Death Valley Riding Conditions

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by 2on2off, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. ER70S-2

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  2. MattLikeyBikey

    MattLikeyBikey Been here awhile

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    If you mean Father Crowley Overlook, there are scores of places to get a good look like that and beyond. Bucket list intact.
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  3. rhuff

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    Like the person above me said, lots of other places, but from the sounds of it, I think it’s going to be permanent.
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  4. ER70S-2

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    I don't know if Father Crowley Overlook is the same as Vista Point which was mentioned in the third article NSFW linked.
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    Very sad. Some really skilled men and women in those planes. God Bless.
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    Tragic accident indeed. Rode through there about 10 days ago and Father Crowley Overlook was closed with NPS and fed crews using it to stage was I assume was their investigation.

    Hard to say what will happen long-term, but the canyon is so close to the paved road too, I think it's more likely that they'll change their training routes if that section isn't essential to pilot training.
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  7. MattLikeyBikey

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    Safety is the biggest illusion of all. Let the pilots continue to do their thing and keep the place open. I hope they post a warning sign rather than ruin it for everyone who doesn't expect the "govment" to keep them safe at any cost. I would orderthe pilots do a low altitude training passes over "alienstock" :-D
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    Really LOW!
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    Full afterburner?
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  10. DeathValleyTiger

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    For anyone planning on entering/leaving Death valley by the 178, in between Ridgecrest and Trona there is road work and they're leaving a ton of gravel on the road. From about the Trona road turn off to the Fish rocks through the canyon is where they're working on now. The "Road work" signs are pretty far from where the work is actually being done, and we've had a few accidents so far.
  11. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Who has been to the Panamint ghost town?

    The government blocked driving access years ago. A long hike?

    Worthwhile scenery?
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  12. rhuff

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    Absolutely worth the hike. It's maybe 5 miles, but it's brushy and thru the creek for much of it and a steady uphill hike. Completely doable, but easy to lose the trail, so walking the creek is your best bet for much of it.

    I'll be doing it again in less than 2 weeks.
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    I have been marking all of the cabins, buildings, and mining remnants I can find for exploring this winter.

    If you are going on a weekend, let me know. I have some buddies who like exploring this stuff as well. If a weekday I could meet you there pending I have to drive out from Vegas but I can leave fairly early.

    Otherwise. I'll go out and check it solo. That isn't a bad hike at all and great time of year.