FYI You can't get to Scotty's Castle from Death Valley. The road's supposedly washed out and it is well blocked from the Valley end.
Which way ARE you taking from Beatty to Stovepipe Wells?
My Jeep was thinking of checking Scotty's Castle Road from this side, from Hwy 95. It's probably equally well blocked at the (namby pamby)
California state line. We have no interest in spending time at the Castle if we could get there and it's probably closed anyway, we just want to see if we can see any of the "washout". 16 miles and back on pavement shouldn't take all that long and gets us nowhere into Death Valley, so we we're going to try to find the way through NORTH of Scotty's Junction.
Oriental Wash might be out of the way to Stovepipe Wells, but, heck, WE might be going all the way back to Vegas same day!
We can make the Beatty meetup @ 10am Tuesday, so, if anyone's interested in Oriental Wash this week, please post here. Suggest another time and place if Tuesday won't work. Wednesday might be the best weather.
And now, the REST of the story...
A few years ago the signs said Scotty's Castle Road was closed so, naturally, I had to check it out. Well, sure enough, right at the east entrance to the parking lot of Scotty's Castle the road was well washed out - I wouldn't'a tried it in the Rubi and I was wheeling the Jetta.
But the washout didn't go as far as the WEST entrance to the parking lot. So I just drove through the parking lot to go around the "washout". The signs hadn't lied. The road itself was truly impassable, but not impossible to get through.