Goler Wash / Canyon

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4.9/5 (13 reviews)
Furnace Creek, California (Inyo County)
Last Updated: 12/13/2023
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Goler Wash, also known as Goler Canyon, is an enjoyable off-road cut through over the Panamint Mountain Range from Ballarat near Trona to Death Valley National Park in California. The trial is popular for being the home of Barker Ranch, aka Manson Ranch. In 1969 the FBI raided the ranch when they found out the Manson Family was living there. But don't think this is an easy 4x4 pass through. The trail is known to get washed out making it a go-to place for a mild offroad trail to wild overland adventures. Along the route expect beautiful scenery of the canyons that seem to tower above you while the old mines placed up on the side of the cliffs seem to have no way for people to ever access them. If the trail is washed out, expect an intermediate waterfall that is slick with running water on over it. Today, the park service spends a lot of time maintaining this trail, trying to keep the trail easily passable for even a 2wd. To spice things up, make this into a weekend overland adventure including off-roading Warm Springs Road, Butte Valley, Mengel Pass, and Goler Wash. This just might be the best 4wd Jeep Trails you have or will ever take and the dispersed camping is top notch.

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4.9/5 (13)
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950
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/06/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Open. Easy trail with tight hairpin turns but a full size can make it. Fun way into Barker's Ranch then to Mengel Pass. See review on Mengel Pass for more details and photos.
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139000
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/13/2023

Reports in that these trails have been reopened, but the only way in is through Ballarat. The Death Valley side is still closed.
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139000
Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/11/2023

Call before you go. There is a ton of mixed messages coming out of the park about trails being open or closed. National parks have it as closed but a good amount of this trail is on BLM. BLM part is open, which only means the last few yards at the mansion ranch is closed. FYI - the erosion at the waterfalls has been repaired.
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1200
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/04/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is a great way into the park. There a plenty of mines and cabins to explore so plan on taking your time. The trail was a nice easy drive when I was there and most 4WDs with good tires shouldn't have a problem. There was some water flowing in the lower part and I can see where things can get washed out and the trail changes seasonally.
Trail Review: Goler Wash / Canyon - Eric
Trail Review: Goler Wash / Canyon - Eric
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2900
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Visited: 10/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail! Pretty easy driving all through to Barker Ranch.

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