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|We will leave from the Texaco gas station in Trona between 9.00 am and 9.30 am and head for the Slate Range.
When we leave pavement a few miles outside of town I will give a few off road safety tips to ensure a safe trip.
A graded dirt road will take us into the pass that allows a stunning view of Panamint Valley.
Fish Canyon, the 1850 escape route of settlers stuck in Death Valley, will take us down into the valley.
The road is very steep in part and I ask you already now to stay in low range and avoid any sudden moves.
Once in Panamint Valley the trail turns very rocky and you have to pay attention to where you put your tires. Please drive slowly.
The drive through Panamint Valley is stunningly beautiful.
We will head up Goler Wash and visit Barker Ranch (Hideout of the infamous Manson family).
Very exciting is the drive up Mengel Pass and the following Striped Bute Valley.
Warm Springs Canyon takes us into Death Valley, the last 60 miles plus will be on pavement.
We will stop at Badwater and should also enjoy the drive through Artist Drive when time permits it.
Reservations for the night are at Stovepipe Wells Resort.
Arrival there between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.
Dinner at Stovepipe Wells restaurant.