A scenic, high elevation trail. Many mines and structures along the way, especially at Clair Camp. Briggs Cabin is, by far, the most elaborate and best stocked of all the Adopt-a-Cabins. Briggs and Stone cabin are maintained by volunteers (Friends of Briggs). The cabins are on private land owned by C.R. Briggs Corporation which graciously allows you to use the cabins for free. Street-legal vehicles only inside Death Valley N. P. For information on this route and possible closures, contact the BLM in Barstow at (760) 252-6000. For park portion, contact Death Valley National Park at (760) 786-3200 or go to ww.nps.gov/deva.
Difficult. Most of this trail is easy to moderate; however, the steepest, narrowest sections of both Pleasant Canyon and South Park Canyon are susceptible to water damage and rock movement, sometimes creating difficult conditions. When we drove the trail, stock SUVs would have had difficulty negotiating these stretches. South Park Canyon is quite steep and is always difficult going up from west to east. A narrow wooden bridge above Briggs Cabin has a weight limit of 3 tons. Large vehicles loaded with gear can easily exceed this weight limit. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS THIS BRIDGE IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT YOUR LOADED VEHICLE WEIGHS MORE THAN 6,000 LBS. Some tight brush in places.
In February, we found snow on the road to Rogers Pass and elected to take the lower bypass route. This trail may close unexpectedly from rock slides and poor trail conditions. Repairs are usually made in due time. Best to call ahead and check. Very hot in the summer. Carry plenty of water and clothing for sun protection.
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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.
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.
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 washed away.
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.