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Anonymous
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Went in and out over South Pass road, Monday and Tuesday.  The road is degrading, with increasing washboard, washouts, rockiness, and debris, especially near Lippincott turn off and in the canyon going in / out of Saline from the Hunter Mountain junction.  The road leading to the springs is also degrading, but it was never that great so it is less noticeable.  
The pools are posted closed, the pools are dry, supplies are non existent, things look kinda forlorn and unattended.  Burro poop everywhere, the wind is scattering the buckets, brooms, brushes, etc.  It should be relatively easy to get back in order, if and when the pools are allowed open again.  From the look of things, it is gonna be a long time, so hunker down and find something else to do.  112F max temp on Monday - gettin a little warm out there...
dautremont

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Went out over South Pass May 30.  Relatively well graded all the way from the springs to the pass, completely deserted all the way to 190.  Some recent tire tracks very visible.  No fallen rocks in the road at the pass.  Lots of cattle on the climb out and down to Lee flat.
hbmurphy

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Better keep that speed under 3-5 mph so that the washboards don't form. 😉
Terawanderer

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And don't forget to leave it in high 4 X 4 too.....
ADV_AS

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Good advice Gracie 👍
Gracie Grader

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In the valley last week and they had the South Pass road graded all the way past the Springs turnoff when I left.

Drive at 25mph and below and keep from recreating the washboard.
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Please read the posts in General topics concerning the springs.
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I took South Pass out on Tuesday(17th) afternoon and it was great. There was mud at the top and snow had fallen the night before on the hills but the road was clear. The valley bottom has mostly been re graded as had the section from the highway so it was fast in a Subaru.
Anonymous
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Any update on South Pass?
hbmurphy

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None as of noon.
Terawanderer

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No snow in Grapevine ??
hbmurphy

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I just came out around noon.  Met graders on the road.  Everything is very much smooth sailing. Sadly I only got to stay about 15 hours. Coming in we met a few rainbows...

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Terawanderer

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Anyone have current knowledge of South Pass road conditions ??
dautremont

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Went out over South pass Tuesday March 3.  Soft snow in the canyons on the way up, and muddy on Hunters Mountain road, but did not need 4WD at all.  A few moderate rocks fallen in the roadway near the summit, but easy to move with a pry bar, and drive around.   The graders were just starting at Hwy 190 about 2-3 miles in,  but it is probably early to grade into Saline Valley...  The road on the valley floor is generally quite good, with speeds 15-40mph depending on the section.  
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Went in via South Pass on Feb 29. All clear and in decent shape.

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