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Sparky of SoCal

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Went up 10-13-18 and there was a little difference from past. Turns appear to be about the same. That one longer section with all the white rock has had all the dust and loose soil washed away but there are multiple lines. If you have min. 33" tires, 4 wheel drive and suspension to go with 33's it should be doable. I do think it is getting closer to the time camper type rigs are going to start going around.
Dpsmedic

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Found the attached on the DVNP Road Conditions page dated Sept 24. I’m planning a trip next month. Be interested to hear what you find!

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87Yota

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Heading out to the race track then to Saline on the 22nd. Any one have an update on lippincott? 
Dpsmedic

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+1 on information if anyone has it. Thanks
GATO

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Any further updates on Lippincott Road?  Pictures/Videos?  Impassable?
dautremont

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The road is very rough, with several washed out edges that would be unadvised for a wide or full size truck.  Very high clearance with very good tires needed to get down the road, 4wd with 4lo, very high clearance, very good tires to get up the road.  Do not go alone, a very good chance to get stuck or a flat in a very difficult spot.  Biggest damage I've seen in many years.
Sparky of SoCal

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Must be first major change in years.
kzymurgy

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Almost impassable with what
dautremont

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went down Lippincott last Friday, very rocky, almost impassable, would not recommend unless very good clearance, experienced drivers, very good tires.  don't go down anything you can't go back up...several narrow areas a full size or extra long pickup would have trouble, with washouts that threaten to pull you off the trail...
Dpsmedic

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Here is a good time lapse (7 mins long from Nov 2017) of the entire Lippincott from top to bottom shot by a guy driving a suburban. He actually did not have to make the three point turn I thought he would on the one switchback. Conditions look the same as when I ran it in March 2018.

DVExile

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Oh, and he is in an *Expedition* which is about the same size as a Tundra or F-150.  Lippincott routinely tackled by such vehicles.

I mentioned I once went down in an *Excursion* which is almost two feet longer than an Expedition and like a large F-350.  That did suck, but we made it with slow going and spotting. 
DVExile

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Oh goodness, definitely don't go all the way back to Ubehebe from Racetrack and then take the highway!  I'm not sure of the conditions right now but that road to Racetrack from Ubehebe develops awful washboard and can be punishing on tires, suspension and your teeth!  No reason to do it both ways!

The others have already given you the right suggestion for an alternative to Lippincott - go over Hunter Mountain instead.  Beautiful drive, less scary than Lippincott.  If not clear the route from Racetrack is to double back to Teakettle Junction and turn right onto the road that goes through Hidden Valley.  That road continues up the east side of Hunter Mountain and then comes down the other side to meet Saline Valley Road right at South Pass.

Lippincott is pretty darn overrated as far as "scare" factor goes but that is all a personal thing.  Especially in a larger vehicle it can leave an inexperienced passenger wringing their hands a bit.  It has some rather steep sections as well that can make people nervous when going downhill.
Salt Peter

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I wouldn't want to take an Excursion on Lippincott.
The Hunter Mountain route would let you see/drive new places without the stress and worry about Lippincott.
dautremont

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Your Excursion will be a little tight but should be no problem if you take it slow, in good daylight, sun not in your face.  Keep in mind:  tires are super important - you do not want a flat going down Lippincot road. Street / p rated tires on that heavy a vehicle are likely inadequate on the rough sections.  Use low gear, slow and easy...
James Sel

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Hunter mountain road wold be a better route than going back to the 190. Its really sweet up there and ifshelf/cliff roads give you doubts ...well look at a map preferably a good paper one.
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