street-legal vehicles only inside Death Valley National Park.

off road driving
4 months ago

Awesome drive. The road wasn't as difficult to drive as the first time I was there about 10 years ago. We got to stay at the Geologist Cabin for one night. Loved it!

7 months ago

Fun 4x4 drive through Mengel Pass into Death Valley. Not a difficult drive for a high clearance vehicle. Was able to get through easily with a Unimog 1300 camper. Stock SUV can get through but should take care.

off road driving
Monday, September 15, 2014

Most remote place I have taken the adventure trailer. Talk about being in the middle of nowhere!

off road driving
Saturday, April 22, 2017