Ridgecrest to Death Valley

MODERATE 3 reviews
#42 of 70 trails in

Ridgecrest to Death Valley is a 165.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ridgecrest, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and off road driving and is accessible year-round.

165.9 miles
9,993 feet
Point to Point

nature trips

off road driving


wild flowers


historic site

no dogs

off road driving
11 months ago

Went solo and only took this trail from Ridgecrest to the Pinnacles, where I jumped off to head to the Nadeau Trail. I've got a 2nd Gen Tacoma DCSB TRD Off-Road with high clearance bumpers, Icon suspension at 3", 32" BFGs and the rocker killing running boards still installed. Clearance was never an issue, never used the locker and only really used the low range for comfort up climbs, though some of the climbs may be a little hairy in 2wd. Could do this first stretch pretty easily in a stock truck if are smart about your line in a couple places, but the two canyons get pretty tight and my truck was a little too long in places to easily get on the right line. Feels just right for the wheel base and track of a stock two-door wrangler, so wouldn't venture into the canyons with a full-sized unless I had decent clearance and rock sliders. Like most desert trails your clear-coat won't come out unscathed. Looks like a great trail for a bike with lots of smaller trails. One of the best stretches I took on this Death Valley trip. Tons of camping at the OHV area where the trail meets Trona Rd.

off road driving
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Fun trail, took a stock DCSB 2016 Tacoma TRD off-road on it and took the truck to its limits. Plenty of high incline crawling, speedy washouts, and very deep mud in the lakebed. Took hits in the under body armor, and went quick enough in the washouts to bottom out the shocks. You can do the trail finding easier ways to get around though. All around fun trail, easy in a modified rig, much more technical in a stock rig like the one I used.

6 months ago