The Slate Range trail coupled with Goler to Mengel makes for a very nice trip. I need to post a trip report. In the meantime here a couple of photos on the Mengel side of the trail headed into DV. This is the worst of the trail and only for a hundred feet or so.
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Ok..I think I have it. Trona Wildrose Rd. southbound to Ballarat Rd. East to wingate Rd. then south to Coyote Canyon Rd./ Goler Wash/Mengel Pass/Butte Valley Rd. to the southern end of the West Side Hwy. Thanks..headed down next week.
well the Slate range trail is before you hit the Ballarat rd when coming from Trona. I don't recall if it was marked but if you want to bypass it and just take the Mengel route you can hit that trail right out of Ballarat. This map shows Mengel and Ballarat but doesn't show the Slate range trail. It leaves the Trona rd and goes basically East-north east over the Slate range and into Panamint then comes in fairly close to where the Mengel trail turns 90 degrees and heads up over the pass.