DEATH VALLEY ENCOUNTER
A Multiday Ride in the Death Valley Historical Area
DECEMBER 28 through 31, 2016
Heidi and the Hurricanes to perform at the New Years Eve party and dance.
2017 AERC Ride Season 50/50/50/50 & 25/30/30/30 LD distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather.
This is a multi-day format of 4 separate 50’s and 4 LD’s. The daily rides are sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference for the 2017 Ride Season.
Trona Road and Hwy 178 Junction, east of Ridgecrest: Continue east on Hwy178 through the quaint (LOL) villages in the Searles Valley. Go 6.45 miles after crossing the railroad tracks in Trona and turn right on Valley Wells Road. Camp is on the right side of the road just before the Country Club Parking Lot.
From the San Bernardino area and Kramer Junction (Hwy 58 & 395): Take Hwy 395 north through the village of Red Mtn. Turn right on Trona Road as you leave Red Mountain. The Trona Road ends at Hwy 178. Turn right and follow the directions from the Trona Rd/Hwy 78 Junction.
From the San Fernando Valley area: Take Hwy 14 past Jawbone Station and turn right on the Redrock Randsburg Road. After travelling 12 miles take the left fork on the Garlock Road and go to the end. Turn left on Hwy 395 for approximately 3 miles and turn right on the Searles Station Road. Turn left on the Trona Road at the T. The Trona Road ends at Hwy 178. Turn right and follow the directions from the Trona Rd/Hwy 78 Junction.
From Northern California and all points along I5: Take Hwy 58 out of Bakersfield to Hwy 14. Go north on Hwy 14 and follow the directions from the San Fernando Valley area.
From Reno and points north along 395: Go south on 395 and turn east on Hwy 178 through Ridgecrest. Follow the directions from the Hwy 178/Trona Road Junction. There are some individuals who prefer to travel through Death Valley and the Panamint Valley but they are not recommended in any vehicle without sufficient power and good brakes as the grades are steep and unforgiving.
Do not camp with horses in the parking lot of the golf course. The correct location is to the right of the paved road. Don’t pull in there before noon on December 26th. If you are arriving in the area earlier than that you can find nice accommodations at the fairgrounds on the east side of Ridgecrest or at the Nicholson home in Inyokern. There are also numerous open areas in which you can camp in the desert. You are welcome to call us at 907 209 8881 when you get to town and we will help you with your needs. You will be required to keep your camp clean and we will be collecting a deposit to insure that you do. We have had to return to the camp for the past three years to take care of what has been missed by the clean up crews. Searles Valley Minerals is tired of dealing with our failure to remove all traces of the horses. The biggest problem has been people on the edges of the camp thinking that throwing manure and hay into the bushes constitutes clean up. It does not and we will be looking to prevent that this year.
Basic Ride Info: The trails will be similar to two years ago and will not include the extra loops of last year. We will include the nice single track trail down the spine of the Slate Range where you will be able to see the Manley escape route from a birds eye view. The ride will consist of desert type terrain that will range from really good footing, soft sand to rocks and hard packed. Elevation gain will be moderate. All four days will be loop rides out of the same camp, including the LD trail for the first day.
Destination information for health certificates: Health certificates are required for horses coming into California from other states. They are not required for horses coming from within the state. The requirements for health papers vary depending on conditions both in California and other states. Your local veterinarian will be able to counsel you on current requirements. The destination address is Trona Golf and Social Club, Valley Wells Road, Trona, CA 93562
Meals: Dinners are available each evening of the ride for an additional fee. The fee for the New Years’ dinner will be $20 and will be a steak barbecue with all the fixings. You will need to pay for your dinner ticket for the New Years dinner when you check in to ride. Lunches will be hot soup and hot chocolate on two of the days, bbq hot dogs on another day, and bbq beef sandwiches on another day. The lunches are included in the daily entry fee.
Ride Rules: AERC rules apply. The management, unlike the AERC Board of Directors, is able to differentiate between an endurance ride and an endurance race. If you are into endurance riding you will probably enjoy this ride. If you are a real competitor and are looking for a race you are likely to find the lack of structure here to be an abomination. This is an old time endurance ride like we used to have when you could print all the AERC rules on a single page. Back in the good old days we used to ride more and read less. Those were better times.
You can pay at the ride after determining how many days you end up riding. Entry fees are $110.00 per day. Entry fees in general are discussed on the home page.
Phone 907 209 8881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Photos by Steve Bradley Photography.