Cerro Gordo Backdoor

Total Miles
16.6

Elevation

2,472.93 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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.

Photos of Cerro Gordo Backdoor

Cerro Gordo Backdoor
Cerro Gordo Backdoor
Cerro Gordo Backdoor

Difficulty

rated 4 for steep and loose climbs

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Ernesto Lopez
Jan 20, 2024
2017 Lexus GX
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
The road is pretty washed out with many off camber sections. High ground clearance necessary. Only one major obstacle of two large rocks on either side of the trail. Smaller vehicles (FJ cruiser, GX460) were able to skirt between the rocks; a full size truck had a harder time as they needed to climb these rocks.
Paul Amaral
Jan 02, 2024
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
Rough/Deteriorated
Lots of easy to navigate washes. High clearance is a must. Snow at the highest elevation or the trail. Very steep drop offs near the top. Two obstacles down near the bottom you may need to climb due to the width of your rig. High clearance jeeps no problem. Only giving this a 5 because snow levels will rise making this trail dangerous.
L W
Oct 20, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
T Burch
Jun 16, 2023
Dirt Bike
Open
Normal

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