Harry Wade Exit Route

Shoshone, California 92384

Harry Wade Exit Route

Harry Wade Exit Route Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Harry Wade Exit Route leaves the southern end of Death Valley, traveling through the sandy valley floor to intersect with California 127. The trail leaves from Ashford Junction, turning off the paved road to run south along the wide valley. The valley is framed by the Owlshead Mountains to the west and the Black Mountains to the east. The road is suitable for high-clearance vehicles for its entire length. Soft sandy sections, particularly around the Amargosa River Wash, make it unsuitable for passenger vehicles. The road is often very washboardy. It is likely to be impassable after rain, when deep powder-fine sand traps turn to a sticky morass. Special Attractions: Easy graded trail through the southern end of Death Valley; Trail follows the approximate route used by Harry Wade and party to escape Death Valley in 1849. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

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Easy mostly flat and graded. Open terrain in all directions. Large wash crossing - careful in winter. Don't miss the Saratoga Springs at the southern end.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
1.5 hours
Year-round; best September to June
10 feet
Trailhead Elevation
500 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Shore Line Butte, Epaulet Peak, Confidence Hills East, East of Owl Lake, Old Ibex Pass, Saddle Peak Hills, Owlshead Mts.
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