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87Yota

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Went down the 25th of October in a fully loaded 87 Toyota pick up. Lifted with 30 inch tires. Friend has an almost stock 2014 Tacoma. Road was rough but passible. Only one real bad section. I think the same section Sparky Socal was referring to. It was a bit like rock crawling, maxed the clearance on my truck. That section made it fun. otherwise just loose, rocky and a few small wash outs, 4L 2nd gear most the way.  

"That one longer section with all the white rock has had all the dust and loose soil washed away but there are multiple lines." 
Sparky of SoCal


Hope this helps, If I get the pics from my friend I will post them. 
Bluegrass Boy

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Went down 10/29/18 in a 4x4 Tundra. Tough going, especially where the edge was washed out. Near the bottom, after I kissed solid ground, I met a guy going up in some kind of Mercedes mini SUV. I warned him off but he kept going. Hope he made it.
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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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.
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