There are more exciting rides in the park, but if you reallly want to do this one, getting there is easy. Take the 395 to Olancha and head east on 190. As the 190 drops into the valley you will come across Wildrose Rd at Emigrant campground. It is roughly 10 miles up Wildrose Rd to the start of Skidoo Rd. There is a dirt parking lot there. The road is easy to follow. Most other roads that branch from it are closed and marked with habitat rehabilitation signs.
However you will need to continue along the 190 to Stovepipe Wells to pay your entrance fee, $20 per vehicle. it is maybe another 7-8 miles on the 190 to Stovepipe. Here's a link to the D.V. website--->Death Valley National Park All the current fee and camping info can be found there. Also, this site has some other ideas for rides--->Death Valley Biking. Not on that list are Echo Cyn and the Chloride Cliff rides I've posted about. The Chloride Cliff ride was great and can be shortened if desired by just doing the out and back from Daylight Pass Rd. Tougher climbing but worth it. The road has a small not very visible sign at the start.
There's endless road biking miles. A lot of the runners that did Titus Cyn brought their road bikes to get around the Furnace Creek area. Which also brings up another excellent option. The Titus Canyon Rd would also be a great ride. This one could be done as a shuttle, driving out to the Nevada end of the Rd and biking back into Death Valley. Or there is parking at the D.V side of the canyon and it is about 11 miles up to Red Pass, the high point along the road. During the marathon there were a few MTB's along as aide/course officilas.
Also the Racetrack Rd has recently been grated, so it is more friendly to standard vehicles.
Keep in mind, there is NO SINGLE TRACK riding in D.V. All S/T trails are CLOSED to bikes. And, the dirt roads are mostly loose gravel or washboard. Finding the sweetspot in the road can be frustrating. Most roads are open to motor vehicles year round, so be careful. Also the cooler months are coming to a rapid close. The valley floor is already reaching into the 80's. Carry lots of water and sports drink(Gatorade, etc.) Even in cold weather this place rips the moisture from your body. Frank Herbert could not have stressed it better. "Water is Life."
Lastly, my favorite ride was still the Trail Cyn ride. However there was a lot of hike-o-bike on the climb due to deep gravel. But the descent was a blast.
Hope this helps. Enjoy.
Posted by CFIT on 02/16/07