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Bongo Brian

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I'm heading in this Saturday 4/9. Does anyone know if there is any snow on the north pass? If so, how deep and how long of a section of the road. I know that road very well, but this is the first time I'm towing in a teardrop trailer/camper...not much experience towing in snow. I have 2 sets of chains and 4x4.


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Came out north pass 3/31; no problems.
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 #18 
north pass in great shape on 3-28-12
bonneaudickson

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Simon and I have made it in through the north pass several times in a Subaru Loyale (a really crummy version of the Subaru--automatic transmission, only 2 wheel drive, they often do not list it in a list of Subaru models, I think it was built as a town car for Japan) but it did make it.  (I how have a four wheel drive outback which is much better.)

Also, Simon and I had been coming twice per year for about 10 years without any tire trouble, then last year we found a nail in a tire at Wasco, CA.  Fortunately we found a tire shop that fixed it in about 30 minutes.  Then coming out, we found a flat tire when we stopped at Emile Schatt's delicatessen and bakery in Bishop.  The sidewall was totally destroyed, probably by  a sharp rock from the recently regraded road.  Fortunately, once again we found a nearby tire shop and got a new tire, but it took a while. 

So I have now purchased a real (full size) spare tire and have become a believer in the old timer, off road, rough and ready guys and gals advice about carrying a spare.

By the way, the Mule Kick sandwich from Emile Schatt's in Bishop is wondrous, along with a lot of other stuff there.  Try this place out.
bmxmtbman

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Cool. Send me a text in the morning. I may drive the whole way today, or bivy near mammoth/ bishop, and drive in the morning.

If we run in to each other, great, otherwise I think you will be fine on the road. See you at the springs!

BEN

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That is really excellent news....we have a honda prelude, but we've already taken it on some way too hairy roads in British Columbia, we can change a flat, but would certainly hope it's not a likelyhood, and we do have chains.  It would be awesome if our car could make it ok.  That's really cool of you to offer, we're not exactly sure, but we would probably be able to start in tomorrow morning and come out Sunday, we're about to go out hiking for the day, but we will do our best to find internet.  Please don't inconvenience yourself if we aren't able to communicate efficiently.  You guys rock!
bmxmtbman

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North pass is in really good shape right now, provided there is not too much snow. I would not hesitate with a civic and a can of fix a flat. I may be slightly more reckless than some people on this forum. Chains may be a good idea. I would be happy to caravan in with you guys, and I could escort you out on my dirt bike.


bmxmtbman

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What model?
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 #24 
Thank you so much for the offer, we'll need to get out before next week though.  Just to confirm though, you guys think it'll be too hard with our Honda sports car?
bmxmtbman

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To unregistered. I'm going in tonight or tomorrow if you need a ride. Staying till following thurs, so may not get you a ride out (till then). Going N. Pass. Send me a text seven 0 seven 2 two 3 for six 57

Ben

matmiss

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Dirty Socks - not a good place.  It's private land.  NO facilities.  Lots of glass on the ground and especially in the pool.  No shelter at all. broken cement - no real good place to put up a tent even if there isn't any wind.  There has been a lot of wind lately! 
Great for birding, but not for camping. 
matmiss

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Camping - my favorite in Big Pine is up the hill - Baker Creek, $10 (or leave early), streamside camping, block toilets.  No piped water.  Turn west off Hwy 395 about a block north of the Chevron Station - there is a little sign saying Baker Ck. 
Then you can eat at Rossi's....

Snow should be gone by now... but do check your spare!!
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 #28 
If anyone is going up Thurs evening/Friday day. my girlfriend and I would be greatly appreciative of a ride, I don't think our Honda sports car will make it right now, unless people think we can do it.  We'd really love to be able to enjoy this special spot somehow.  Cheers!
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 #29 
I came out the North Pass on Monday and it was fine. There was a couple of inches of snow in spots but I made it out in 2 wheel drive! I did get a flat on the way in on a sharp rock so check your spare! 
theway131

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 #30 
Hello all 
First I'd like to say thanks to the creator and members if this page with out it travel into this region would be risky to say the least.
 If anyone has current conditions for north pass I'd appreciate knowing I'm planning a trip for Sunday the first. 
 I have 4 wheel drive long travel suspension and 33 in tires. 
Thanks in advance. 
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