View back down to Death Valley from Beatty Rd/Daylight Pass Rd while cycling up Daylight Pass
Ride 12.8 miles gaining 4,131’ to elevation 4,314’ at 6.1% average grade.
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The climb begins in the heart of Death Valley National Park and ends just west of the California/Nevada state line. This is the easier approach to Daylight Pass and shares its last 6 miles with the Daylight Pass Road climb (Daylight Pass Road to Junction: 6.6 miles at 6.1% gaining 2,109’; Beatty Road to Junction: 9.8 miles at 4.6% gaining 2,391’). From the junction to the Pass is 6 miles at 6.3% gaining 1,950’
The first several miles of this climb are on a long, straight road that can be demoralizing in the heat. Views along this route while not as spectacular as Dantes View or Artist Drive are very good and this is a climb well worth your time if you are travelling to Death Valley for a cycling trip. There is no water along this route and bringing enough (too much) water is highly recommended.
Start climb at the intersection Beatty Road and Hwy 190
Mile 9.8 is the merge of Daylight Pass and Beatty Cutoff Roads (Hell's Gate - view on banner photo, above) where there is a picnic table and shade.
Junction of Daylight Pass Road (left) and Beatty Road (right).
Daylight Pass is 6 miles through the canyon above the junction.
Stacy taunting Death Valley at Hell’s Gate 😈
Beatty-Daylight Pass Junction.
The only shade in 13 miles - junction Beatty-Daylight Pass Roads.
Just past junction of Beatty and Daylight Pass Roads.
Stark desert scenes and formations along the climb.
Mile 8 - Corkscrew Peak upper right third of photo.
Mile markers from the start of the climb to the pass.
Bring lights if you start mid afternoon or later -
There can be a brutal headwind climbing Daylight Pass.
PJAMM finishing up #6 of our 10 DV climbs in 2014.
A nice hike off this route (junction at mile 5.6) is the Keane Wonder Mine
AllTrails.com: “Keane Wonder Mine Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.”
That’s a wrap!!
Finish is at the California-Nevada border
DEATH VALLEY WEATHER
National Park Service Death Valley Weather Chart
Dangerously hot during the day from June through September with average monthly highs during that time ranging from 106 to 116.5. Cycling is not recommended during the summer and certainly never without good SAG support. The heat can be stifling (if not truly dangerous) and supplies are few and far between.
The hottest temperature ever recorded on earth was in Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913 (134℉/56.7℃) and, while that record has been challenged, the “alternate” record is also held by Death Valley (2013 in a tie with Mitribah, Kuwait in 2016 at 129.2℉/54.0℃).
Traffic and Roadway report: As of October, 2019, the roadway surface was good condition throughout this ride but the shoulder is fairly narrow. There is minimal (similar to Daylight Pass the 2 times we have climbed this route) but the occasional vehicles can move whiz by at 60-65 mph.