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Pleasant Canyon/South Park 4x4 Loop

Challenging route to Briggs Mine Adopt-a-Cabin

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 23 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  A scenic, high elevation trail. Many mines and structures along the way, especially at Clair Camp. Briggs Cabin is, by far, the most... more »

Tips:  In February, we found snow on the road to Rogers Pass and elected to take the lower bypass route. This trail may close unexpectedly... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start Here

Start at the intersection of Ballarat Road and Wingate Road just southeast of the ghost town of Ballarat. Head northeast.

2. Jackpot Canyon to Left

Main trails goes right here up Pleasant Canyon. Left goes to shorter Jackpot Canyon.

3. Clair Camp

Pass through gate at Clair Camp. Much to see here so take some time and look around.

4. World Beater Mine

Road to right goes to World Beater Mine.

5. Bathtub

Water is piped into an old bathtub near the point where you enter Death Valley National Park. Roads go left to mines, so stay right. Trail is much easier.

6. Decision Point

Left here goes over 7,140-ft. Rogers Pass. We drove this trail at a time when snow blocked the higher route, so we took a lower and shorter route to the right. Stay right of an old cabin and climb over a saddle at 6,800 ft.

7. Middle Park

You'll pass through an area called Middle Park. We took a deadend side trip here to the right then came back to this point and continued south. Follow the tracklog carefully as roads branch here. The road from Rogers Pass also reconnects just ahead.

8. South Park

After going by some sheds at a mine, stay right as more roads converge. Head west from this point to go down South Park. This way has a difficult stretch that is sometimes washed out.

9. Leave National Park

You pass through and overgrown area called Colter Spring as you leave Death Valley National Park.

10. Narrow Section

You'll cross a very narrow and rocky shelf road followed by a wooden Bridge. Load limit on the bridge is posted at 6,000 lbs. Don't cross if your vehicle is heavier than this. Rollovers have occurred in this area so use great caution. Turn around if you don't think it is safe to proceed. Fallen rocks my block the trail or it may be partially... More

11. Briggs Cabin

Amazing Briggs Cabin. This is an Adopt-a-cabin and open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Stop and take a look or stay if not occupied.

12. Difficult Shortcut

West of Briggs Cabin the road twists and turns dramatically down a narrow canyon. Conditions vary considerably. It may be very difficult under worse-case conditions. At Point #12, stay right on main trail. A steeper, difficult shortcut is left.

13. Wingate Road

Reconnect with Wingate Road. Right takes you back to Ghost Town of Ballarat. Left goes to Goler Wash, also available as eGuide from FunTreks.