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janzo

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Hey thinking of taking a trip to the Springs second weekend of November...any advice as to whether North Pass or South Pass would be better? No 4wd, one passenger van with decent clearance and one AWD Honda CRV. Coming from the Bay Area. I know to deflate tires, bring extra gas/supplies/spare tires, etc.

It seems from what I've researched that the Northern route is much shorter, but I've also heard its more mountainous and perhaps the roads are currently in worse condition? is this true?

I was considering going the southern route because last time we tried the northern route late in the day we got real lost at night and had to go back[wink] but my instincts are saying take the northern way as to maximize time at the springs...


Thanks for the advice folks!
Thunder58

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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.
Terawanderer

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

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Yep!  Saw that today too.  Good news!
Driver

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DVNP Facebook page says Big Pine - Death Valley road is now open.
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?

Thanks!
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.
gs2offroad

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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
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