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kurt765

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Went to the Racetrack via Ubehebe on Saturday 5/27. Per NPS graded a few weeks ago at least from the volcano to Teakettle Junction and a little beyond. Reverts to hellish washboard along the playa to the junction with Lippincott. Grading machine was parked by Teakettle. I wish they would do the part along the Racetrack Playa itself, because that part is awful. You can't even go faster to get on top of it, so I would say that section at least is as bad as ever. Saw a passenger car there.
Explored into Hidden Valley a bit and it was also well graded and smooth.
genocache

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No I haven't left yet. No set time for me to go and life conspires against me.
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Oriental Wash was no problem a few weeks ago, but the highlight of that route was Gold Point, a fun spot to stop and look at all the old mining paraphernalia, especially in the old bar, that would be a fun place to spend a couple of hours before finding a campsite.

Genocache, did you make to the Magruder Corridor? I'm considering a hot springs tour trip up that way in June and I was wondering if it's passable that time of year.

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slash2

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Thanks for the input everyone! Nothing like learning about a new road to try or a new spot to visit to to get me excited about packing up and heading out. Enjoy your trip to Idaho genocache.

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dautremont

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The Oriental Wash road turn off from DV road is hard to find.  The road is very sandy and fun to drive.  Check out the ruins at Stateline at the east end of the Oriental wash road.  There is a nice, slightly challenging trail from there going a little northwest toward Varnan spring, then turn north to Lida, then back east toward Gold Point.  A fun day drive...
genocache

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From Elk City, ID to Darby, MT, 101 miles.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nezperceclearwater/recarea/?recid=16482
slash2

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Now you've got me curious again, I grew up in Idaho but I've never heard of the Magruder Corridor, mind filling me in on that one?
genocache

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Slash, I am thinking of doing the Oriental Wash route, Never been that way so I cannot say what there is to see. I am heading up to do the Magruder Corridor in Idaho from Rainbow Basin near Barstow via DV and Black Rock.
slash2

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That's right, now I remember, but what would the route from Gold Point to there be? I see some possibilities but i can't tell from Google maps which way Genocache is reffering to. Is it Oriental Wash that plugs into DV road south of Crankshaft junction or do you jog north from Oriental Wash  at the CA NV border and come straight into Crankshaft junction.
I know the correct answer is take your time and try them all, but I'm just curious to know if there is one route that's more interesting than the other.
Salt Peter

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Crankshaft Junction is before the Crater mine when coming to Eureka from DV proper. Look on a map for DV and the Grapevine Entrance Station near Scotty's Castle and Ubehebe. Follow that dirt road north. Before turning west to Crater you will be at Crankshaft.
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Genocache, would you mind detailing that route out a little bit for me, I've heard of Crankshaft Junction but I'm not remembering where it is. I'm considering an option like that as part of a big loop through Black Rock Desert, Nothern Nevada and Death Valley in early May as well. What is there cool to see and do between Gold Point and Steel Pass? 

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genocache

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Thank you Bob! I am thinking of doing it in May.
SilverBob

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Genocache, a group calling themselves "ROF" (Retired Old Farts) did that exact route in March.  They had a bunch of Tacomas, Jeeps, trailers, etc.  No problems were reported and everyone made it just fine.
SunMan

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Most likely.
genocache

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Hi,

    I am looking to find out if the road is passable from Steel Pass to Crankshaft Junction and then on to Gold Point after all the rain the winter?

Thanks,
genocache
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