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TRONA PINNACLES NATIONAL LANDMARK
SEARLES LAKE BED
BETWEEN RIDGECREST AND TRONA
LATITUDE: N 35°37.075
LONGITUDE: W 117°22.314
ELEVATION: 1800'
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Trona Pinnacles
Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles National Landmark
is magical. It's like being on a different
planet or in a horrible future.

Trona Pinnacles
Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles
Trona Pinnacles

Primitive camping is permitted.
Trona Pinnacles are unknown to
most people, we have camped
here several occasions and had
the place to ourselves. You can
camp almost anywhere around
the rock formations. There is an
outhouse. No garbage service.

Trona Pinnacles
Trona Pinnacles

There are three groups of formations with over
500 pinnacles up to 40' wide and 140' tall.
Searles Lake Bed contains 1/2 of the World's
known elements. Halite and Pink Halite are
some minerals you can find. Trona Railway is
the shortest regulated railroad in the USA.

Trona Pinnacles
Trona Pinnacles

Several movies and shows have
been filmed here, including
Planet of The Apes, ect.

Lake near Trona Pinnacles
Lake near Trona Pinnacles
N 35°xx
W 117°xx

Birds
Birds in the water

Ultralight Plane
This is what we need...

DIRECTIONS:
From Hwy.178.
Between Ridgecrest and Trona
There are signs marking the turn
(several times we drove past it
and had to turn around). RM 134.

NOTE: It is a seven mile drive down
rough dirt roads. The road can be
impassable during bad weather. One
time after the rain, the gravel and sand
had built up in the road, we were at
serious risk to get stuck, just had to
stomp down on the gas and go for it.
And there was one time we actually
turned back.

After you turn on the dirt road
towards Trona Pinnacles, about
half a mile the road splits, stay to
the right.

Abondoned houses in Trona
Abandoned houses in Trona, CA

TRONA, CALIFORNIA
Funny little town, lots of junk yards
and abandoned houses. There is a
uniqueness about the place... but there's
a feeling of being in a toxic waste dump.
There is a reasonably priced gas station...

Rocks painted like fish heads
Rocks painted like fish heads.
Can't remember the exact location.

Showers at Death Valley National Park
Furnace Creek Visitor Center

Showers and drinking water at
Paradise Cove Campground on
Hwy 178, about 4 miles east of
Lake Isabella
Showers cost $.50 / 4 minutes

WAGON WHEEEL STAGING AREA
Wagon Wheel Rock Formations

WAGON WHEEL
(Off Highway Vehicle Staging Area)
South from Trona Pinnacles. Camp anywhere
around and throughout the boulders that are
strewn about the ground.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Photos and information about Death Valley.
Includes free Campground Directory.

Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

ARCHES OF ALABAMA HILLS
There are hundreds of natural arches and
windows throughout the Alabama Hills.
Located west from Lone Pine, CA

Also see: ALABAMA HILLS
Also see: BONELLI LANDING
Also see: BRECKENRIDGE
Also see:
BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
Also see:
BUTTERMILK COUNTRY
Also see:
CHIMNEY PEAK
Also see:
COTTONWOOD CANYON
Also see:
CRAGGY WASH
Also see:
CROWLEY LAKE
Also see:
DEADMAN CAMPGROUND
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / SALINE
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / WILDROSE
Also see:
GOVERNMENT WASH
Also see:
GREG'S HIDEOUT
Also see:
JAWBONE ROAD
Also see:
JOSHUA TREE
Also see:
KEYESVILLE ROAD
Also see:
LAKE HAVASU
Also see:
LAKE ISABELLA
Also see:
LLOYD CREEK
Also see:
MOJAVE DESERT
Also see:
NEEDLE MOUNTAINS
Also see:
NORTH FORK KERN RIVER
Also see:
SHERMAN PASS ROAD
Also see:
WAGON WHEEL
Also see:
WALKER PASS

Cookie the Dog
Cookie...

LINKS:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/caso/trona_caso.html

Old house in Keeler California
Old house in Keeler, CA

KEELER, CALIFORNIA
Photos from Keeler, CA
Located on Hwy.136
13 miles east from Lone Pine, CA
What a bizarre town... a complete subculture.
Included under the listing for Ghost Towns,
but people still live here.

Underground House in Darwin
Underground House in Darwin, CA

DARWIN, CALIFORNIA
Darwin is located a couple miles south of
Hwy.190 (Just west of Death Valley
National Park). It could be listed as a Ghost
Town, but people live here. There are sections
of interesting old company houses...

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TRONA PINNACLES NATIONAL LANDMARK