4×4 Road: Hanaupah Canyon Road – Death Valley National Park

High clearance-required 4×4 road to a desert oasis/spring. The first 5 miles are accessible to high clearance, 2WD vehicles. Telescope Peak rises above the top of the canyon, creating the largest vertical drop in the park. Total Distance: 8.2 miles point-to-point (dead end) Elevation Gain: 3,533ft. (-241ft. to 3,212ft.) Road Difficulty: 2.0+ for the first […]

Abandoned Trail Canyon Mine Road – Death Valley National Park

Old mining road beyond the end of the Trail Canyon Road up to an old mine. Total Distance: 5.8 miles out & back Elevation Gain: 2,678ft. (4,254ft. to 6,527ft.) Difficulty: Strenuous 5-10 Mile Difficulty: Strenuous View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: No Horses: Yes Best Seasons: March-June, September-December Special Permits: None […]

4×4 Road: Trail Canyon Road – Death Valley National Park

High clearance-required 4×4 road to a spring and old mining area. The first 4 miles are accessible to high clearance, 2WD vehicles. Total Distance: 10.7 miles point-to-point (dead end) Elevation Gain: 4,529ft. (-255ft. to 4,254ft.) Road Difficulty: 2.0+ (4×4 required after mile 4) Bicycle Difficulty: Very Difficult View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty […]

Dirt Road: West Side Road – Death Valley National Park

High clearance-required dirt/gravel road that travels along the west side of Badwater Flats and gives access to 4×4 roads up desert canyons, historic sites, beautiful views, and more. Total Distance: 35.9 miles point-to-point Elevation Gain: 751ft. gain, 736ft. loss N to S Road Difficulty: 1.5 (high clearance required) Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Author’s […]

Brown Peak (West Approach) – Death Valley National Park

Scramble up an unassuming but very pretty peak to fantastic views of the surrounding area. Total Distance: 6.2 miles out & back Elevation Gain: 2,491ft. (2,976ft. to 4,949ft.) Difficulty: Strenuous 5-10 Mile Difficulty: Very Strenuous View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: No Horses: Yes Best Seasons: November-April Special Permits: None Water […]

4×4 Road: Deadman Pass Road – Death Valley National Park

Drive across Deadman Pass in the Greenwater Mountains between Greenwater Valley Road and CA-127. Total Distance: 13.4 miles point to point Elevation Gain: 341ft. up, 1,278ft. down (3,264ft. to 2,065ft.) Road Difficulty: 2.0 (4×4 required) Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: Leashed Horses: Yes Best Seasons: October-May […]

Smith Mountain – Death Valley National Park

Scramble up an unassuming but very pretty peak to fantastic views of the surrounding area. Total Distance: 5.6 miles out & back Elevation Gain: 2,314ft. (3,806ft. to 5,923ft.) Difficulty: Strenuous 5-10 Mile Difficulty: Strenuous View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: No Horses: Yes Best Seasons: November-April Special Permits: None Water Availability: […]

Gold Valley Road – Death Valley National Park

Follow a 4×4 track off of the Greenwater Valley Road through the Black Mountains to Willow Spring and Gold Valley. Total Distance: 13.0 miles point-to-point (dead end) Elevation Gain: 1,432ft. up, 1,877ft. down (4,479ft. to 2,637ft.) Road Difficulty: 2.0 (4×4 required) Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Author’s Rating: Visitor Rating: Visitor Difficulty Rating: Pets: […]

Greenwater Townsite Road (South) – Death Valley National Park

This is the southerly of the two roads leaving the Greenwater Valley Road to approach Greenwater Townsite. From Greenwater, it continues northwest to meet the Furnace Townsite Road. Total Distance: 5.6 miles point-to-point Elevation Gain: 1,077ft. up, 192ft. down (3,880ft. to 4,765ft.) Road Difficulty: 1.8 (high clearance required) Bicycle Difficulty: More Difficult View Rating: Author’s […]