Lippencott Road Drive

Death Valley, California 92328

Lippencott Road Drive

Lippencott Road Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Long ago an access road to the old Lippencott lead mine, at the south end of Racetrack Valley, this is today a narrow and eroded single-lane shelf road (with occasional pullouts for passing) that winds along the wall of a narrow, steep and rocky canyon. It links two dramatic valleys: Racetrack, known for the high playa where “moving rocks” can be found, and Saline, a pale basin some 2,500 feet below, at the foot of the lofty Inyo Mountains. This used to be a famously rugged 4WD road, far rougher than it is these days. Still, its personality swings from cantankerous to kind depending on the whims of weather, flooding and erosion. Finding out what mood Lippencott Road is in remains part of the adventure, as are the fabulous basinandrange views. It’s a good way to connect tours through Hidden Valley, Racetrack Valley, Saline Valley, Steel Pass and Eureka Valley (Big Pine to Death Valley)."

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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
Trail Type
1 hour
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park, CRRA
Local Maps

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