Death Valley-Chloride City marker
Chloride City marker

Death Valley Chloride trail

GPS (Trail Start)N36 45.03’ W116 56.15’
Elevation 3300-5200 ft
SeasonOctober-May
TerrainHigh desert (sand and rocky trail)
DifficultyModerate/rocky climb
Required Vehicle Stock SUV’s with high ground clearance and 4WD
Time2 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 aproximately 17 miles.  It  starts at 3300ft elevation with easy flat sandy terrain and then climbs mild rocky switchbacks to Chloride Cliffs at 5200ft.  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.

Death Valley Chloride City View SW
Chloride Cliffs  view SW

The History of Chloride City: Chloride 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
Cloride City Trail 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 mineEntrance

Death Valley-Chloride City marker
Chloride City info marker