Registered: 1265075744 Posts: 76
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.
Registered: 1392417285 Posts: 3
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).
Registered: 1449274480 Posts: 24
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.
Registered: 1299709852 Posts: 6
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?
Registered: 1352577679 Posts: 132
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
Registered: 1485493549 Posts: 3
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
Registered: 1264818129 Posts: 353
Dusty, why dont you read any of the number of posts recently submitted just above yours?
Registered: 1426868574 Posts: 5
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
Registered: 1485263962 Posts: 1
Came out of the valley today. Road a little wash board but no snow and hardly any mud.
Registered: 1265075744 Posts: 76
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.
Registered: 1445010853 Posts: 6
Came out the North Pass today and it was nice. Couple muddy snow melt patches but nothing bad.
Registered: 1265098738 Posts: 43
Currently, Mar. 17, the Big Pine road is listed as open. Actually, now almost all the roads are open again - Titus opened yesterday, Artist's Drive open with nice new pavement, West Side road open and not muddy (much).... just Scotty's and lower Wildrose still closed. And Hunter Mtn still very much snow and mud.
Registered: 1489716454 Posts: 1
We came out North Pass Wed am with no problems. Have a Tacoma w/16" clearance, used high range 4x4 but the clearance is no problem. 2 women came in over the weekend when the snow was really deep with mud and they made it in a Subaru hatchback.
Registered: 1489616302 Posts: 3
Any updated information on North Pass would be appreciated. Also, whether anyone has gone over the Death Valley road from Big Pine to Ubehebe (which I understand has a closed sign) since it was closed and knows the condition. We hope to go over either of these roads, but preferable North Pass into the Saline on the 18th. Two 2nd generation Tacoma's with Four Wheel Campers, 4wd, lockers, beefed up shocks, series E 10 ply tires, onboard air, and recovery gear but no winch. Thanks to all who contribute here. It is a great resource.
Registered: 1347014451 Posts: 514
I'm with encore. Relax and recharge. If you want to jam out to loud music just put some headphones on and go for it. You won't be disturbing the peaceful silence and serenity of Saline.
Terrawanderer is correct with his account of those Tacoma's shortcomings.