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Came down Lippincot on 3/23 in stock 2010 pathfinder. No problems at all. Did use 4L to keep speed down on steep sections. When I got to the bottom to take photos of the rock pile where it intersects Saline, a guy in a newer Wrangler comes down Lippincot and stops to ask me if I knew where we were at and where the nearest gas station was. Who in their right mind would go down Lippincot with know idea where they were? His passenger was busy trying to pull up a map on her Iphone - can't imagine that worked out to well!
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2-door Jeep with 2" lift, 33" tires, and lockers.
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What were you driving?
I had a brief idea of camping one night at the racetrack and coming down Lippencott in my Tacoma/FWC combo. I've been down it several times before but not for a couple years.
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Went up Lippincott last week, it's in better shape than a year or two ago. It needs a good storm
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Just came down Lippincott today. Us in a modified FJ (33" tires, lots of protection), another couple in a stock Cherokee.
In the FJ it was pretty straightforward, nothing truly scary though one fairly long rocky stretch (near the bottom, just before the aforementioned smooth stretch) of being very careful where the wheels go. Getting the Cherokee through required some very careful spotting at a place where there are two big rocks making a narrow passage. We passed an FJ going up who said he'd done it without problems but there were some tight spots.
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General info on Steel Pass, Lippincott, Hunter Mountain, and part of South Pass. Anecdotal info on the North Pass and Grapevine section of South Pass.
Ten of us went in on the 20th and came out on the 23rd. For reference we were mostly in Rubicon JK's, LandCruiser 70's and 80's and my little Samurai. Most of us were experieinced but we had several newbies who did just fine. We even had a stock Durango make it over Steel Pass but that was probably luck. It took a lot of spotting and rock piling. A little lift and proper gearing would have helped a lot with him. Roads are generally in good shape. We went in over Steel Pass. No problems. It is more technical than the other roads but is lower. No snow. No mud/ There are the tights spots around some boulders on the descent and the four steps at the beginning to navigate but the road is pretty much as it was two years ago. Steel Pass road becomes somewhat hard to follow as it gets close to the springs. Hard rains a few years ago really scrambled the boulder fields. Be careful to watch for cairns and other markings. We went out the Lippincott and through Teakettle Junction to Hunter Mountain. Hunter mountain had snow and large mud puddles. No one got stuck but I would be careful since it would ice up if done early morning or after dark. We went out at sunset and it was clearly starting to get really cold on the summit. We joined onto South road and headed out and stayed at the Boxcar camp. Some of the party went out the North Pass with no issues reported. One of them was a stock Durango. He did it after dark so perhaps th deep mud had firmed up. In any event he posted no warnings and got out fine. We did not do the Grapevine section of the south pass but no issues were reported by other drivers. The valley floor is typical. some areas of washboards but otherwise fast moving. Weather was great for us. Happy Holidays
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The lower part is oddly nearly rock free, smooth like a fireroad and that continues much of the way. A few almost narrow spots and a few nearly rocky spots almost require 4 wheel drive. The hard part is meeting others going the opposite way as you and making those geometry classes almost make sense now.
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Came down Lippincott Saturday afternoon, actually better than last Fall IMO. Less than 40 minutes from sign at top to intersection with Saline Valley Road. Spot with chain link fence buried seemed a little more narrow, but I was driving a 06'Tundra double cab.
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Went up Lippincott through to the racetrack for the first time on Saturday. Road was in good condition. Driving a landcruiser lifted 3 inches here but I did see an unmodified 4wd truck make it through okay
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Went thru Lippincott for the first time on 4/14 going up on a stock 2014 4x4 T4Runner to Racetrack Valley. Road is deeply rutted in spots and real narrow on a few washout spots. Made it thru uneventful except when I ran into a JW coming down but we managed to barely squeezed by each other. He had to drive up the inside uphill side for us to fit and I had to really push real close to the edge. I used 4L on couple of spot but kept it in 4H for my peace of mind all the thru.
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I was at the Springs last week from the 16th to the 18th. Went in the North Pass and came out the South Pass. Both were in really great condition! Did a side trip on the way out across the lower valley on the Ubehebe Road. It and also the bottom part of the Lippincott Mine Road had been freshly graded. We were in a 2 wheel drive Isuzu Rodeo and backed up to a turnaround point after about a mile up the Lippincott where the recent grading had stopped. Looked like there were a lot of loose, uneven, riverbed type rocks on the surface of the road up ahead for a ways.
Jake: It might be a little tight in a few places on the Lippincot for a full size pick-up, especially with a camper. There are a few places where your drop-off side wheels might not be 100% supported, after the freshly graded part of the road. It doesn't take long to get across the Southern part of the Valley, now, though. It is a beautiful drive and might be worth a look even if you have to back up and turn around.
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We took a day trip from the Springs on 3/18 up and back on the Lippencott Rd to the Racetrack. Inyo county has bladed the road from the Saline valley road to the old Death Valley Monument boundary sign spot. They removed lots of big rocks thru the wash area and the road to the old boundary is wonderful. Thanks Inyo County. The remainder of the Lipp road is basically the same with narrow spots going up just beyond the old boundary sign. As we were going up we met another Tacoma coming down just beyond the monument boundary but could see it coming down from a distance and easily found a passable spot to wait. We had 2 Tacoma 4X4s. No real issues to report. Just take it easy. Lots of wildflowers near the overlook at the top of the road just short of the racetrack.
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We went up Lipp. a few days ago . Road was in great condition . I made it up in 2wd , but I have a built 4runner with 37's ... A few pics that show the narrowest section of road...
Nasty little drop off there , but nothing to stop you .
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