Escape from Death Valley

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We are at capacity on the Escape from Death Valley run. To be placed on the waiting list, please register for the Panamint Valley Days event and then send an email to russ.chung@earthlink.net to let him know that you are interested in being placed on the list.

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Take a trek back in time

By Russ Chung

In the fall of 1849, a group of pioneers left Salt Lake City for the gold fields of California. They knew that the Donner Party met disaster in the Sierra Nevada Mountains three years earlier, so instead of risking an early snowfall, they intended to detour to the south of the Sierras and find the Old Spanish Trail. On Christmas Eve of 1849 the travelers arrived in what is now known as Death Valley. They were running short of supplies and the towering Panamint Mountains blocked their way. They struggled to find a way through the mountains, set up camp in the valley and dispatched two young men on foot to get supplies. After three weeks, the men returned with supplies and led the pioneers to safety.

In November 2020, Cal4Wheel will follow in the wagon tracks and footsteps of these hardy 49ers in the 2020 Escape from Death Valley Run. This three-day, two-night overlanding style run will depart from Panamint Valley Days Headquarters, explore Death Valley, and end in Trona, CA.

Days 1 and 2 are limited to 12 vehicles due to Death Valley National Park permit restrictions and require pre-registration. Day 3 will depart from Panamint Valley Days Headquarters and is open to any PVD participant.

RUN SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday, November 11
    The group will meet at Panamint Valley Days Headquarters. After a drivers’ meeting, we will travel via highway to the Keane Wonder Mine in Death Valley and explore the beauty of Titus Canyon. We will set up camp at Furnace Creek Campground.
  • Thursday, November 12
    We follow the route of the Arcane-Bennett party of 49ers along the west side of Death Valley, to Warm Spring Canyon, Butte Canyon, and enter the Panamint Valley through Goler Wash. We will camp at Panamint Valley Days Headquarters.
  • Friday, November 13
    We will return to the south end of Panamint Valley and follow the Fish Canyon Escape Trail to Trona, where we will end the 2020 Escape from Death Valley Run.
Day 1 Titus Canyon

Day 1 - Titus Canyon

Day 2 - Butte Valley

Day 2 - Butte Valley

Day 3 - Fish Canyon Trail Marker

Day 3 - Fish Canyon Trail Marker

Day 3 - View of Panamint Valley

Day 3 - Panamint Valley

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