2014 Badwater 135 Ultramarathon Route Landmarks

Created with GPS measurement, June, 2014

Distance Landmark Elevation
NOTE: TL = Traffic Light; SS = Stop Sign; T-Int = T-Intersection
0.0 Start west on Whitney Portal Road from Brewery Street 3740'
0.4 Left on Tuttle Creek Road             NO SUPPORT VEHICLES NEXT 3.1 MILES 3780'
0.6 Pass Portagee Joe Campground on right (toilet 50 yards west of road) 3790'
1.55 Cross LA Aqueduct 3800'
3.8 Pass Hopalong Cassidy House on Right 4500'
4.1 Pass Thundercloud Lane on Left VEHICLE SUPORT BEGINS 4580'
5.8 Right on Lubken Canyon Rd. (SS, T-Int) 4700'
6.2 Left on Horseshoe Meadows Rd. (SS, T-Int) 4800'
Dangerous, narrow area! No slow driving or stopping on road!
9.2 DeLaCour Ranch (Switchback #1 starts)  TOILET 5470'
10.6 Enter Inyo National Forest 6000
11.65 Switchback #2 starts 6400'
13.3 Switchback #3 starts 7000'
14.8 Switchback #4 starts 7600'
15.9 Switchback #5 starts; watch for rocks on road 8000'
16.6 Cell Service ends for Verizon; AT&T continues to work for 1.4 miles  
16.7 Switchback #6 starts 8400'
16.9 Switchback #7 starts 8500'
18.0 Walt's Point (AT&T cell service ends) 9000'
19.0 Summit, followed by short downhill 9300'
19.9 Low Point; resume climbing 9050'
21.6 "Wood Gathering Prohibited" / Gate 9600'
21.7 Stay left / Straight (Old Pack Station location) 9700'
21.9 Stay left / Straight towards Cottonwood Pass 9720'
22.1 Left into Day Use area: Time Station #1     (6135' cumulative ascent) 9730'
22.2 Toilet on short loop road 9730'
22.3 Right to return down/east on Horseshoe Meadows Rd. (SS, T-Int) 9730'
24.4 Low Point; begin 250' ascent 9050'
25.25 Summit; begin long descent 9300'
26.4 Walt's Point (AT&T cell service resumes) 9000'
27.4 Switchback #7 starts 8500'
27.8 Switchback #6 starts 8400'
27.9 Verizon cell service resumes  
28.4 Switchback #5 starts 8000'
29.4 Switchback #4 starts 7600'
30.9 Switchback #3 starts 7000'
32.6 Switchback #2 starts 6400'
35.0 DeLaCour Ranch (Switchback #1)  TOILET 5470'
38.4 Right on Lubken Canyon Rd. 4800'
38.5 Left on Tuttle Creek Road 4700'
40.0 Cross Sunset Drive (Crew vehicles go west to meet runners at Mile 43.9) 4580'
40.2 Pass Thundercloud Lane on Right         NO SUPPORT VEHICLES NEXT 3.1 MILES 4580'
42.8 Cross LA Aqueduct 3800'
43.8 Pass Portagee Joe Campground on left (toilet 50 yards west of road) 3790'
43.9 Right on Whitney Portal Rd. (SS, T-Int)             VEHICLE SUPPORT RESUMES 3780'
44.4 Right on Hwy 395 (TL) 3740'
44.5 Pass Dow Villa on Left: Time Station #2 3740'
45.9 Pass last gas and food: Chevron / Lee's Frontier Deli on right 3700'
46.2 Left on SR 136 / SR 190 3690'
48.8 Cross Owens River 3610'
49.6 Left onto Dolomite Loop 3600'
54.2 Left onto Hwy 136 (SS, T-Int)        WATCH FOR SOFT SHOULDERS 3440'
59.1 Pass Cerro Gordo Rd. on right in Keeler 3680'
59.4 Left on Cerro Gordo Rd: Time Station #3  TOILET NO SUPPORT VEHICLES NEXT 15.4 MILES 3680'
64.0 False Summit "Geology Flats" (Water/Ice)   (8650' cumulative ascent) 5750'
65.0 Enter Joshua Tree forest 6200'
65.8 "No Hunting" sign on wooden mining equipment on left 6930'
67.1 American Hotel in Cerro Gordo: Time Station #4 TOILET (11,000' cumulative ascent) 8000'
70.2 False Summit "Geology Flats" (Water/Ice) 5750'
74.8 Left onto Hwy 136 (SS, T-Int): Time Station #5    VEHICLE SUPPORT RESUMES 3670'
79.3 Straight onto Hwy 190  (No Cell Service until Mile 102) 3830'
80.6 4000' Elevation Sign on left 4000'
82.6 Gunsight Pass 4340'
85.9 Gravesite / Large Cross on left 4540'
90.7 Mile Marker 36.0 on right 5000'
91.25 Large pull-out on right: Time Station #6 (0.9 mile before Darwin turn-off) 5150'
96.5 Gravesite / Large Cross on right 4540'
99.8 Gunsight Pass 4340'
100.7 "100 MILES" painted on road on left side 4160'
101.9 4000' Elevation Sign on right 4000'
103.1 Straight onto Hwy 136 at Hwy 190 junction (Cell service resumes) 3830'
107.7 Pass Cerro Gordo Road on rightinI Keeler (former TS #3/5) 3670'
113.0 Pass Dolomite Loop on right 3440'
117.2 Pass Dolomite Loop on right again 3600'
118.0 Cross Owens River 3610'
120.7 Right on Hwy 395 (SS, T-Int) 3690'
122.4 Pass Dow Villa on right: Time Station #7 3740'
122.5 Left on Portal Road (TL) 3740'
No slow driving or stopping on road!
125.6 Pass Horseshoe Meadow Rd. on left 4520'
126.8 Pass Cuffe Ranch on right 5100'
128.1 Pass Olivas Ranch Rd. on left 5300'
129.0 Pass Lone Pine Campground on left 5700'
 
Dangerous, narrow area! No slow driving or stopping on road!
 
130.8 Large pullout on right before switchbacks section: Time Station #8 6890'
131.8 "The Switchback" 7215'
132.4 Vista Point on left 7400'
133.4 Whitney Portal Recreation Area sign 7700'
133.7 Family Campsites on left 8100'
134.3 Overflow Parking Lot on left 8200'
134.4 Finish Line 100 yards beyond Mount Whitney Trail sign (17,000' cumulative ascent) 8360'
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Official distance is 135.0 miles. Remember all car odometers have error. Distances above are accurate in a relative sense, but you may find variation in the overall distance, as we did when creating the above routesheet.