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Departed out of the valley on Saturday March 24.  Road dry in good condition following the rains on 3/23.

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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!
Salt Peter

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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!

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Came over the North Pass Saturday afternoon.  No snow on the road.

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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.

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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?

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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

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Much ado about nothing. Almost no snow on the trail. 2wd vehicles with decent tires will have no problem.

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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.
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as of 2/26/2018 north and south pass are good,,  Any 4WD truck/SUV and most high clearance 2WD vehicles won't have any problems.  


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Michelle and I left via North Pass on Feb. 20th.  We were pulling our teardrop trailer with our Land Cruiser.  The road is slowly developing the washboard we all expect after it's been graded.  We didn't encounter anything out of the ordinary.  Any 4WD truck/SUV and most high clearance 2WD vehicles won't have any problems.  If you insist on bringing a Camry or a Jaguar, please let us know how it worked out for you.
Seattle Mitch

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That’s three rollovers I know about since 12.22.17. Geeze. Slowthefuckdown!
has it stopped raining yet dammit
San Felipe

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I came out on 21 February. The road was clear except for this: 13 rolled truck.jpg  I righted the truck for them. The highway patrol came in response to the rollover. There was a fair amount of spilled motor oil. This happened very close to Bat Rock Road as they were leaving.

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Drove in via North pass on Dec 27, left on January 1.  Wish we could have stayed longer.  No trouble except for a broken leaf spring hanger on out toy hauler.  Frame design flaw, weld held but ripped clean hole in trailer frame.  Pete the welder from Bishop fixed us up and reinforced all of the hangers. 
We'll definitely return. hanger.jpg  Pete.jpg  Blade.jpg  Trailer.jpg


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Drove from South to North today (190 to 168) in a Jeep Wrangler and smooth sailing to whole way -- no washboard to speak of and Bat Road was clear too.  I came across this capsized vessel within a 1/2 mile of 168 around 2:30 p.m.  Driver of the Range Rover left a note stating she was OK and had gone to get help.  Didn't see her.  Be careful out there and Happy Holidays!  


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