Rover Location Database

Grid Square DM16

This page - Cerro Gordo Peak - Salt Tram Summit - Dante's View

Potential VHF rover sites in California's grid DM16. Be careful.
DM16 dimensions are 111.2 by 69.2 miles.
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Cerro Gordo Peak, DM16cn31

Latitude, Longitude
36.549601, -117.802739
Map Location Near city of Lone Pine, Inyo County, CA, Altitude 9200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-02-06
Comments by: Petr AG6EE

There are more places on the ridge above Saline Valley to operate from, but they require 4WD with low + differential lock, while these two spots in DM16cn and DM16bo are relatively accessible.

Salt Tram site is cool, but it's not for beginners. But if you try to get there from Swansea, it is insanity.

There is a house structure where you can get shelter in a pinch.

Salt Tram Summit, DM16bo75

Latitude, Longitude
36.607886, -117.853589
Map Location Near city of Lone Pine, Inyo County, CA, Altitude 8720
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-02-06
Comments by: Petr and John AG6EE and NA6L

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The Salt Tram Summit Station is at the highest point of the old salt transportation tram running from Saline Valley to Swansea. The historical wooden structure still stands along with the historical Summit House structure.

This is a well-documented but difficult-to-reach destination; search for current information, such as here and blm.gov.

Driving directions:
From Lone Pine California take Highway 136 East Toward Keeler.
Turn Left onto Cerro Gordo Road. Note road is primitive and unmaintained.
The Salt Tram is approximately 14 miles ahead.

Restrictions: Portions of the road north of Swansea are subject to washouts and even when in good condition requires high clearance four-wheel-drive. The route is very remote and for experienced off-road drivers only. Inquire with the Forest Service and/or locally before attempting this climb. It may be better to approach from the Cerro Gordo Mine.

Dante's View, DM16pf22

Latitude, Longitude
36.220555, -116.726467
Map Location Near city of (city), Inyo County, CA, Altitude 5450
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-02-05
Comments by: John NA6L

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John writes: Dantes View parking lot is an easy-to-reach overlook in Death Valley National Park in rare grid square DM16.

This site was as easy as DM15 was difficult. We "boondock" camped down the road From Dantes Vew overlook and headed up the mountain well before sunrise. When we arrived for setup there were very few cars in the parking lot so we staged the van right in the SE corner of the lot as close as possible to a very good drop off, a truly wonderful VHF location.

We were operating before the sun came up and had steady Meteor Scatter activity. As the parking lot filled we had more and more curious spectators. When I went out to rotate the antenna I usually fielded several interested parties questions --- a quick "we are bouncing radio signals off of meteor tails" would quickly get me back in the van and operating again.

There is zero electrical noise at the site and luckily we had no wind at all. Several rangers drove by and did not say a thing – we are self-contained using 360 amp-hour AGM batteries to feed the inverter, and the mast and antenna mount on the van.

We activated using 6m FT8/MSK144 as a rare grid for FFMA chasers with great results.

The location is great for a bored family/spouse in central Death Valley with fantastic views and plenty of hiking, etc. A public bathroom is a quarte-mile down the road.

73 John NA6L

Driving directions: Nice paved road all the way up from Death Valley Junction.

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