Hiking in the Saline Valley Area
Like many long-time Saline visitors, my wife and I like to go on dayhikes from the springs, despite my creaking knees and increasingly creeping decrepitude. Until now we’ve always asked other folks in the tubs where they’d recently hiked and shared our latest information with them (always a pleasant part of the SV experience). While most Death Valley guidebooks concentrate on the Furnace-Creek/Stovepipe Wells corridor and the east side of the park, I recently came across an excellent book that many members here might enjoy and which deals with the west side including the Saline area. Here’s the info:
Hiking Western Death Valley National Park: Panamint, Saline, and Eureka Valleys
2009, Quality Books Inc.
Paperback, 554 pages
Chapters Six and Seven (136 pages of the book) will be of most interest to Saline Valley campers, with hike descriptions of the following:
Steel Pass Road
Saline Valley’s Talc Mines
The Saline Valley Sand Dunes
Little Hunter Canyon
The Big Silver Mine
Bunker Hill Canyon
The Blue Monster Mine
The Bighorn Mine
The Salt Tramway
The Swansea-Cerro Gordo Road
I haven’t been able to find this book on Amazon. I got my copy when I was visiting the museum in Independence last week (May 20), but I imagine it may be for sale at the ranger stations in the park too, or maybe your local bookstore can order it for you. (A quaint notion that presumes your town’s local bookstore has somehow survived.)
Order carefully. Note that the author has another book with a similar title:
Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past
This second (older) book you can order through Amazon (link below), but it doesn’t cover the Saline area.
Full disclosure: I have absolutely no link to the author, publishing company, etc. I paid full-pop retail like the average schmuck. While I hope this forum and especially Saline itself avoid any sort of commercialism, I just think this might be a book that other Saline visitors will enjoy. (And I will admit I think supporting the Independence museum or your mythical local bookstore is a nice idea too.)
Finally, a public shout-out to Major Tom for putting this forum up. I said hello in person when my wife and I (and you) were in Saline just before Easter. Thanks again.
Best regards to all. Hope the above information is helpful.