Registered: 1419805884 Posts: 8
Went out North pass a week ago. In good shape but had some rough spots and light to medium washboarding.
Airing down tires (don't do this for standard car tires- or sidewall punctures are more likely) if they are off road tires gives smother ride. Entered via South pass which is in better shape.
Registered: 1265126319 Posts: 25
i was there for the week after easter and i think north and south passes were in very good condition except for some washboard as usual , this goes to show why you cant rely on other peoples road reports , you have three different opinions of the road all of which were driven aprox. the same time
Registered: 1265122403 Posts: 378
I drove in the North Pass on Saturday, April 21st and came out yesterday, the 24th. I'd say the road is in "Standard" condition, given the circumstances. It was graded smooth late last year, which makes everybody think they can drive way too fast. The washboard we see now is the direct result of that behavior. The stretch just north of Willow Creek is very bad, as usual, but the washboard is quickly creeping up the grade and even the top of Whippoorwill Flat is getting rough.
Take your time, enjoy the drive and everything will be fine.
Registered: 1347014451 Posts: 581
Left North Pass earlier this week and it is in the worst condition I've seen it in for a long time. Very washboarded and rocky. No washouts as to be expected since there has been little rainfall/precipitation in the area this past season.
Registered: 1270077069 Posts: 31
I came out the North Pass on Monday, 4/2/2018. It was a piece of cake. No snow at all on the road. One could make it in and out with a conventional two wheel drive sedan.
But be aware that rain is forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, 4/5, and some of it might get to Saline Valley.
Registered: 1488219760 Posts: 1
I'll be leaving the Sacramento area tomorrow morning, headed for Middle Springs, via North Pass. I don't see anything "today" recent on this post, regarding road conditions, but I assume everything is OK. I'll see you all tomorrow, and will be camping until this Sunday, April 1st. Looking forward to the visit, and I'm looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful friends I've acquired over the years during my visits to Saline Valley. __________________ I'm a happy Saline Valley "camper" and explorer. Please feel free to email me anytime, as I love meeting new friends.
Registered: 1507482595 Posts: 10
Departed out of the valley on Saturday March 24. Road dry in good condition following the rains on 3/23.
Registered: 1266000795 Posts: 28
Came in north today. Bone dry except for one small puddle. The breeze was picking up though so probably better to stay home. ;-)
Safe travels, enjoy!
Registered: 1347014451 Posts: 581
There is snow in the Whites so the northern Inyos are probably getting moisture too. Please report back for both North Pass and Lippencott. Thanks!
Registered: 1519570787 Posts: 1
Came over the North Pass Saturday afternoon. No snow on the road.
Registered: 1520924786 Posts: 1
Came out on 3/9/18. North pass was good. A few patches of wetness, but no biggie. A bit washboardy on the valley floor.
Registered: 1520395873 Posts: 1
Looking at the forecast it seems like there may be snow at elevation on Sat. Anyone have a sense about road conditions and thoughts about snow melt this timeOf year?
Registered: 1520352514 Posts: 2
came down north pass yesterday 3/5/18 on a adventure bike
a couple patches of thin snow and a couple patches of ice in the shade not an issue at all
Registered: 1486490672 Posts: 1
Much ado about nothing. Almost no snow on the trail. 2wd vehicles with decent tires will have no problem.
Registered: 1519678365 Posts: 3
Snow still present over North Pass, but melting rapidly (saw noticeable change between yesterday afternoon going in and this afternoon going out). Still snowy in a few shady areas. Plus light flakes falling this evening at the top where dirt meets blacktop (Death Valley & Saline Valley Rds. junction).
Accepted the Camry challenge and succeeded. Camry did well, just kept it very slow (like 5 hours each way) and let 1/3 air out of tires when left the pavement. Carried two spare tires, fix-a-flat, two cheap fence boards, rubber traction mats, tire pump and plugs and—most important—shovel. Only issue was two spots going uphill on return trip on the snow. Had to cut out about 20 feet of snow and use the fence boards. But the snow/ice is really compacted and flakes right up with a shovel, it's not iced hard into the dirt. Still, will not repeat with a 2WD sedan despite success. May be worth the adventure if out of necessity, but still relying hard on luck. Nerve-wracking. Plus folks give you lots of worried looks. Photos are 2/28 and 3/1.