Racetrack via Hunter Mountain

Total Miles
50.1

Elevation

2,181.11 ft

Duration

8 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

Large loop winds through mountains and across desert inside Death Valley National Park. Great scenery with stops at old mining camp and Racetrack Playa, known for its mysterious moving rocks. If you're on north side of park, you can start loop from Waypoint 04 by heading south on Racetrack Valley Road from Grapevine Station south of Scottys Castle. Streetlegal vehicles only. Pay park fee.

Photos of Racetrack via Hunter Mountain

Racetrack via Hunter Mountain
Racetrack via Hunter Mountain
Racetrack via Hunter Mountain

Difficulty

Moderate: Conditions vary depending on recency of maintenance. Lippincott Grade is not maintained. Steep and narrow in places with possible washouts and large ruts. Usually okay for stock 4x4 SUVs with higher ground clearance. Call ahead to be sure.

History

The Lost Burro Mine operated off and on between 1907 and 1938 under different ownership. It was one of the richest gold mines in the area. Mystery of the moving rocks: Some scientists think the moving rocks at the Racetrack are simply pushed by the wind when the playa is wet. Others think the surface must also be icy.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Ernesto Lopez
Jan 20, 2024
2017 Lexus GX
Open
This is only for the portion between Lippincott Pass and Racetrack Rd, where this is a graded dirt road free of obstacles.

Access Description

From Panamint Springs, go west 13.8 miles on Hwy. 190 to well-marked Saline Valley Road on right. From Lone Pine, take Hwy. 190 east about 35 miles. To start loop at Wpt. 04, head south on Racetrack Valley Road (lots of washboard) about 26 miles from Grapevine Station.

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