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srharris111

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Hi Truck Campers,

Headed to Death Valley in a week and wondering who has driven the 28 mile road to The Racetrack? Did you take your camper? I have been looking at trip reports on different sites and they say how bad it is, but this is why we have truck campers right? I've logged many miles on bad Baja roads, is this any different?

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The washboard is as bad as everyone says. It took us almost 3 hours to get from the Ubehebe Crater to the Racetrack. We left via Hunter Mountain and that route was better.

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just be prepared to take it real slow and easy for most of the route.
and you have to walk out on the lake bed quite a ways to find the larger rocks and trails, but they are there, for sure.


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I have a trip report that covers the Racetrack and it was very wash board at that time, airing down will help, put everthing away and it worth the drive out there. Homestake dry camp is located 3 mules pass The Race track as well as The Lost Burro Mine at the Tea Kettle turn off. Heres some photos and videos
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My wife and I were talking about heading there instead of tahoe first weekend of Jan. If you don't mind reporting back best route to take that would be awesome! Will be our first trip in our camper, and first camping trip as a married couple.

Cool picture by the way!

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Thanks Guys for the info. I will file a trip report when we get back. Have a good Christmas.

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Posted: 12/21/11 04:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Death Valley

Great source of information on all of Death Valley

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Please note that I'm not asking if it is legal...just whether or not you can typically get away with it:

Can you get away with staying in TC overnight along the way to the racetrack? Photography, especially in a desert area, is best done early and late in the day. For this reason, I've never bothered to do the racetrack road. I would want to take a whole day to get there (VERY slowly), and a day to get back, with a few hours of evening and then morning photography at the sight.

Is there anybody around to enforce the no camping regulations?


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When I was there in 2009 the road was VERY wash board. I almost did not go the whole way but in the end the trip was well worth it. I took it slow and checked out the scenery and will probably do it again in 2013 when plans are to return.
On a different note, try to do Titus Canyon as it is a great trip. Road has been good the two times I have done it.
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