Getting ThereTowne Pass that is located between Stovepipe Wells and Panamint Valley. Elevation of Towne Pass is 4,963 ft and the occasional winter snow storm will dump several inches of snow at this elevation.
If you are approaching Towne BM from the west on Hwy 190, you will be in the National Park but you won’t have to pay the $20 (as of 2008) entry fee to enter the National Park. The first pay station is located east of here in Stovepipe Wells.
There is a nice wide parking area on the north side of the highway. I car camped in this parking area before my climb and no one hassled me.
Climb up to the ridge. Once you gain the ridge you will see the summit of Town BM further to the northwest across a large drainage carved into Dolomite Canyon. The route follows the top of the ridge around the drainage and then up to the summit. There is a faint climbers trail along the top of the ridgeline that you should be able to follow unless it is snow covered. The ridgeline has been surveyed and there several markers cemented on rocks and marked with steel fence stakes.
The route has several knobs along the way that you have to hike up and down. My GPS indicated the route was 7.2 miles round trip, with 3,075 ft of elevation gain with the ups and downs, and it took me 5.4 hours with about a third of the route covered in snow.