DISCLAIMER: NO DRAMA, JUST A SHORT REPORT W/ PICS. Wed explored most of DVNP but had never visited Saline Valley Hot Springs. Last week DRxDR and I stayed at Mesquite Springs Camp near Scottys Castle so we could make a day loop through the some of the northernmost scenic valleys and passes. The ride would take us by Ubehebe Crater, the Racetrack, Lippencott mine, the Springs, Steel Pass, and Eureka Dunes. Estimated distance ~130 miles; estimated ride time uncertain and incident dependent. March is usually an ideal time of year in DV, but a late winter storm was on the radar and we set out under cool, cloudy skies. Heres DRxDR on the road up from Ubehebe and a bit further along in Racetrack Valley (just before Tea Kettle Junction). Heres the Racetrack dry lake and the Grandstand for watching the rocks do their thing. The skies were clearing and Lippencott mine road afforded great views of the Inyo Mtns and Saline Valley. Once down on the graded valley road we had the chance to play Dakar racers before arriving at the Salt Dry Lake. The lower Hot Springs turned out to be quite the oasis. The Lower Spring wasnt flowing well, so the bathing beauties were all gathered at the Upper Spring. As we rode through we realized how fortunate wed been to have stopped for lunch at the Lower Springs. Just be glad we didnt take any photos! :eek1 We sped through with eyes focused on the rocky wash leading to Steel Pass, and didnt look back or rest until we were a good ways up the canyon. DRxDR was still composing himself. After the long climb the saddle at Steel Pass was a welcome sight . and led to a fun section with new vistas. The wash entered a narrow canyon .. with some small rock ledges .. and eventually opened to a sweet view of the Eureka Valley between the Saline and Last Chance Mtn ranges. The dunes look small from here but rise to ~700 ft. (tallest in California?). The area is designated as the Eureka Sand Dunes National Natural Landmark. The road out heads north then east through the Last Chance Mtns where the final pass of the day afforded a nice view into western Nevada. (Crankshaft junction is just above the left mirror.) Death Valley Rd returned us to Mesquite Springs after ~150 miles. We arrived back at 3:30 PM (7 hours ride time) so I guess we wasted a few hours of daylight. Because the weather was cooling off we packed up and headed south to the Texas Springs Campground near Furnace Creek. The storm eventually arrived and delivered rain in the valley and snow to the hills. cheers, Larry Last falls south/central DV ride report (DRZ and a GS-hack) is here.