The Escape Trail

Total Miles
8.4

Elevation

933.03 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

spring, fall

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Intermediate

History

In February 1850, attempting toe space the clutches and perils of Death Valley, the Arcan and Bennett party led by William Manly and John Rogers abandoned their wagons and set out on foot along this route. Along the route, in the canyon that now bears his name, they found a deceased Father Fish who was also trying to escape the valley. As the story goes, at the summit of the route, one of the party stopped and looked back into the desert valley floor below and said, "So long Death Valley", and the name stuck.

Technical Rating

4

Access Description

About 8 miles north of the Trona Pinnacles, the turn is marked with the sign for Valley Sand and Gravel.