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    Lippincott Road

    Death Valley National Park, California
    Distance6.9mi
    Elevation Gain3,444ft
    Trailhead Elevation3,802ft
    Top3,855ft
    Elevation Min/Max1931/3855ft
    Elevation Start/End3802/3802ft

    Lippincott Road

    Lippincott Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Inyo County, California. It is within Death Valley National Park. It is 6.9 miles long and begins at 3,802 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,444 feet. This trail connects with the following: Saline Valley Road and Saline Valley Road.
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    North Cambridge, MA
    Adventurer | 200 pts
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    3/31/2008
    This is a rough (rocks up to 6-8 inches) & VERY narrow shelf road. Many tight turns & grades up to 8%. This is not a ride if you are afraid of heights; it was not possible to exit the full size pickup I was driving. Watch out for small areas of erosion & washes. Beautiful panoramas & views of different mountains. Experienced; 4-wheel drive with high clearance - may need snow chains. Take it slow.
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    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
    "Lippincott Mine Road is not sign-posted at either end, and it does not appear on the free map handed out by the rangers when you enter the park. However, the road does exist and it is well traveled by those in the know. The trail connects dusty Saline Valley Road with Racetrack Road, both roughly graded dirt roads suitable for high-clearance vehicles. Lippincott Mine Road, however, requires a 4WD vehicle because of the loose and lumpy nature of the trail and the narrowness of the shelf road. In addition, the trail receives little maintenance and is quite eroded. Even a scant inch of rain can cause the loose trail to wash out to the point of impassability. The intersection at the start of the trail is marked by a cairn and a sign warning about the rough road ahead. The trail begins by heading east from Saline Valley Road and gradually climbing the bajada to the canyon. It winds into an unnamed, tight canyon and starts to climb, gaining nearly 2,000 feet in the next 5 miles. Special Attractions: Rugged, moderately challenging 4WD trail within Death Valley National Park; Remains of the Lippincott Mine; Trail provides a link between Racetrack Road and Saline Valley Road for high-clearance 4WD vehicles. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface." Read more

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