Yea, hasn't been gas at scotty's for a few years now. What I did, was start at PSR, and then headed south when we hit Saline Valley Road from Lippincot Pass. Made that loop in October, beautiful. In November, COLD. Those are 4000+ mountains. If you head to the hot springs, you should be around sea level, so maybe wind breakers?? Im sure their are a few penguin nudists around the springs, but it should be relatively clear. But I dont know how jeep guys choice their weekends/trips or anything like that. So that is a possiblitly on steel pass.
For a little more gas, plan your route to Stovepipe. Or get out of the area, and hit up Big Pine or Lone Pine... Relying on Furnace would be to much of a gamble, if I were planning the trip, and usually I do. PM me if interested
If you are going up THAT weekend, I would tool around a chase jeep/truck or be the stage truck driver if you got the vehicle and room. I couldn't hold that offer the following weekend, doing the D-37 LA-B-V ride.