Death Valley Chloride City.marker
Death Valley Chloride City.marker

Death Valley Chloride trail

GPS (Trail Start) N36 45.03’ W116 56.15’
Chloride City Elevation  3300-5200 ft
Season October-May
Terrain High desert (sand and rocky trail)
Difficulty Moderate/rocky climb
Required Vehicle  Stock SUV’s with high ground clearance and 4WD
Time 2 hours

Directions 3.4 miles NE from Hells Gate rest stop on Hwy 374 towards Beatty. A small trail marker (4×4, High Clearance marker) at pull- off marks start of trail. Ten miles NE of intersection with California 190.   Finishing point: Nevada 374 at the boundary of Death Valley National Park, 9.5 miles southwest of Beatty, NV.

Death Valley-Chloride City Trail Marker
Chloride City Trail Marker 

Trail Length and Description  This is a moderate out and back trail that covers approximately 17 miles.  It  starts at 3300 ft elevation with easy flat sandy terrain and then climbs mild rocky switchbacks to Chloride Cliffs at 5200 ft.  The view at the top looks over Death Valley National Park, the Amargosa range and the Panamint range and is one of the best in the park.

boreas campers

Death Valley Chloride City View SW
Chloride Cliffs  view SW

The History of Chloride City:  The City and mine was established in the 1871 by A.J Franklin when he discovered silver at Chloride Cliffs. Unfortunately poor profitability caused abandonment by 1883. The mine was re-opened in 1908 but again closed by 1918. Today you can see the remains of old cabins, the mine shafts and the grave of miner, James McKay.

Death Valley National Park-Remains at Chloride City Mine
Death Valley National Park-Remains at Chloride City Mine
Death Valley Chloride City Trail-Grave James McCay
James McCay’s Grave

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Death Valley Cloride City Trail NW
Cloride City Trail NW

Death Valley Cloride City Trail looking East
looking East

Death Valley-Chloride Cliffs road marker
Chloride Cliffs road marker

Death Valley Chloride City Mine shaft
Chloride City mine shaft

Death Valley-Chloride City Mine Enterance
Chloride City mine Entrance

Death Valley-Chloride City marker
Chloride City info marker

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New York born to SoCal via Puerto Rico and San Francisco, partner in crime and co-founder of The Adventure Portal, Lori has over 15 years experience in partaking of adventures in the American southwest, primitive camping, hiking and exploring in her Rubi. She welcomes new challenges and is always pushing the envelope of adventure in her Jeep.