• Overview
  • Itinerary

We know you’ll be adding this trip to your list of great memories. We are excited to be leading this epic journey.

Here is an outline for our April 16-18, 2021 Expedition. For additional details, review the itineraries listed in the tab shown above.

Click here to REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP. The fee for this trip is $175/truck.

If you can’t make this trip, or if this trip is full and you’d like to join us on an up-coming trip, please add your name to our Waiting List.

We’ll be checking out:

Manzanar National Historic Site – a World War II interment/concentration camp

Alabama Hills – located in the foothills below Mt. Whitney, this location has been used in hundreds of movies

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (oldest living organisms on earth – one tree is estimated to be more than 5,000 years old.

Eureka Dunes – the tallest sand dunes in California, and some of the tallest in all the U.S.A.

Marble Bath – an antique bathtub buried in a canyon and filled with blue marbles and surrounded by rubber duckies

Steel Pass – a short, technical section with three “waterfalls” – doable by any stock 4×4 vehicle

Saline Valley Warm Springs – a series of warm springs, shower, picnic area, toilet. This area is “clothing-optional.”

Lippencott Canyon – a slightly technical trail up through Lippencott canyon as the back door to The Racetrack

The Racetrack – a playa replete with “moving stones” that leave trails behind them

Teakettle Junction – an intersection with a road direction sign adorned with teakettle (bring one to leave behind)

Hunter Mountain – this trail up and over Hunter Mountain will be our exit for a fantastic weekend.

This trip will have two nights of camping. You may want to bring warm clothing and sleeping/camping gear for Friday evening/night – we’ll be camping Friday night atop the White Mountains at an elevation of approx. 10,000 feet. Saturday night will have camping at Saline Valley Warm Springs.

After lunch on Friday, all meals will be on the trail.

ALERT – We’ll be covering more than 130 miles on dirt roads with no services/no fuel stops. BRING ADDITIONAL FUEL, IF NECESSARY!


Frank’s cell – 818-314-6313

Please email me to confirm that you will be coming so that I have an accurate head/vehicle count.

Email: frank@blackrhinoexpeditions.com

In your email, please include your:


Number in your party/truck and their names

Your cell number

Emergency Contact Name(s) and Phone Number(s)

Please ensure that your vehicle is ready for three days off-road. We’ll be spending a lot of time on washboard roads – be prepared. Oil change, fresh fluids, belts, hoses, fuses, ECUs, etc. Bring spare tires. Bring the usual kit- water, FRS radio/Ham Radio, camera, chargers, batteries, extra memory cards, food for on the trail, etc. Bring an extra key or hide-a-key. If you have wheel locks, be sure to bring the solution to remove them as well.

Re: Communications We’ll be using both HAM and FRS radios simultaneously. Our Ham Radio frequency will be 145.180 Simplex. Bring an FRS radio set to channel 7, sub-channel 7. FRS radios do not require a license and may be purchased at local consumer electronic stores, sporting supply stores or online.

IMPORTANT: Black Rhino Expeditions does NOT cover any associated costs, including, but not limited to:





Visitor fees ($30 paid at the Death Valley Visitor Center)

Vehicle repairs


Black Rhino Expeditions offers activity-based adventures where you command your vehicle through amazing terrain, enjoy incredible geology and dig into the rich history of vanishing ghost towns and mines. Whether you’re planning to join us alone, share the experience with your spouse, significant other, your friends, or will bring your whole family, a Black Rhino Expedition will exceed your expectations, and change the way you see the world. In fact, people have told us that their expedition experience changed their life.

Allan Shareghi, a former Department of the Interior Senior Geologist, will be  sharing his vast knowledge of Death Valley, and educating us on the geology of Death Valley. Thank you, Allan.

There is a limit of 15 trucks for this trip.

Click here to REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP. The fee for this trip is $175/truck.

If you can’t make this trip, or if this trip is full and you’d like to join us on an up-coming trip, please add your name to our Waiting List.

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Frank Buddenbrock (Trip leader)

John Shumovich

Martin King

Bahman Mehdizadeh

Allan Shareghi (Senior Geologist)

Umberto Bonfante

Eric Karamian

Bill Ruttan

Christoper Ladas

Raul Ferrero

Quint Kuhl

Here is the planned itinerary for our April 16-18, 2021 Expedition. Review the itineraries listed below.

NOTE: After we leave Bishop, there are no services, NO FUEL, for 130+ miles. BRING EXTRA FUEL!!

Meals each day will be on the trail, or in camp. You may want to bring a warm clothes for Friday evening/night as we'll be spending the night at approx. 10,000 foot elevation, weather permitting.

On Saturday, we'll spend the night at Saline Valley Warm Springs, a literal oasis with warm springs, showers, toilet and camping area.

Sunday will take us through Lippencott Canyon, past The Racetrack, and leaving via Hunter Mountain.


Day 1

Date : April 16, 2021

Time : 9:00 AM


Meet at the Shell Station in Pearsonville, CA on Highway 395.

102 Pearson Rd, Pearsonville, CA 93527

Leave at 9:30 am. Lunch will be on the trail, or available in Lone Pine.

We plan to visit:
• Manzanar

• Lone Pine

• Alabama Hills

• Bishop

• Silver Canyon

• Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest - This will be our night halt.

Day 2

Date : April 17, 2021

Time : 9:00 AM

Ancient Bristlecone Pines to Saline Valley Warm Springs

Details: Pack up camp. Leave at 9:30 am. Lunch will be on the trail.  

We plan to visit: •  Bristlecone Pines Forest (this will be our hike) • Wyman Canyon • Eureka San Dunes • Steel Pass/Dedeckera Canyon • Marble Bath • Saline Valley Warm Springs • We'll spend the night at Saline Valley Warm Springs.

Day 3

Date : April 18, 2021

Time : 9:00 AM

Saline Valley Warm Springs to Hunter Mountain

Details - Pack up Camp - Leave at 9:00 am. Lunch will be on the trail.   We plan to visit: • Lippencott Canyon •  The Racetrack •  Teakettle Junction •  Los Burro Mine • Hunter Mountain • Olancha   Then we'll head home. Thank you for being a part of this trip. See you on the next one.