Chloride City Trail

Furnace Creek, California 92328

Chloride City Trail

Chloride City Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The undulating trail to Chloride City sees little vehicle traffic. Located on the eastern edge of Death Valley National Park, the well-formed trail travels between California and Nevada, passing through the northern end of the Funeral Mountains (part of the Amargosa Range). The trail is rough in places, enough so that high-clearance 4WD is advised. There are few side trails, but one worthwhile spur travels a short distance down a narrow canyon to a deep pour-off in the wash. A hiking trail follows an old pack trail farther down the canyon. It heads past Monarch Spring on its way to Death Valley. Special Attractions: Unparalleled view from Chloride Cliff overlooking Death Valley and the Amargosa and Panamint Ranges; Historic site of Chloride City; Quiet trail through Death Valley National Park and the Amargosa Desert. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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California Desert Byways (Wilderness Press)
Tony Huegel
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"From the crest of the Funeral Mountains, about 1,800 feet above the starting point, you will have a spectacular view of Death Valley, the Panamint Range and even the Sierra Nevada while visiting the site of Chloride City and Chloride Cliffs. Chloride City was the site of Death Valley’s first mining claim (1871). Only a few foundations, shacks, the grave of a fellow known only as James McKay, rusted auto bodies and other debris remain. It is illegal to collect or remove anything."

Chloride City Trail Trip Reports

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Very good trail. Easyily accessible just down the road from Titus Canyon. A perfect alternative though not nearly as dramatic. Lots of side roads so gps or very good map is needed. At the end of the major spur one can see the valley floor at maybe 4000 ft elevation. Many rusted buildings, mine shafts, and cars. Stock suv should be able to handle the entire trip.

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Trail Information

Furnace Creek
Nearby City
Trail Type
1.5 hours
Year-round; best October to May
3,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,200 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Daylight Pass, Chloride City, East of Chloride City, Gold Center, Beatty
Local Maps

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