Cerro Gordo Backdoor

Total Miles
16.5

Elevation

2472.93 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

spring, summer, fall

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Trail Overview

This little-used route provides access to the Cerro Gordo mining ghost town from Death Valley. The route follows White Talc Road from Saline Valley Road in Death Valley, meandering along the valley floor at roughly 5,000 feet, and then climbs steeply up 3,000 feet along the Cerro Gordo Road. This route is mostly rough rock. There is no signal, and other than the occasional ranger patrol along the White Talc road down in the valley (the ranger was surprised to see us), it receives very little use. A portion of this route is in the Death Valley National Park, where all vehicles are required to be street legal. This route is seasonally closed by snow.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Technical Rating

4