Visiting Death Valley in a week

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MidwestDesertRat
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Visiting Death Valley in a week

Post by MidwestDesertRat » Sun May 06, 2018 7:47 pm

Hi all! Ive been to Death Valley a few times but did not know about this forum until now. Lots of great information and posters here! (some great photographs too)

Anyway I am visiting next week and I was hoping for some input on what I wanted to visit. I will be there 2 days.

On my first day I will be renting a jeep from Farabee's with the intent of visiting the Racetrack going up through Hunter Mountain. I wanted to ask about the condition of Hunter Mountain Road, if there are any current issues with mud or otherwise. Ive been to the Racetrack a few times but never over the Hunter Mountain route.

For my second day I wanted to do a day hike up Marble Canyon. So, I also wanted to ask about the road to the Marble Canyon trailhead. Its difficult to find good information online about this road. I'll have a regular rental SUV, probably HC but not 4WD.

Thanks!

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Re: Visiting Death Valley in a week

Post by Sunman » Tue May 08, 2018 10:35 am

Drove Hunter Mountain Road in both directions a couple of weeks ago, other than a few washouts on the switchbacks heading down into Hidden Valley, nothing to be concerned about.

I Haven't driven Cottonwood Canyon in a number of years but you should have no issues there either. Have fun.

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Re: Visiting Death Valley in a week

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Tue May 08, 2018 12:50 pm

Please take heaps of pictures and come back here share what you saw. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great trip. The only thing wrong with your plan is that it's too short. Death Valley can easily gobble a week of vacation before you even know it's gone.
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Re: Visiting Death Valley in a week

Post by MidwestDesertRat » Tue May 08, 2018 7:47 pm

Thanks Sunman and Death Valley Dazed!

For navigation on Hunter Mountain Road once I am on it, will I just take the more developed looking fork on the road forks? That is what it looks like based on Google Earth.

I will try to post a lot of photos from my trip.

This is 5th time there and I do wish I had a lot more time than I do. I feel like every time I go, I leave with an even longer list of places in Death Valley Id like to visit. For instance, I keep trying to get a really stunning moving rock photo from the Racetrack but it can be quite challenging as you need the lighting to be just right. After taking my time through Hunter Mountain I hope I will be able to catch a nice sunset at the Racetrack and maybe this visit will be the one!

I think I am just going to rent a Farabee's jeep the second day too just so I do not have to worry about any car issues going out there. Also having the Spot unit along is nice for peace of mind as well. I will try to get an early start to get up to the 4th set of narrows in Marble Canyon. We'll see if that actually happens when I am out there because I think its a good 5 miles one way and it'll be very hot. But based on my research it is not a difficult hike, so I might have a shot.

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Re: Visiting Death Valley in a week

Post by Sunman » Wed May 09, 2018 12:30 pm

MDR,
Yes, just keep left at the forks and you'll be fine. They all appear well travelled. Worst case you'll detour to Goldbelt Springs which is not necessarily bad.

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Re: Visiting Death Valley in a week

Post by MojaveGeek » Thu May 10, 2018 2:18 pm

You will find lots of shade in Marble. But if you get too hot and want to quit early, consider taking the right fork at the "Goldbelt" rock into a side canyon that shortly comes to some pretty deep and awesome narrows. Also watch the canyon walls for "interesting things"

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