See park map. A high-clearance vehicle is needed to traverse the 27 miles of rough dirt road, but ask at a ranger station for current road conditions. The road to the racetrack can be a very long stretch of bad washboard! Quality tires in good condition are recommended.
Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past by
Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past
Nice camping along this road near all the joshua trees, maybe halfway to racetrack. We had a great time especially if you set up late in the day. You will miss all the day traffic in cars and have the place to yourself, at least we did in late Nov. 2009
The Race Track is one of the oddest places in the world. Walk out on the playa to the Grand Stand to the east, hike the 3 mile trail to the top of Ubehebe Peak to the west, and dry camp at Homestake at end of the road to the south.
The Lippincott Rd, which leads down from Homestake to Saline Valley to the west, is not recommended for the unpracticed four-wheeler or faint of heart.
The Racetrack is beautiful. I had seen it in photographs and though the photographs are usually retouched and beautiful, nothing could do this eerie and majestic playa justice other than seeing it in person. It seemed that almost everywhere we went in the park we arrived and/or ended up there alone. The Racetrack was no exception.
To sit alone, in silence, on the playa by a rock that has been sliding for who knows how long has got to be one of the most intense feelings. It is instant serenity. (Uhm...especially after just having come up Lippincott pass).
I hope you all have the chance to experience this beauty.