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OpenTrackRacer

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The Park Service is reporting that Death Valley Road is closed due to a washout which blocks access to Saline Valley via North Pass.  Does anyone happen to know the actual condition of the road and where the damage is located?

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mlmorrison

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A wildlife thread is a great idea. I'll wanted over to General Topics and add some comments on what we are doing.
Salt Peter

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I'd like to know more about the bats in the valley. Maybe we need a wildlife thread in the general topics section.
mlmorrison

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Into Saline over North Pass as far south as salt tram (doing bat research in Inyo's)--nothing much to say except hot (you know that) and road fine and typical washboard. Saw one other vehicle over 2-1/2 days (did not go to Springs). Only 2 lizards...too hot for them (only crazy biologist). Hope all are having a great summer. Cheers.
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The north pass continues to be in good shape. In on the 17th out on the 22nd. Nice wildflowers! Was surprised by two tired ducks on the road up near the pines. Had to pull over and shoo them off the road. 

Mt4Camus

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Driving out the North Pass on 22-Apr, was a little bumpy, but not terrible.  It took about 2 hrs from the springs.  Like always, air down tires, and take it slow on 4x4 if you have it.

It's hot and dry mostly, no major impact on the road condition.  There was a fairly large washout, about 16-17 miles (measuring from the start of the north entrance).  The wash is about 3 ft deep, 4 ft wide, to the left side of the road (heading south bound).
mlmorrison

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Just rained at 7000' in Sierra today (Bishop area); pretty warm and storm now gone. No new snow evident in Inyo's from town so I cannot imagine based on my experience that North Pass (and certainly not South Pass) would be a problem.
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Looking to go in North or South Pass in the next few days. There was a storm up north today as seen from Furnace Creek. Anyone have any current info on road condition?
bobhuckaby

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Peter:  based on Flipper's comment, since he did both, the north is recommended, and that popup will suffer much less than the south washboard
remember to use lower gear coming down the grade to keep from losing your brakes with the trailer push
our storm this weekend did not get down there so prior reports should be still applicable
bob from tahoe
peter

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Hoping to visit Saline M-Th this week.  Not sure if I'll enter from north or south.  Have entered from north on a previous visit.  Are the two roads of similar condition?  I am driving a Honda Ridgeline and towing a small pop up.  Appreciate any feed back.  Best, Peter
Major Tom

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Dusty, why dont you read any of the number of posts recently submitted just above yours?
Dusty.rambler

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We are headin to the valley next Saturday in a VW van. I've been to the valley 20+ times and understand the roads and whatnot. We went in and out North Pass in April 2015 in the same van. We will have a 4X4 Tacoma escort. Does anyone who has traveled this route recently think I will have any problems? Got the supplies... full sized spare, patch kit, compressor, shovel, axe, chains, tow straps, etc. Thoughts on current conditions? Will do South Pass if necessary, but we are coming from Tahoe, so prefer the northern route.
larry & gail

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Came out of the valley today. Road a little wash board but no snow and hardly any mud.
Flipper

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Came out of Saline via the north yesterday. The deep ruts are much better. Only a few spots of snow and a few wet spots but nothing to prevent travel. Much smoother route than the south.

TheyWander

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Came out the North Pass today and it was nice. Couple muddy snow melt patches but nothing bad. 
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