Anyone been to Death Valley/Furnace Creek lately?

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  1. MonkeyClaw

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    How is the runway there? I saw a review somewhere that said the runway has a few really big 'bumps' in it - like several inches tall! That's not the kind of thing I want to deal with... Can anyone provide a recent pirep?
     
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    I landed at camped there about 9 months ago.. really awesome spot. Rented some Jeeps and drove all around the area. I highly recommend. I didn't notice anything unusual about the runway

    If you can, then it's worth a walk to the middle of Badwater Basin
     
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    I was there about 5 years ago. The runway did not seem in a condition that would deteriorate to that state in 5 years. But then I suppose an Earthquake could do it. Sorry I don’t have something more recent
     
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    Was there in November. Lots of cracks in the runway, but not a safety risk. No fuel or services and I was the only plane there. A great place to visit.
     
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    OK thanks all. Now I can't find where the person was complaining about the cracks (of course...) but November is the most recent report I've seen. Hopefully I'll be out this spring to check it out!
     
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    I'd go by the AOPA report linked above. It's from the future. Screen Shot 2020-01-16 at 2.06.56 PM.png
     
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    If you go man up and fly there in July or August...at max gross....:D
     
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    Not to rough a surface. June 17th 89271BFC-446E-4369-B514-41B6764ECE57.jpeg
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    Not to rough. Glad we stopped.
     
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    I’ve been meaning to fly there. Glad to hear it’s in good condition.
     
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    Any need for position reports then? :)
     
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    Have a look at the runway condition comments on ForeFlight before you go, not encouraging.
     
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    I wouldn’t say it is in “good” condition- more like
    “OK” condition. But it should not scare anyone off.

    Go. Spend the night. Take a photo at Zabriskie point at dawn.
     

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    Anyone been to Stovepipe Wells Airport (L09) 16 miles NW? Sounds like a better runway.
     
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    It is a PAVED runway.?? (and straight) Where is the challenge in that.??
     
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    Went into Stovepipe Wells 4-5 years ago. Runway was fine. Mine was the only plane there for two days in April. A lodge and restaurant are adjacent, but there is no ground transportation available there. We met friends who had a car. Rentals are at Furnace Creek.
    Jon
     
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    I was there in March of last year, and it was fine.
     
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    Any ground transportation there?
     
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    The hotel will arrive in a shuttle to take you to checkin.