Funeral Range Trail

4.3/5 (4 reviews)
Furnace Creek, California (Inyo County)
Last Updated: 03/15/2019

Trail Information


The Funeral Range Trail joins a long list of Death Valley areas with morbid names: Coffin Peak, Hell's Gate, Starvation Canyon and Dead Man Pass. The trail runs through the Funeral Mountains along Upper Echo Canyon and offers one of the few difficult trail runs within the national park. Tight canyon walls and rock ledges up to 3' in height will test a vehicle's articulation and a driver's skill level. In addition, the trail lies along the eastern edge of the park and starts and stops in two different states: California and Nevada.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (5)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/25/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Cool trail, starts out in Nevada as a dirt road but gets gradually harder. Several spots are very challenging but we did this with a stock Wrangler Willys 4xe with a minor scrape on the passenger rock rail and rear drivers tow hook. Most of the challenging obstacles look harder than the actually are. Views are insane and this is definitely a trail I will visit again.
Visited: 02/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Looks scarier than it is, 35", no lockers JKU's went over it with proper spotting no issues at all. A group that reached it before us with fj's and pickups decided to turn around but honestly I think they would have done fine with rock placement and proper lane selection.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/23/2020

Pretty simple trail up until the steps. The steps definitely make me wish I had a rear locker. A good spotter, some momentum and a few strategically stacked rocks will get you through the first step.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/12/2019

Nice trail, like stated before, only hard part is the step. About 4 foot tall with lots of rocks for stacking if needed. 35's and lockers made short work of it. Anything else expect some trail rash.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/04/2017

This is the trail that makes the Echo Pass trail interesting. It is incredibly scenic and the colors alone on the desert mountains are stunning. Note that the area is filled with criss-crossing old mining trails so be sure to use the gpx data carefully or have an app like Gaia that will keep you from getting off track. Once you enter Nevada, you can follow the direction indicated above, connect with the highway, and return to your camping site in Death Valley. But when we did the trail last year we turned northwest rather than southeast and headed on some old, faint trails through the desert until we connected with a back side route up to Chloride City. This made for a marvelous all-day trip that ended with us standing atop the mountains looking over the entire valley.

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