Posted by G.U. on November 03, 2003 at 23:03:51:
In Reply to: upcoming trip to DV posted by AB in UK on November 02, 2003 at 18:09:25:
Since you're headed for Ballarat, this could be the jumping off point for a scenic loop that would get you exposed to a significant portion of DV. Head due south from Ballarat along the road on the east side of Panamint Valley and go up Goler Wash into Butte Valley (you'll have to count the miles, canyons, or use GPS as there are no signs). If your rental SUV has low range, this shouldn't be much trouble. Even if it doesn't, I'm guessing you can make it if you pick your spots in the one steep section. There are a couple of advantages to going this way; there are some nice cabins in Butte Valley and the weather/wind should be better than Emigrant Pass (which is where you said you were going to camp). Very scenic spot; you'd reallly enjoy it. Then you can continue east out of Butte Valley by the Warm Springs road and down into Death Valley; again a very scenic route. You'll be on the south end, so you can see the "tourist" spots of Bad Water, the mushroom rock, Artists Pallet, Zabriskie Point, etc. You'd be in Furnace Creek for your second night. From there you could do the canyons on the east side, then head north to Ubehebe and down into Race Track. From there, you can pick up the routes mentioned in my previous message.
This way, you're making a big loop with rather little backtracking and you'll get to see the full range of terrain in DV. Yup, that's what I'd do.