We absolutely love motorcycling Death Valley. From Sacramento, we need at least 5 days to make the trip worthwhile. We have been many times and covered some trails from December through May. Our favorite times have been February and one year (2016) we actually got to see the wildflower superbloom While the weather is warm enough for riding even in the winter months there can be rainfall with road closures and some of the passes at higher elevations can be covered in ice and snow making motorcycling a little hazardous. It is best to check weather forecasts and check with the park service for road closures.
Feb 2016 we road from Sacramento to Death Valley for a couple of days of riding. We did this ride only two weeks after doing the Raw Hyde Adventure training camp. Was nice to come back down to Death Valley. Great get away in the winter.
Jon has been to Death Valley with www.gpskevin.com for his dual sport ride twice before taking Vicky on this adventure. The more you know the safer the ride will be for you and your friend.
Before I took to Vicky to Death Valley, we did a little eduction at Rawhyde Adventures training. It was a great opportunity for learning skills to take large bikes off road. Vicky gained a lot by the training and we highly recommend Rawhyde. To learn more about Rawhyde CLICK HERE. Vicky was not happy with the accommodations, but the training was fantastic and fun. After the training we elected to go with Rawhyde to Camp Alpha. This was a great camping trip on motorcycles to Trona, near death valley and involved some sand riding in canyons, good practice for the big adventure.
The first two of these were taken in Titus Canyon a must do for all riders, it is not very hard and is very scenic. The Charcol kilns are worth a visit near the Trona entrance very easy road. The last three photos are from Mengal pass, this is pretty hard. Take help with you. I haven’t done it on a big Adventure bike yet. And I am hoping to see if I can Get Vicky up there. Mengal pass can be covered with snow. When I have been there in January of 2013 and 2014 it was perfect.
Echo canyon is another hard way, but very doable with a little assistance.
We usually stay at Furnace Creek when we visit Death Valley. They have a nice hotel that is affordable but there are also camp sites available if you do not want to spend the $200 for a room. Campers have access to the Furnace Creek pool and showers. There is a store, bar, nice restaurant, and a really outrageously expensive cafeteria located on site. Our gpx files mostly show routes from Furnace Creek.
GPX files for some rides we have done in Death Valley:
Lippincott Pass CLICK HERE.
Titus Canyon CLICK HERE.
West End Road Loop CLICK HERE.
The Trona Pinnacles and Red Rock Canyon are fun rides but are not actually in Death Valley National Park. We stay in Ridgecrest when traveling to Death Valley. These rides are close to Ridgecrest. GPX files will be posted soon.
The following link is a very short video of Vicky at the end of Titus Canyon