Departure date set for June 14th!
Making plans for a mid June, 4 day 4 night ghost town trail expedition. Piecing the map together here:
I have been talking about this with my wife for a while but kind of shelved the idea, now looking at June, things should be good to make the trip! Chemo is done in April, radiation should be done by mid-May so dangit, we're going to do this!
Departing June 14th:
Meet up at Blue Diamond Travel Plaza. 12325 Nevada 160
Las Vegas - West, NV 89445
Rolling out at 0730.
We'll travel to Parhump, make a quick gas stop, then off to Death Valley Junction. We'll stop and explore the opera house and then on to Panamint Springs.
1st Camp (14th) Panamint Springs in Death Valley. (173 miles from Las Vegas)
Once at Panamint, we'll make a short run down to Ballarat and Barker ranch then back to camp for the evening.
The next morning,
We will drive 50 miles to Lone Pine and meet up with the other FJ's from Cali and make a gas stop. Then Lone Pine to Cerro Gordo
Lone to Cerro Gordo is 20 miles
We will take the Yellow Grade to Cerro Gordo. (Anticipate +3 hours due to photo stops, etc) Return via the Yellow Grade.
We may camp at Cerro Gordo or continue on to Mammoth Springs. Group vote. LOL
Cerro Gordo to Bodie: 169 Miles (approx 3 hours)
2nd Camp (15th) at Crags Campground. Make your reservations here:
There are hotels available here as well for non-tent campers.
This will put us less than 30 minutes from Bodie.
4+ hours to explore Bodie then across the mountains to Hawthorne, NV This takes several hours and you'll want to stop at the Aurora cemetery.
3rd camp (16th) at Hawthorne. (Hotels available)
We're staying here: http://www.northernstarcasinos.com/e...asino/lodging/
Hawthorne to Gold Point for final camp night (17th) (150 miles via Silver peak rd) We'll be able to stop by Blair and then off to Goldfield then on to Gold Point.
Again, Gold Point has cabins available for non-tent campers.
Contact Sheriff Stone at: http://www.goldpointghosttown.com
for cabin reservations. I'd make those fairly soon.
Leave Gold Point via Lucky Strike canyon. (30 miles) That ends up at Bonnie Claire (150 miles to Vegas)
Last gas stop in Beatty, NV. Some have asked about making the quick 12 mile trip over to Rhyolite from Beatty. I have no issues with that at all.
Estimate 800 miles. 200+ will be off road.
Estimated gas budget for those traveling from Vegas is around $400
Jason (Romad) +2?
Gary (GW7777) +1?
Teo (Raptor) +1
Mark (LV Deuce) +1 or 2
Bill (FJ Crush) +1
From the Blue Forum:
Scott (Montana FJ61)
The Brown Note
This all driven by a bucket list item to see Cerro Gordo:
Feel free to chime in with recommendations, suggestions, comments, etc. It looks like I have at least 5 other FJ's going from Vegas. Maybe some of the local Tacoma crew as well. I've done many of these trails solo with the exception of Cerro Gordo.