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johnh

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I tried it back in October. The drive down the valley to the point where the road turns left up the mountain is easy. From there, it is badly washed out, big rocks and can only be done at a slow walking pace. Even then it's pretty uncomfortable. After about a quarter mile of this, my passengers rebelled and we turned around, finishing the journey via the main road and the regular road up to Cerro Gordo. Despite being a very long way round, it was probably a lot quicker. I tried to find out about the road afterwards - my impression is that it's doable but will take several hours.

Do please post what you find if you decide to go ahead with it.
Salt Peter

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Cerro Gordo got snow since last night so conditions in Lee Flat may have changed. The White Mountain Talc road can be a bit challenging. Sounds like your rig is capable. Not too many people go that route compared to others. Let us know how it is.
Salt Peter

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Recently drove Bat Rock Road and it seems people have trouble staying within the roadway. Another WTH is wrong with people. Just a middle aged rant.
Sparky of SoCal

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http://www.death-valley.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23211
Driver

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In June the road from Swansea to Burgess Mine and back along the crest to Cerro Gordo was in standard condition and getting heavy traffic.
dautremont

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I drove the coyote loop summer 2016 from bishop to big pine.  Very easy up the hill, through the flats, and down the initial plateau heading south.  then it gets hairy - there is a sign posted that "most difficult "rating ahead, and they mean it.  a few tight spots for wider vehicles, then some large boulders to negotiate over / around - easy to get high centered.  Then very loose, sandy. gravelly, and steep downhill, until the flats west of Big Pine.  Once you are past the big boulders it is not so bad.  Best to drive it from Bishop to Big Pine, to get familiar.  Of course, conditions change all the time.  I drove a lifted Grand Vitara with rear locker and 31" tires.  Very fun but challenging...
Ranger Ric

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Just watched the youtube video of the road...you should get a good idea of what you will be facing...

SilverBob

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I've travelled that road twice.  First time I was on my dirt bike and it was a piece of cake.  The second time was with the PanamintValley.com group.  We had about a half dozen drivers of various levels of experience and rigs ranging from a stock Tacoma to my lifted Hi-Lux.  We all made it, but it was a bit of work to get a couple of the rigs through.  There are only a couple spots where you might have problems, but if you do have problems there, things could go sideways (literally) in a hurry.

The good news is that the first questionable spot isn't too far down from the top.  If you get there and decide you can't or don't want to continue, it's easy to turn around and go back up.  Once you get through the first side hill section though, it would be quite difficult if not impossible to  go back up.

So, if you're asking "Can I make it?"  I dunno.  I've never seen you drive.  A group of experienced drivers should have no issues, but I don't suggest trying it alone.
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.
slash2

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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.
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