Registered: 1486630007 Posts: 6
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.
Registered: 1265122403 Posts: 421
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.
Registered: 1391036362 Posts: 5
Steel Pass 02-21-2017 clear, technical driving up mountain above wash, staircase needs to be built up a little in spots, ripped reciever electrical out of hitch assembly down one of the rock stairs, bent hitch assembly. Nissan X-Terra Off Road 4×4
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Registered: 1410285876 Posts: 5
Just drove in and out the Steel. Only a few parties at the Springs, a rear wheel drive van and a subaru had come in Lipincott and were headed back out that way.
Gotta include one of my co-driver!
Registered: 1485061049 Posts: 1
As of 1-28 steel pass was smooth. The end of the wash, before the marble tub, was much smoother than last time I did it. There was some snow on the top before the staircase. I had no issues in a stock first gen tacoma.
Registered: 1265316682 Posts: 1
Crossed Steele on Saturday, 1/14/17. Road was in average shape, but the rock staircases seemed deeper and steeper than in my memory (am I getting soft?). It was a challenge to get my full sized dodge through some of them, but we did without a scratch.
Registered: 1452396689 Posts: 10
Drove over Steele Pass less than a month ago and right after a bit of snow and rain.
I had driven out the same way a month before that and nothing much had changed. Expect some minor route finding for the first few miles above the springs as the wash can trick those not paying attention and lead you up a dead end. If it starts to get really tricky and you don't see tire tracks or an obvious route turn around and look for the path most travelled. The crux is about a mile below the pass and is a rock garden that would be tough to navigate in a long wheelbase truck. I have a 4 door Jeep Rubicon and it was a breeze with the diff locks in that section, it's doable without lockers but just expect your wheels to spin a bit, go slow and gear low and you will be fine. The only other crux is the steps in Dedeckera Canyon before the dunes. Same thing, slow and gear low and you will be fine. A word of caution in this section is if you have a shell or camper you may hit the wall if you don't pick your line right.
Registered: 1448414233 Posts: 1
Drove the pass N to S on 12/30. Easily passable, no extreme problems. some technical skills required for Dedeckera canyon but nothing extra ordinary.
Registered: 1388982107 Posts: 14
took 9 rigs over Steel Pass Soth to North over the Veterans day weekend.
nice and clear no obstacles of note.
Registered: 1462561975 Posts: 42
There are a couple of areas that you need to be careful going around some washed out sections, but not difficult. Also, there are two section that have some big holes from people spinning tires on. The bottom to Saline Road is rocky and the washes can change and be a little tricky. Overall, not difficult for "Well prepared rigs"
Registered: 1388032894 Posts: 28
Well i put some more tracks down for you to day 10/01/2016 and thanks for the flagging it was a big help.. the road returns to normal about 5 miles past the upper spring. we as far as the marble bath. then came back. it was time to get more BEER
Registered: 1265122403 Posts: 421
Here's a report I got from our friend, Mitch. Sounds like Steele Pass Road got hammered again. The Steel pass road has been washed out from Palm Springs up, but I don't know how far up. Lee said some vehicles went up put didn't come back so they made it through (or they are still there). Patrick K. and I worked on the road to the upper spring via the same route used in the last 3 years. (Patrick was out there in July and posted the flood video.) I flagged the road and we moved some rocks. All it needs now is some traffic. The flagging I used will probably degrade by the end of the month but there should be some folks going over the pass by then. We did not work on the road beyond that, although we looked at it. The pre-2013 route looks rough but the post-2013 route (the one I built to my van) may be doable. I am worried that people will leave tire tracks all over up there until a single route is established again.
Registered: 1381907714 Posts: 1
The north eastern sections of Saline Valley toward Steele Pass received significant amounts of rain on the night of the 1st of July 2016. Lower and Palm Spring were flooded but not severely, see https://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickkirchmann/sets/72157670677855626 4mi of the Bat Road closest to the springs washed yet remain in drivable condition. North and South Pass were unaffected as of 07/02/2016. Steele Pass Road north of the Upper Spring seems to have washed severely though as the storm was ragging there and in Eureka Valley. The washes were very active, the sound of boulders rolling could be heard all night. I did not venture up Steele and it promises to be an interesting drive. Look out for remains of a green Jeep Cherokee: three first-timers ventured up Steele only 1-2 hours before the storm hit - they did not return to camp that night or the next morning by 8am. Maybe they made it to the dunes? __________________ Pain is temporary - Glory is forever
Registered: 1452396689 Posts: 10
I came over Steele Pass on December 29, just after a snow storm the night before. The road through Dedecker had a few inches of snow and the section from the top to the springs had the usual tough spots. I would doubt very much that a Outback could make it without severe damage.
BTW I was driving a stock Rubicon Unlimited.
Registered: 1398380772 Posts: 1
Went thru Dedeckera Canyon on 4/12. Steele Pass thru the canyon was in good shape. It looks pretty much like the images posted. Very slow going all the way to Middle Springs. Took us about 5 hrs. We made stops along the way to take pictures. Lots of wild flowers.