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mlmorrison

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Also in and out over North Pass 15-16 July. Not to Springs...doing bat research (because they like it really hot!) in mines. Nothing has changed...
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We just went in and out the North today.  Nothing has changed.  The abandoned pickup is still right where it was in January.
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We went in to the valley on Friday, the 7th and left Monday, the10th.  The North Pass is open with no issues anywhere.  The washboard is getting quite sharp between the Bat Road and Willow Creek, but if you drive slow, you should have no problem.
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Came out the North on 5-27, there was snow starting at about 6600 feet, and I had to chain up at around 6800 feet, very slick and muddy after our week of rains. (RWD Vanagon) I'm sure these conditions won't last long and it's probably cleared up already though.  Passed a car at the top that must have come in at night and decided not to risk it.  The road was in great shape when I came in on 5-19
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The North Pass Road is still in fine shape.  A little bit of washboard is forming in the usual spots, but any responsible driver in a suitable vehicle should have no problem.

That said, I did get a flat tire in Marble Canyon on the way in. It was a simple puncture in the center of the tread.  I put a plug in it and went on my way. 
(Michelin LT 245/75 R17 with 1/2 the tread left)
Approx. speed, 25-30 mph at the time.
The truck was rather heavily loaded with material and tools for the Volcano Tub repair, and was pulling a teardrop trailer.
Dpsmedic

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Went in Thursday 5/2 to the Springs and out Saturday 5/4. Road is in good condition
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Came out of the North Pass Monday 4-15 - road is in really great shape, no problems at all in moderately built Jeep Wrangler.  Beautiful drive with all the snow in the mountains.

Just about any vehicle can make this drive now that the pass is open, but if you don't have all terrain tires (preferably "LT" rated) and a full sized spare, you shouldn't chance it.  We saw several flat tire situations and I believe all got out with some assistance.  Also, carrying a patch kit (they are cheap from Harbor Freight) and even a decent portable 12v tire inflator will add some security.

Great to meet SilverBob and all the other fine folks at the springs!
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Not much to add to tpine's post.  I went in on 4/12 and out on 4/15.  The North Pass Road has never been easier than it is right now.
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Left by the North Pass on 4/9 - pass is dry and easy - smooth sailing. More pleasant than our trip in on the South Pass.  
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UPDATE 4/3: The white truck was towed out around 12pm using a tow dolly and large truck. So the road is cleared. Thanks for the good thoughts, etc. This obviously is an option for those in this predicament who would not like to pay $2000 dollars for a tow from Miller's. I feel for that price for only 20 miles of well graded dirt its not worth it. This was much much cheaper and all part of the adventure. 


To answer a question as to how fast we were going, make and model.....We were only going about 10-15 MPH as the grade/washboard 
does't allow for much faster speeds. We didn't hit anything, it was a catastrophic fail more or less. The Tacoma is stock, a 1998 with 200,000+ miles on it. Sounds like there is a flaw in design for this era of tacomas. Makes me a bit nervous about my 2004 Tacoma now. 
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Went in North Pass on Friday. Smooth sailing in my 02 Tacoma TRD, never even turned on the 4WD.

We had a Mazda CX5 with us on 19" wheels and highway tires, and even they made it with no trouble. All the way to upper springs. Although I am not condoning such behavior [wink] as it is risky to use those tires out there.
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bobhuckaby

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went in Friday and out Monday, North pass really is clear, no snow on the road and ruts filled in between
still use 4x4 to decrease wheel slip on uphill and add control on downhill
not much flowering going on at saline, though some pretty plants with red flowers at the palm springs shower not seen before.
bob from tahoe
andrew

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Just came out of the north pass with 2 SUV crossovers with street tires and it was in tip top shape, had no issues. 
Ifollowzeehawk

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I went into the valley via North Pass on 3/19 and left on 3/26 in a 2006 Subaru Outback. I have AT tires on it, and had chains just in case, but to me the road seemed very manageable. There are some deep ruts, and spots where snowmelt keeps things slick, but my vehicle never slipped. I didn't get into any of the deep ruts, but they weren't too difficult to avoid (I kept it under 25 mph the whole way, and was usually under 20 mph).

I spent my week there backpacking in the Inyos, and there was still snow coming down at elevations lower than North Pass, so conditions may have changed since my visit, and could certainly change in the future. Having chains made me less nervous about getting stuck there if it snowed much during my visit. Having extra days of food is another nice way to clam those nagging worries. 
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