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Salt Peter

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I know the crest of the Whites got a dusting but from looking at the Owens Lake webcam the Inyos appear snow free. I'd bet there will be new road updates soon since it is Thanksgiving and lots of people heading in.

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Went in North pass Nov. 3 rd, came out yesterday, the change in road conditions were unbelievable.
Going in, the road was a pleasure to drive on, until after Willow creek.
Going out the road was about the same from springs to Willow Creek; the alluvial fan and Whipoorwill Canyon were fair and showed the most change in conditions, on top it was not too bad.

Going out we were passed by eleven vehicles, also going out, cars and small trucks.
Never saw them again, but by the dust clouds, they were all traveling way too fast.
This type of driving is the major cause of the reported punctured tires and rapid wash-board build-up.
We saw plenty of potential tire-poking rocks along most of the road.

We passed 4 vehicles going out, all were parked at side of road.
In 24 years going to the springs, I have not had any rock caused flats on my truck, only one nail at the springs.
However, it did take me a little more than 3 hours from springs to Big Pine; fast for me.

Happy Soaks

Sam D.

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Went in on Sat and came back last night. The N. Pass got significantly worth in just 5 days. When I was coming in I barely experienced the washboard on the graded section. When I was driving out I felt new and still mild washboard at many portions. Quite few people experienced tire punctures. It was a wishful thinking the road stayed so great. I'd give it another 2 weeks before the washboard gets bad.

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The Inyo County road crew did a fantastic job on the North Pass as far as Willow Creek.  The road is as good as it's ever been, albeit quite dusty.  The part between Willow Creek and the Bat Rock turnoff is still rough with very sharp washboarding.  Bat Rock Road is in normal condition with nothing to cause any concern.

The crew is done now, and they've taken the graders back out of the valley, presumably to get ready for snow removal in the coming months.  Rather than hauling ass on the new road surface just because we can, maybe we could try taking it easy for a while and enjoying the trip.  That would keep the road smoother longer.........
Yeah, I know.  Ain't gonna happen.  I can dream though, right?

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Traveled in via N. Pass on 10/27 and back out on 10/30.  As previously reported, the road is in excellent condition at higher elevations yet devolves to heavy washboard round about Willow Creek.  

*The fastest way in and out of the valley is to drive slow and avoid damaging your vehicle. 

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Hi there, I was on North Pass the weekend of OCT 13 and the road was no problem. No washouts and no areas requiring 4x4. I aired down and stayed at a low speed and enjoyed the view. No idea on weather since then, but graders has graded the road 19.2 miles from the pavement. Rest was just standard washboard. Should have no problem with a Ram truck at all. The Death Valley Road Conditions Facebook page has up to date info as reported by visitors and the rangers. I sent them a FB message to get current conditions and they responded within a day.

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when out on North Road yesterday.  It is ok, there still are a couple small washouts, but graders are hard at work.  
Sam D.

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My last info has been that the graders made it to Marble Canyon about 1/3 of the way from pavement to the Bat Rd. Both passes can wash out and become impassable after the first rain or snow. The roads do not get graded to the springs. The graders do not grade the Bat Rd so the last 7 miles sometimes are the worst part.

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North Pass in good condition. Upper part is being graded so much smoother. Last hour and a half still washboarded but driveable.

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North Pass in good condition.....came in on Saturday with no problems for any high clearance 4 X 4....

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I don't know about a specific brand but always get link chains (with the studs) and not the ones they sale for cars (radial tires). You want as much bite as you can get off road.

Nordic Double Diamond Studded Net Link Chains

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The most accurate forecast,I've found,is here-

here's the N pass-


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For those interested, here is a link to weather at the top of the pass:

lon=-118.024972, lat=37.072629

And, of course, weather in the valley:

lon=-117.462280, lat=36.481972
Major Tom

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Please post any up to date information on the north pass in this thread. Anything older than 30 days will be subject to deletion as we go along.
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