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Death Valley Adventure
Next Ride: February 16th - 17th 2019
Open Spots: 12
Cost: $220.00 (Member cost: $200.00) Login or Sign Up
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Death Valley dual sport adventure ride explores some of the most historic and remote gold rush sites in the Mojave desert and Death Valley National Park. You will have the opportunity to explore off-road on the historic trade route known as Jawbone Canyon to the spectacular rock formations of Red Rock Canyon. Beyond Red Rock Canyon your adventure will explore a remote dirt mining route in the El Paso Mountains to the historic Bickel Camp and Burro Schmidt Tunnel. You will also have the opportunity to explore on foot through a half mile long gold mine “dug entirely by hand” by the eccentric miner known as “Burro Schmidt”. Your adventure continues to explore off-road to the Trona Pinnacles which is one of the most unusual geological features in the Mojave Desert to the to the historic ghost town of Ballarat. Beyond Ballarat you will explore on and off-road through Death Valley National Park to Badwater Basin which is the lowest elevation point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. 

   

Jawbone Canyon and Red Rock Canyon;  Europeans first settled in the canyon around 1860—naming it Jawbone Canyon because its shape resembled a mandible (lower Jawbone) and the trail was used as a trade route from Keyesville into the Piute Mountains. During the Kern River gold rush, several gold mines operated in the canyon; the most successful of these, the St. John mine, yielded nearly $700,000 worth of gold between 1860 and 1875. The Gwynn mine, on the Geringer Grade, ran six claims yielding a total of $770,000 worth of gold and quartz before ceasing operations in 1942. Mining continued throughout the Great Depression and into the late 1940s.

 

Burro Schmidt Tunnel; High atop the El Paso Mountains, above Last Chance Canyon, exists today a monument to one man's determination and perseverance. William Henry Schmidt, better known as "Burro" Schmidt, spent 38 years digging a half-mile long tunnel “dug entirely by hand” through the El Paso Mountains of eastern California. Burro Schmidt, who was mining gold, was faced with a dangerous ridge between his mining area and the smelter at Mojave, California. Burro Schmidt said that he would "never haul his ore to the smelter in Mojave down that back trail" using his two burros. Thus, he began his tunnel in 1906. Burro Schmidt was trapped by falling rock and nearly died many times while digging his tunnel and injured often but continued on. In 1920 a road was completed from Last Chance Canyon to Mojave, eliminating the need for the tunnel, but Burro Schmidt claimed to be obsessed with completing his tunnel, and dug on.

 

Bickel Camp; The historic Bickel Camp is dedicated to the memory of Walt Bickel, and to sharing the enterprising spirit of a true "old-timer" prospector.  Bickel Camp is a historic 1930's era mining camp located in Last Chance Canyon of the El Paso Mountains, Mojave Desert, California. The El Paso Mountains are a picturesque, colorful, and mineralized mountain range at just over 5000 feet elevation. Early miners were attracted by gold-bearing ancient river channels that lie exposed in this desert mountain range. Walt Bickel prospected, and came to stay in the early 1930s, at what is now known as Bickel Camp. His mining camp is covered with unique tools and equipment testify to the inventiveness and capability of a man living with the land and nature.

 

Trona Pinnacles; The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unusual geological features in California’s Mojave Desert. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires (porous rock formed as a deposit when springs interact with other bodies of water), some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Lake (dry) basin. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa). These strange tufa shapes formed underwater 10,000 to 100,000 years ago in an ancient lake that covered this portion of the Searles Dry Lakebed. The Trona Pinnacles now sit isolated and slowly crumbling away near the south end of the Searles Valley.

 

Ballarat; Ballarat is a historic ghost town located in Panamint Valley in the Mojave Desert. It was founded in 1896 as a supply point for the mines in the canyons of the Panamint Range. In its heyday from 1897 to 1905 Ballarat had 400 to 500 residents. It hosted seven saloons, three hotels, a Wells Fargo station, post office (that opened in 1897) school, a jail and morgue, but no churches. Today, Ballarat has only one full-time resident known as Rocky who lives in this ghost town. Rocky runs the general store on afternoons and weekends to supply cold drinks to visitors passing through town. The town still has a few historic adobe buildings, foundations, jail house, morgue and mining equipment scatter about including Charles Manson's forgotten army surplus Power Wagon Truck.

 

Death Valley National Park; Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level. This point is 85 miles east-southeast of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Death Valley's Furnace Creek holds the record for the highest reported air temperature in the world at 134 degree on July 10, 1913. Death Valley is the largest national park in the lower 48 states and has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve. Approximately 95% of the park is a designated wilderness area. It’s also the hottest and driest of the national parks in the United States. In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks over 11,000 feet are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of wildlife species survives in Death Valley, including 51 species of native mammals, 307 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, three species of amphibians, and five species and one subspecies of native fishes. Small mammals are more numerous than large mammals, such as desert bighorn, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, and mule deer. Mule deer are present in the pinyon/juniper associations of the Grapevine, Cottonwood, and Panamint Mountains.

 

Death Valley Adventure! 

Ride Details:

This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium to large dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild to moderate" with some "challenging" and lots of adventure.

Ride distance  450+ miles (75+ miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (125 mile range required)
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner at restaurants (meal Not included)

 

Date: February 16th, 17th 2019 

Meet Time: 9:00 a.m.

Meeting Location: Starbucks Ridgecrest CA.

1245 N. China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest CA 93555

Ride returns to Ridgecrest CA (approx. 5pm)

 

Note: Saturday Night in Beatty Nevada

Riders are responsible to book their Hotel reservations.

Hotels recommended in Beatty NV: (Not included)

-Motel 6, in Beatty 550 US-95 Beatty NV 89003 

-StageCoach Inn 900 US-95 Beatty NV 89003  

-Exchange Club 119 West Main Street Beatty NV 89003

Additional Hotels available in Beatty NV all in close distance.

 

Riders have the 'option' to 'Camp" near Beatty Nevada, riders that choose to camp are recommended to make camping reservations in advance. (Camping fee's Not included) 

 

Note: Recommend to stay in Ridgecrest on Friday night 

Riders are responsible to book their Hotel reservations. 

Hotels recommended in Ridgecrest CA: (Not included)

-Best Western, 400 China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest CA. 93555

-Super 8, 426 China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest CA. 93555

-Motel 6, 535 S. China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest CA. 93555

Additional Hotels available in Ridgecrest CA all in walking distance.

 

More details listed under "Book this Ride"

Questions email: mark@SierraNevadaAdventures.com

Death Valley Adventure
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02/16/2019

Dates Selected: February 16th - 17th 2019

Cost: $220.00Open Spots: 12Ride Days: 2
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Starbucks 1245 N. China Lake Blvd. , Ridgecrest , CA 93555
Additional Info: One night Hotel (Not Included) Camping optional. Please have a full tank of gas and be ready to ride! Pack water & snacks / meals at restaurants (meals NOT included) Note: Check ride details within ride article for more details. Questions: mark@SierraNevadaAdventures.com
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Motorcycle Tours, Terms and Conditions:

Riders will be required to carry a valid U.S. or similar International drivers license with valid motorcycle license endorsement.
Riders must demonstrate solid riding ability.
Riders must be at least 21 years of age.
Helmets are required by law and must be worn by all riders.


Booking Requirements:
Tours: You will be responsible for your own motorcycle, food, gas, & lodging costs and any incidentals along the way.

Payments for the tour can be made in U.S. funds by VISA / MasterCard / AMEX / Discover. If completing the registration on-line, please remember to print and complete the waiver and bring it with you to the event. Tours require payment in full with registration.

Cancellation Policy:
Payment for the Tours is due at time of registration. There are no refunds 0-14 days before departure. If you do need to cancel, we would be happy to apply your payment to a future tour. There will be no refunds for unused services or accommodations once the tour has started. If you cancel a Tour 14 days or less prior to the tour date, there will be a $25 cancellation fee. There are no refunds if you cancel 72 hours or less prior to the tour, however tour fees can be applied to future tours. We rarely cancel or postpone a trip, but we reserve the right to do so when necessary: due to dangerous weather conditions or other reasons beyond our control. In the event of such an occurrence, we will refund your fees or apply them to another trip, but we are not responsible for any travel expenses incurred.

Travel Insurance:
Participants are responsible for their own medical insurance.

Storing unneeded luggage or gear:
If you are coming in the region with more gear than you can carry on your bike, or possibly are on an extended vacation, it's commonplace to locate a place to store this extra gear. If you are renting a motorcycle, typically the rental facility will be more than happy to store your luggage or spare gear. This is also commonplace with area hotels. Arrive a day early at your local lodging facility and request they store your extra gear. They'll be happy to comply.

Meals:
Meals are NOT included in the tour cost so please bring some extra money to be able to partake in the restaurant’s the group will frequent. What is commonplace on the rides is the participants all split the ticket, or simply get separate tickets.

Lodging:
Overnight Tours: Lodging is always pre-booked for you. However, you will be responsible for your lodging costs. Sierra Nevada Adventures Motorcycle Tours will reserve a block of rooms for our tour participants months in advance. Our lodging typically is in Best Western or Holiday Inn type motels that have a pool and jacuzzi, and typically are within walking distance to our dinner destination. Costs range $70-$150 per night depending on the region of California we are in.

Arriving early:
If you are arriving the day prior to the tour, refer to the tour description for a link to a local recommended lodging facility near the launch point for the tour. If you are traveling some distance to reach the launch point, arriving the night prior will ensure you're fresh and ready to ride Friday morning!

Gear:
When riding in California, we highly recommend that you dress in layers, to adjust to change of weather. In addition, Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours strongly recommends you wear motorcycle specific protective gear while riding a motorcycle. Temperatures during California summers are warm, although the variety of terrain covered in your tours will experience a wide range of temperature and weather conditions.

Tour Safety:
Helmets are required by law in California and Nevada. Tour participants are responsible for any traffic violations they might incur during the tour. Alcohol or drug use during the course of the tour is not permitted under any circumstance or while riding the motorcycle. Over-consumption of alcohol during our evening stop-overs is discouraged also, though we want everyone to have a good time!

California Weather:
The weather in California is often rather predictable during the summer months, namely six months straight of sunshine. Our tour dates are chosen to take advantage of our beautiful summer days, but despite our best efforts, we cannot control the weather, so please come prepared for the possibility of spring/ fall rain showers or summer heat as we will be covering a wide range of climates from high mountain elevations, to coastal areas. Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours reserves the right to make modifications to the tour at any time for any reason.

Bringing your own bike:
The majority of riders on Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours ride their own motorcycles. Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours is by no means a brand specific company. We welcome all makes of motorcycles and tour participants from all walks of life. We only ask if you bring your own motorcycle to ensure you have a new, or nearly new, set of tires and have your motorcycle in excellent running condition. Please ensure your motorcycle is ready to make a week long tour or more. Also consider obtaining some type of road side service for your motorcycle prior to arriving for your tour. You also might find it convenient to trailer your motorcycle to our starting point. If you need a place to store your vehicle and trailer, we can accommodate you provided you're arriving the day before the tour date.

Shipping your own bike:
Often, shipping your bike to your tour destination will about equal the price of a rental bike- however, you'll need to be in California at least 7-9 days to break even. If you plan on riding for a month, it will be cheaper to ship your bike across the domestic United States. Shippers may also require extended shipping times. For example, here for a month? Your shipper may require 2 weeks on the front side, and 2 weeks on the backside of your trip. Motorcycles normally ship uncrated with minimal fuel and are transported business to business. Our rental facilities will be more than happy to receive your motorcycle and have it ready when you arrive. If you would feel more comfortable aboard your own motorcycle, our helpful staff is happy to aid you with this option. We have also seen shippers deliver to dealers also to add to helping you providing a commercial setting to receive your bike.

Renting a motorcycle:
Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours does not rent motorcycles. However, we are more than happy to aid you in your rental process. BMW's and KTM’s dual sport adventure motorcycles are readily available in the San Francisco Bay Area. To ensure you get the bike you want, reserve at least 3 months in advance. Call the rental facility of your choice direct to have them familiarize you with the rental process and costs. Riders will typically pick up the bike the day before the tour date, and arrange to drop it off the following morning at open of business to return the motorcycle. Contact us for questions about rental options.

Non-U.S. Residents:
You must have your passport with you at all times when renting or touring with us if you are not a permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

Flight Arrangements:
Sierra Nevada Adventures Motorcycle Tours does not, and cannot, make flight arrangements, nor is the cost of your flight or travel cost to the starting point included in the tour price.
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Death Valley Adventure Ride
$220.00
Total: $220.00
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