Panamint Run Descriptions

Please note: These run descriptions are from the 2014 Panamint Valley Days event and are only a sampling of what will be available. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis when you arrive at base camp.

Friday Runs

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Cummins Cutoff

Cummins Cutoff

CB Channel 5 — Limit: 30 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 30 vehicles that sign up. Vehicle requirements: Short wheel-base (less than 100"), 33" tires; Long wheel-base - 35" tires. All vehicles must have at least a rear locking differential. We will be taking the most challenging obstacles up the canyons to the Defense Mine. Undercarriage and body damage is possible. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. This run follows the Minietta Mine Road and two side canyons enroute to Stone Canyon until its closure just below Waterfall #1. The route provides several rocky and scenic miles with the challenges of Waterfall "Zero" and Cummins Cutoff. Just below Waterfall #1, we will make a sharp right onto the Defense Mine Road, which is scenic, historical and somewhat challenging. It will be the decision of the run leader whether to continue up to the Defense Mine.

Run Leaders: Art Stine - Mad Hatters 4WD and Kevin Maede - My Jeep Rocks
Line up: 8:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 9:00 AM

Defense Mine

Defense Mine

CB Channel: 11 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 20 vehicles that sign up. Participants will have ample time to complete mine exploration before leaving, giving them the option to visit Lookout City and/or other nearby routes. Due to weather and trail use, some of the obstacles have become more challenging. Stock and slightly modified vehicles may expect body damage and/or getting stuck in the rocks. Stock SUVs are not advised. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. Please remember that mine exploration is optional and at your own risk, and that this was an active mine operation, so, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS. Bring flashlights. CHILDREN MUST BE WATCHED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AND PETS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN INTO THE MINE. From the entrance, it is an easy standup walk of about 300? to the first "explosive storage room" (empty except for work benches) and the first "ore chute" is beyond that. For the adventurous, there is a second entrance/exit climbing several well-built wooden ladders to several landing, where you change to the next ladder. (It is somewhat intimidating to stand at the bottom and look up at these ladders.) Caution should be exercised if you explore the mine and extreme caution should be used near the ore car platforms outside the main entrance. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MINE EXPLORATION IS OPTIONAL AND AT YOUR OWN RISK. Anyone not doing the mine exploration is free to take the short route back to camp (we'll point it out on the way in) and also may have ample time to explore nearby Lookout City if so desired.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 7:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 8:00 AM

Jail Canyon

Jail Canyon

CB Channel 6 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is a Gear Grinders all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Rocky trail going into the canyon and to the mining works and cabin.

Run Leader: Jack Brown, Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45am; Leave: 10:00am

Lookout City Sunset Run

Lookout City Sunset Run

CB Channel 4 — Limit: 25 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run. This scenic run will take you to the Lookout City ruins high atop the Argus Range for a spectacular sunset view of the Panamint Range and Valley. Cold temperatures can be expected, so bring your warm clothes.

Run Leader: Terry Burton - High Desert Four Wheelers
Line up: 1:30pm; Drivers' Meeting: 1:45pm; Leave: 2:00pm

Pleasant Canyon

Pleasant Canyon

CB Channel 1 — Limit: 25 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We will explore an old mining operation and the trail has a spectacular view of Death Valley from the top. You can expect this to be an all-day run.

Run Leader: Jerry Grimsley - Gear Grinders
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

Snow Canyon

Snow Canyon

CB Channel 2 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is an all-vehicle run with 31" tires and a bit of a lift or skid plates recommended. The roads tend to change at the whim of Mother Nature, but there's always a few rocky sections and loose dirt areas. We'll see several different historic mining eras and structures in addition to different natural and geological zones. The Golden Lady and the St. George mines have extensive workings to see and there will be some opportunities to hike and explore. The run is planned to finish with plenty of time to make the Outlook sunset or other night runs.

Run Leader: Dick Sims - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 10:00 AM

South Park to Briggs Cabin

South Park to Briggs Cabin

Channel 8 — Limit: 30 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We climb and cross the alluvial fan and enter the canyon and explore the lower canyon area up to the Brigg's cabins. This run does not go further than the cabins. The trail is not terribly hard, but is rough with some sharp rocks and soft sand. We will have lunch and exploring at the cabins.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45am; Leave: 9:00am

Saturday Runs

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Cummins Cutoff

Cummins Cutoff

CB Channel 11 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 30 vehicles that sign up. Vehicle requirements: Short wheel-base (less than 100"), 33" tires; Long wheel-base - 35" tires. All vehicles must have at least a rear locking differential. We well be taking the most challenging obstacles up the canyons to the Defense Mine. Undercarriage and body damage is possible. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. This run follows the Minietta Mine Road and two side canyons enroute to Stone Canyon until its closure just below Waterfall #1. The route provides several rocky and scenic miles with the challenges of Waterfall ?Zero? and Cummins Cutoff. Just below Waterfall #1, we will make a sharp right onto the Defense Mine Road, which is scenic, historical and somewhat challenging. It will be the decision of the run leader whether to continue up to the Defense Mine.

Run Leaders: Joe Torres, San Diego 4 Wheelers
Line up: 8:00 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:15 AM; Leave: 8:30 AM

Defense Mine

Defense Mine

CB Channel: 6 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This run is limited to the first 20 vehicles that sign up. Participants will have ample time to complete mine exploration before leaving, giving them the option to visit Lookout City and/or other nearby routes. Due to weather and trail use, some of the obstacles have become more challenging. Stock and slightly modified vehicles may expect body damage and/or getting stuck in the rocks. Stock SUVs are not advised. Trail leader has final approval of vehicles for participation, keeping the best interest of the entire group in mind. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MINE EXPLORATION IS OPTIONAL AND AT YOUR OWN RISK, and that this was an active mine operation, so, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS. Bring flashlights. CHILDREN MUST BE WATCHED CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES AND PETS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN INTO THE MINE. From the entrance, it is an easy standup walk of about 300? to the first "explosive storage room" (empty except for work benches) and the first "ore chute" is beyond that. For the adventurous, there is a second entrance/exit climbing several well-built wooden ladders to several landing, where you change to the next ladder. (It is somewhat intimidating to stand at the bottom and look up at these ladders.) Caution should be exercised if you explore the mine and extreme caution should be used near the ore car platforms outside the main entrance. Anyone not doing the mine exploration is free to take the short route back to camp (we'll point it out on the way in) and also may have ample time to explore nearby Lookout City if so desired.

Run Leader: Jack Brown - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45 AM; Leave: 10:00 AM

Goler Wash / Mengle Pass

Goler Wash / Mengle Pass

CB Channel: 1

This is an all-wheel-base, full day run with lots of history thrown in. Due to some erosion of the trail, it is advisable to have at least 31" tires and a traction aiding device of some kind in the rear, such as a limited slip diff, a selectable locking diff, or a full locked diff. The first stop will be at Ballarat Ghost Town to air down. Then its on to Goler Wash where you will get to see Newman's Cabin, over Mengle Pass into Death Valley where you will see Rustle Camp, Greater View Cabin, Striped Butte and the Geology Cabin. If time allows, we possibly could take a run into the Barker Ranch where the Manson Family lived and Manson hid.

Run leader: Gary Luckeroth - Gear Grinders
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

Isham Canyon

Isham Canyon

CB Channel: 5 — Limit: 12 Vehicles

Isham has been severely washed out over the past two years and this has significantly increased the technical nature of the run. It is more like a Hammers trail now. Given the current condition of the trail, the run is limited to 12 vehicles, not including trail leads. Minimum requirements: 35" tires, front and rear lockers, winch, body armor/rock sliders. Additional useful items: Spare parts as applicable to your vehicle (eg., u-joints, rear driveshaft), tire repair kit/spare tire. Long arm lifts will work far better than short arm. Longer wheelbase vehicles and rigs with hard tops are likely to have a tight fit in some places and those drivers MUST BE AWARE that some form of body damage is probable. All drivers/participants are expected to assist each other at obstacles with spotting and recovery (winching/tow straps/stacking rocks). Bring gloves, good footwear. Expect this to be a longish day, depending on the number of vehicles. Bring lunch as we will be out at least until mid-afternoon.

Run leader: Art Stine - Mad Hatters 4x4
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting 7:45am, Leave: 8:00am

Jackpot Canyon

Jackpot Canyon

CB Channel 8 — Limit: Unlimited Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run with at least 31" tires and a limited slip diff recommended. This is a fairly technical run with an experienced driver recommended. We will be running an old, non-maintained mining road that contains rocks, gravel, sand, steep climbs and descents, narrow roadways, shelf roads and some side hills. We will go up a rocky wash before climbing up the canyon. There are some great views of Panamint Valley and diverse terrain, finally arriving at an old mine. If there's time, we can visit another mine on the way back.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:00am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:15am; Leave: 8:30am

Pleasant Canyon

Pleasant Canyon

CB Channel 4 — Limit: 40 Vehicles

This is an all-wheel-base run, however, it is recommended that stock vehicles have 31" tires and a limited slip diff. We will explore an old mining operation and the trail has a spectacular view of Death Valley from the top. You can expect this to be an all-day run.

Run Leader: Terry Burton - High Desert Four Wheelers
Line up: 7:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 7:45am; Leave: 8:00am

Slate Range Crossing Historic

Slate Range Crossing Historic

CB Channel 7 — Limit: Unlimited

This is an all-wheel-base run with plenty of history thrown in.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 9:00am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:15am; Leave: 9:30am

Snow Canyon

Snow Canyon

CB Channel 2 — Limit: 20 Vehicles

This is an all-vehicle run with 31" tires and a bit of a lift or skid plates recommended. The roads tend to change at the whim of Mother Nature, but there's always a few rocky sections and loose dirt areas. We'll see several different historic mining eras and structures in addition to different natural and geological zones. The Golden Lady and the St. George mines have extensive workings to see and there will be some opportunities to hike and explore. The run is planned to finish with plenty of time to make the Outlook sunset or other night runs.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: 8:30 AM; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45 AM; Run Leaves at: 9:00 AM

Informal Sunday Runs

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Keystone/Goler Gulch

Keystone/Goler Gulch

CB Channel 8

This is a Gear Grinders casual fun run, not actually a PVD-sanctioned run. It may be combined with a longer run to the Barker Ranch. This is an all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Full size and very wide rigs not recommended further than the Keystone Mine. We will proceed to Ballarat and follow the historic Wingate Road to Goler Wash, then proceed up the canyon and turn off towards the Keystone Mine. This mining area traces its roots all the way back to the Lotus Mine of Carl Mengal. After exploring the Keystone, we'll cross over the crest to an older mine on the southern side of the mountain. If time allows, we could go in to the Barker Ranch.

Run Leader: Jim Kenney - Gear Grinders
Line up: 8:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 8:45am; Leave: 9:00am

Jail Canyon

Jail Canyon

CB Channel 6

This is a Gear Grinders casual fun run, not actually a PVD-sanctioned run. This is an all-wheel-base run with good tires and a limited slip recommended. Rocky trail going into the canyon and to the mining works and cabin.

Run Leader: Jack Brown - Gear Grinders
Line up: 9:30am; Drivers' Meeting: 9:45am; Leave: 10:00am

Slate Range Crossing Historic

Slate Range Crossing Historic

CB Channel TBA

This is an all-wheel-base run with plenty of history thrown in.

Run Leader: TBD
Line up: TBA; Drivers' Meeting: TBA; Leave: TBA

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