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dautremont

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A young man on a motorcycle inbound to South Pass on Friday collided with an outbound vehicle, mildly injuring the bike rider, and requiring he be transported to Panamint Springs, along with his bike, so his injuries could be tended to.  
Just another warning to all, to be cautious and careful on these narrow back country roads.
Smiffy1892

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Travelled south pass Sunday 26th March - no major obstacles but the washboard is as bad as anything I've driven in the past 5/6 years or so....just my experience....
Flipper

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Traveled the south pass on Wednesday the 15th. No snow or large boulders. The road is rough with rocks and lot's of washboard but no serious problems. 
dautremont

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Washboard roads are usually not from the grading equipment.  Any speed over about 5mph will cause eventual washboarding, especially with heavier vehicles and larger tires. 

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2007/aug/20/physicists-hit-the-rippled-road

To reduce the washboard, vehicles would have to travel somewhat below the threshold of 5mph, for the entire 40-50 mile dirt road length - about 8-10 hours or more travel time, one way!
RC Pilot Jim

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Went out Sat the 17th. There has been no recent comments because the road and pass are as good as before the rain. Well except for the horrible washboard on the section between the Tram and where the road turns to climb the hill...well maybe a little further than that. 

Anyway as I was driving across the "berm" shoulder at about 8:30am going south and looking over at the washboard and noticed the pattern was consistent bank to bank and wondered if the county grader had "tank tracks" not tires?? That might account for its severity.

Pop up camper on Tacoma 4WD aired down to 28 pounds. Time 2.5 hours to the summit. 3 hours to pavement. average speed 14.5 mph. Now that North is open going to go that way in the future.
yubert

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Looks like someone removed the boulder. I went out on South Pass last night, 3/7/2017, it was dark but I didn't see the boulder.  
jeepdays

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OK I used 2WD and never lost traction or had my tires spin, i.e. the road was not "extra torn up" by me, nor was it necessary to waste fuel using 4x4. The road was in fine condition.
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Just came out the pass today.  No snow or mud at all.  The boulder is just north of the Hunter Mt turnoff and shouldn't be a problem for anyone.  It is the biggest rock I have seen fall onto the road in a long time.  Only 15 vehicles at the springs this weekend....
Dusty Trails

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X3 on 2wd making the washboard worse.  Do everyone a favor and use the 4x4 if possible.  It is better for the road and the vehicle.
Salt Peter

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New signage is gonna be put up in South Pass
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I agree on the use of 4WD even when conditions allow for 2WD use.
Hoping to make it out in a couple weeks.
sunny okanogan

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bob is right. having lived the last 35 years on dirt road that
is a mini saline rd i'v seen 2wd drive tear up the road much worse than 4wd. the road never had washboard until it was improved enough to drive faster on. when the road was bad the 2wd's couldn't drive fast, but when they could washboard wasn't far behind
Monte

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Agree, 2wd adds extra pressure on many parts of the vehicle and may also cause unsafe driving condition
bobhuckaby

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IMHO the people who brag about not using 4wd are making the washboard buildup worse, wheelspin on dirt is unavoidable and 2wd is more so
Bob from Tahoe
jeepdays

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Just came back through the South Pass on Monday Feb. 27th. Easy ride. Boulder was not an obstacle for my Jeep. Very little mud and never used 4x4. 
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