14-Jul-2001 -- After leaving home in Lancaster, CA at 11:15am, I headed north to State Hwy 395. At about 2:30pm, I left the paved road for a RUGGED 60 mile drive north through the Saline Valley to a point approx. 3 miles to the east of the confluence. The route I took went from a 6000ft ridge down into the Saline valley (part of Death Valley Nat'l monument) at an altitude of 1100 feet. Then ascending back to 6000 feet near the confluence. It was extremely hot in the bottom of the valley (well above 105f by my estimation) but only warm at the higher elevations. I arrived at the road's closest approach to the confluence at about 7:20pm, by which time it was way too late to start a 3 mile hike alone. I continued north out of the valley and back to Hwy 395 for the trip back to Lancaster. I arrived home at almost 1:00am after 402 miles travelled.
Picture #1 shows the approximate area of the confluence and is taken from the road's closest approach. Picture #2 shows me entering Death Valley, and Picture #3 is looking down into Panamint Valley (the Valley south of Saline valley).
Picture 4 shows my navigational setup: GPS hooked to a laptop running DeLorme's Topo USA software.