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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.
slash2

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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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 #24 
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
Sparkus Maximus

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Wow...looking at the photo below, I don't see any tire chains installed...do y'all even carry them with you..?

I live in a deep mountain boonies snow zone, and even with my Jeep & Silverado, I always carry chains, new adjusters, and a shovel...

I'd always want chains with me this time of year, especially if far from home, where cell phone service might not exist... 


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John914

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Beautiful. Thanks for the info, Slash.
slash2

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It was fine a couple of weeks ago when I was there. Took it from South Pass around to Tea Kettle. Some ruts from the earlier wet weather but nothing of much concern.
John914

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Anybody have any info on Hunter mountain? I'm planning to head in that way this weekend (leaving for DV today though).
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