Death Valley Photography Trip December 10-13th, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 202008:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)08:00 Hrs GMT -8:00
Sunday, December 13, 202003:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)15:00 Hrs GMT -8:00
- OVERLAND BOUND REGION
- EVENT TYPE
- Dirt Road
- Off Road Tires
- HAM 146.460
Rally Point Notes:
This trip will be run by Ron, @KLTH19, and will continue to be fleshed out as the trip approaches. Ron has been to all of these locations a few times at least, and may add more new ones depending on what his research turns up. The complication with photography in Death Valley is that locations are at their best at sunrise or sunset, and you can't do two locations for a given sunrise or sunset so that typically leaves you with two locations total per day. Dispersed camping locations TBD but may included near Racetrack Playa, Echo Canyon Road and Cottonwood Road
In terms of the number of rigs the trip is limited to 8 rigs as beyond that a trip like this becomes tough to manage. Duration will depend on the number of locations. The general plan is to enter the park via surface roads, though others would have the option to depart via Mengel Pass for example - that would be the discretion of the group members up and not part of the trip per se.
HIKING - a word on this for anyone who is wondering. Most locations are on flat ground and you get to decide how far you want to hike to get a location. Exceptions are Mesquite Dunes, where I usually find you need to hike a mile or so out into the dunes to get the best locations - and that's a lot of up and down over and through sand dunes - and Marble Canyon where the middle narrows is about 1.5 miles beyond where we'll park (again, mostly flat ground).
NOTE - I'm in the midst of planning the trip right now, so please feel free to let me know if there are specific locations you would like to visit and I'll see if they can be added to the itinerary. Death Valley is a big national park, and locations tend to be quite far apart, which makes planning critical.
- Start Point: Death Valley, CA, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.53226, -116.93254 Notes:
- WayPoint 1: Badwater Basin, Death Valley, CA, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.23015, -116.76739 Notes: Badwater Basin is a sunrise location. Walk about a mile or so onto the salt flats from the parking lot to get to the hexagonal salt structures.
- WayPoint 2: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, DEATH VALLEY, CA, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.61512, -117.11314 Notes: These dunes work for photography at either sunrise or sunset. Sunrise is usually better as there are fewer people, and footprints will often have been cleared by the wind overnight. Gaiters are a good idea, and a head torch is a very good idea. if you can avoid changing lenses that\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s also a good idea as the sand can wreak havoc with camera internals.
- WayPoint 3: Zabriskie Point, California 190, California, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.42007, -116.81223 Notes: Again a sunrise location. Can get quite busy - don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t forget to look around for shots other than Manly Beacon - especially during the pre-dawn light.
- WayPoint 4: Racetrack Playa, California, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.6813, -117.5627 Notes: Works at any time of day, but you will be better able to pick out the rock tracks on the playa when the sun is low. We\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll plan to be here for a sunset and sunrise - camping nearby at Homestead overnight.
- WayPoint 5: Inyo Mine, Death Valley, CA, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.49356, -116.7033 Notes: Interesting abandoned mine site. Dispersed camping opportunities along Echo Pass on the way to the mine site.
- WayPoint 6: Marble Canyon, Death Valley, California, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.64494, -117.27646 Notes: My favorite slot canyon in Death Valley, and quieter than others such as Sidewinder Canyon because it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s tougher to get to. Cottonwood Canyon Road is a mixture of dirt and sand - the road can be rough to the trailhead for Marble Canyon, but no specific need for high clearance.
- WayPoint 7: Dante\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s View, California, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.22107, -116.72559 Notes: Likely a sunset location for us on this trip, to make it work with the schedule.
- WayPoint 8: Hunter Mountain, Death Valley, California, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.54133, -117.51007 Notes: Waypoint on the way to Racetrack Playa via Hunter Mountain Road.
- WayPoint 9: Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley, CA, USA GPS Coordinates: 37.01075, -117.45474 Notes: We can stop here on the way back into the valley from Racetrack Playa. The parking lot provides a convenient spot to air up after leaving Racetrack Road.
- WayPoint 10: Panamint Dunes, California, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.46175, -117.45576 Notes: OPTIONAL Dunes and mountains with foreground interest (exposed rocks etc.). I may add this to the plan depending on what my research turns up. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m undecided on this one as its a 3 mile hike to the dunes from the trail, over rough ground.
- WayPoint 11: Rhyolite Ghost Town, Beatty, NV, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.90116, -116.82891 Notes: Optional side trip if we happen to be in the area - though this one is outside the park near Beatty, NV.
- WayPoint 12: Chloride City, CA, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.70234, -116.88219 Notes: A possibility if we\\\\\\\'re in the area. Requires 4-Low and clearance though for some of the rock steps.
- End Point: Golden Canyon Trailhead, Badwater Road, Furnace Creek, CA, USA GPS Coordinates: 36.4207, -116.84677 Notes: Another opportunity to get to Red Cathedral, the Badlands and Manly Beacon.
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