Swansea - Cerro Gordo Road

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The trail climbs up and over the hills overlooking Death Valley. The trail starts in the desert and heads up the hills into the forest, eventually getting above the treeline. Across the valley is Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48. As you follow the ridgeline, you pass what was the old salt tram that took salt from Death Valley down to what was a lake on the west side. Please note: This trail has extremely steep sections. The grade was so steep it was unsafe to get out of the vehicle or even try to take photos of the group. Proceed with caution and never attempt this trail on wet or snowy days.