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joe

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Hey, Salt Peter ...

Yeah, I had camped at Eureka Dunes and was at the first staircase by 7:00. March, 2013. Not too smart soloing through there, but you know how that wanderlust urge compels us.
Heading back out to SV mid April. Will camp at Eureka once again, but this time, back out and in via north pass. IDK. Steele is such an adventure !
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Cool video. Makes it look all too easy.
Did you camp out at Eureka? Looks like you're at Dedeckera very early in the day.
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Went north on Steel pass Wednesday, there was a noticeable change since New Year, actually a little easier. Dedeckera Canyon was in good condition, the rock falls are no more difficult than before. I used my driver side slider to get down the middle fall. There are A LOT of playa/silt/mud holes coming around Eureka dunes between the camp and Dedeckera so be mindful if there is rain or sand storm.
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I went down the 'Steps' a few weeks ago, the final step (going down) or the first step (going up) is the only place you my have an issue.  There is an odd angle and a little bit of an over hang that could damage your shell.  It is also very steep.  Generally, people stack a bunch of rocks at the end of the concrete.  You may need to do that depending on your clearance.  

It is a beautiful drive and over all very easy.  The 'Steps' are only 50' long.  I had to pull my friend Xterra over it once, LOL.  


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This was two years ago but maybe it will help for reference. I've since traded in the jeep for 2nd gen Tacoma with a pop up but I haven't ran Steel pass in it yet, I'm guessing the little bit wider wheel base would be the only issue.

Post some pics if you do it!

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VegasNaturist

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We came out through Steel late October in our Rubicon without issue, well except getting blown up...

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I did Steele Pass from Eureka Valley to Saline Valley 3 weeks ago with no trouble.  If you can make it in through Dedeckera Canyon steps, then the rest should be fine.
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i drove out 10.13.17 with good clean road the whole way to eureka. some sections seemed like well manicured gravel. otherwise the route was plainly well traveled and unambiguous from the spring up. not at all like several routes ago when i got lost in the wash spending hours trying to relocate the recently erased track

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I did Steele Pass around Halloween and with my lightly modded Tacoma and camper the pass wasn't a big issue but the steps/falls in Dedeckera Canyon were far more challenging than approximately four years ago. I had to stack rocks for each step/fall. There was a big group of rigs that went out and back so I'd guess they'd unstacked a lot to make it more fun for them.

Sounds like you know what you're doing so you shouldn't have issue.
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Thanks Bob. unfortunately were only taking one rig... on the bright side its a 2015 tacoma trd offroad with locker and there will be 4 of us including my friend who is a master mechanic. I also bring a walkout pack incase anything ever hit the fan... also 2 extra spares and a plug kit, compressor, extra water.... I think well be fine Well be coming in to saline from steele

-Hans
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I saw at least a dozen vehicles going in and out Steele Pass over Halloween. Nobody reported having any problems.

Be prepared, don't go alone. You'll be fine.
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I went from Eureka dunes to Saline springs last weekend.  The pass was in standard condition with excellent tracks, easy to follow.  Dedeckera not too bad, about average. Suzuki Grand Vitara, 2" lift, 31" tires, rear locker.  Beautiful drive!  About two hours from the dunes to the uppermost springs.
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I spent five hours and forty five minutes driving between palm spring and eureka dune, on thursday 3/09/17, route in good condition, plenty of gravel and cobbles and a few sharp rocks. I always enjoy the drive up the alluvial fan and take my time doing it.
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I also exited the valley via Steele Pass on the 21st.  I left Palm Springs at 11:00 am in my '94 Land Cruiser towing my teardrop trailer.  I had no issues, but there were a couple tricky spots where the trail was re-routed by the last big flood.  Longer or wider vehicles might have some issues snaking between the boulders without sheet-metal contact.  There was no snow, fallen rocks, or stuck campers to deal with, and I was able to carefully straddle most of the mud holes in the Eureka Valley. 

As for the steps, I don't see any need for any more rock stacking.  It's all about picking the good line and going slow and smooth.  If you're gonna stack any more rocks, you might as well concrete the whole thing and drive Camrys in that way.

I left at 11:00 and was in Bishop at 4:00 pm. 
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