Goler Wash, Mengel Pass

Fun and challenging trail with unpredictable terrain.

Total Miles


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3 Hours
Technical Rating
6 / 10
Best Time
Fall/ Winter/ Spring

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Trail Overview
Goler Wash, Mengel Pass
Visit Newman Cabin, Lotus Mine, Manson Hideout and Mengel's grave on this delightful and difficult route that reaches into Butte Valley. Once you're in the valley, you'll find a web of roads that take you to some great little cabins. Street-legal vehicles only within the borders of Death Valley National Park. A park pass is also required.
Charles Manson is perhaps the most notorious mass murderer of all time. He and his “Manson Family” accomplices were caught hiding out at the Barker Ranch in 1969. It was a major news event. A fire in 2009 destroyed the wooden part of the structure, but the stone portion of the house still remains. Don't miss this interesting side trip.
Getting There
Take Highway 178 north from Trona about 22 miles. Turn right on Ballarat Road to Wingate Road. Head south on Wingate Road 15.1 miles to BLM Road P52 on left.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM, Ridgecrest Field Office
(760) 384-5400