Using an alternative route to Death Valley, we enter a deep but short section of soft sand in the Ibex Dunes, then continue to the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, with a depth of 282 feet below sea level (the 8th lowest elevation on earth).
Equally amazing, just 85 miles North West of Badwater lies Mount Whitney. At 14,496 feet its the highest elevation in the Continental US.
After fueling up in Beatty, NV, we are on our way to Titus Canyon, one of the most spectacular rides on this route. Following a one-way road into the canyon we hug the side of a steep mountain to reach incredible views at the top. The rich mineral content of the earth exposes a plethora of rusty hues, and the valley below is colored in splendid shades of green. As a grand finale, the canyon narrows to no more than 20 feet wide, with vertical walls over a thousand feet high towering above us.
The route goes through one of the more bizarre places in Death Valley, the Race Track, Playa, an ancient dry lake bed with mysterious moving rocks that puzzled scientists for years, until the mystery was solved in 2015.
For expert riders, the rocky ride through Lippincott Pass offers incredible views of Saline Valley, and an equally challenging descent.