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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.
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.

Sparky of SoCal

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If I was new driving down that road in your rig, it would not be fun. To tense for the what registers on the fun meter.
Salt Peter

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Came into Saline via Lippincott last week. Several spots required some spotting and taking the right line. I think it has degraded since the last time I drove up it just over a year ago.
Dpsmedic

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Came in on March 23rd.   Dry and in good condition after rains on 3/22.
Erik Hadinger

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Went up Lippincott this morning to the racetrack Road is in good condition very passable. But yes you still need 4 wheel drive to go up Lippincott!
Randy

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We came down Lippincott on the 4th of December and I found it in much worse shape than I have ever seen it.  Oddly enough I dissuaded a couple of folks from driving up it in their Subaru and 2 ladies who were trying to get to the Racetrack in their rental car.  Kinda makes me wonder how many people are tempting fate by trying to drive up that when nobody is there to tell them about road conditions.
P3Tacco

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Here's the narrowest section on the road, first weekend in November. This is an extended cab F150 4WD. Pretty much a rock crawl above this point, I wish I had taken some photos of that!  It was definitely more difficult coming down than going up, just like climbing a mountain. I was very surprised by the large number of vehicles. 24254834_10208225503753716_2275410107282054882_o.jpg
billtal

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We went down Lippincott Pass on the day after Thanksgiving on adventure bikes.  This is a steep, rocky descent that requires some experience.  We have smaller bikes that are mainly dirt bikes and they did fine.  We came on two larger adventure bikes that had dropped the bikes and were nervous.  We gave them a pep talk and they made it ok.  They said they were fairly new to off road riding.  We saw several 4WD going up, one was a 1962 International Scout.  They took their time and made it.  
zidaro

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Lippincott is in amazing condition, IMO.  Best I've seen it, the lower valley floor is even graded smooth.  

We went thru in my Crewmax Tundra with Northstar camper.  zero clearance issues.
Heres the narrowest section.  Hug the wall.



Exposure is high, yes.  Don't fall off.  But the view is worth it.
jeepdays

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Entered the Valley via Lippincott on 2/26. Difficult coming down, but not impossible. Washouts and fallen rocks are definitely hazards, but any experienced 4x4 driver could handle those. We took a rental Jeep Compass down the pass, but it got a flat. We were able to finish the pass with a doughnut. I would recommend any high clearance vehicle (shorter wheelbase is better) with strong off-road tires and a full-size spare.
Romy

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Left the valley via Lippincott on 2/20.  The canyon is a bit rough going up and a short wheelbase is definitely helpful.  It is narrow and there's one slide that a high center of gravity vehicle might have issues with (like a camper).  The recent rains had caused a few wash-outs and rock falls.  I would be hesitant taking a long wheelbase vehicle through. I had no issues in a relatively stock 80s Land Cruiser.
BiggSean

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Carexpert:

That was our group you encountered. The Dodge was driven by one of our club members, Tyler. I was the very tall guy driving the white FJ Cruiser. I'm glad to hear you made it up safe and sound. Here's a video that I took of the entire descent down Lippincott. You make an appearance in it! 

randycan

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I drove up Lippincott Road on Friday 3/25 and the Subaru wagon was already gone. Another 100 yards and he would have been home free. He must have been right in the area of the 20:00 mark on the video I took



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