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Bandana

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Came over Steel Pass from Eureka on Friday 12/28. Pass is in great shape with the exception of the Tahoe sitting in the middle of the steps with a busted axle. I met the party with the troubles on their way out to Eureka to circle back over to the springs where they're camped. Thankfully they were able to move the Tahoe off to the side so it's passable to others. Good luck to those guys, last  I heard they were heading to Ridgecrest to find a replacement axle. 

Aside from the steps, everything was free and clear. Cruised most of the road from the steps to the pass in 2H and had the usually bumpy rock garden to manage down to the springs after Steel pass.

Happy trails!
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We left the Springs this morning with 2 vehicles, our Land Cruiser and Mark and Debbie's Jeep JK, each towing a teardrop trailer.  We had no trouble whatsoever getting through.  There have obviously been a LOT of vehicles over that trail since I last drove it in early 2017.  The road is easy to follow all the way through Dedeckera Canyon.  Neither Mark nor I even had to stop and look at the steps.  They've been so heavily stacked that we just drove down them without even needing to pick a line.  A well-prepped Subaru like the one we saw camped at Palm Springs should be able to make it through easily.  We passed 8 other vehicles coming in.  Aside from one nicely set-up Toyota Tacoma, the others were all mostly stock 4WD SUVs. There is no "special equipment" needed.

The worst part of the trip was the road between the mouth of Dedeckera Canyon and the Eureka Dune.  The silt was very deep and the ruts could easily trap your wheels in them, making it very difficult to change lines once you started in.  I would definitely NOT recommend this road to anyone without high clearance and 4WD.  

Steele Pass is a beautiful drive with spectacular scenery.  If you and your vehicle are capable, it's not likely to get any easier than it is right now.  Do it before the next thunderstorm makes it fun again!
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I put together the video of our journey through the steps. Not sure how to embed, but here's a link:




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I was through there a couple of weeks ago and saw tracks and droppings in the canyon with the petroglyphs just before the summit. Now I don't know the difference between big horn sheep tracks and droppings and deer tracks and droppings so you can take my info however you like, but I can assure you they were not donkey [smile]

... to help keep the topic relevant, the road was typical Steel Pass, as described in the earlier post.

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joe

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JohnH. :  from 2013 in my FJ:

johnh

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Finally drove Steel Pass and Dedeckera Canyon last Thursday, 10/25. My first time so I can't compare to the past. Everything seemed pretty reasonable. The long road rom the pass to the Springs is pretty rough, lots of medium to large rocks everywhere, very bumpy and not at all good for making happy passengers. But not hard to drive. We did an excellent job of redistributing the piles of gravel on that road!

My first time up the steps, and if I hadn't read so much and seen so many videos, I would have taken one look and turned around! The last one especially looks flat out impossible. But in fact my FJ went up all of them without making the slightest fuss. (33" LT tires, no lift, full underbody protection). I did scrape rocks a few times, but no harm done.
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I went in Steel pass Saturday morning - the road is in standard condition, no surprises.  I came out Sunday on South Pass - the road in the flatter part of the valley is getting rough, with many shallow gullies crossing it, causing very slow driving and bouncing.   The spring road is in average condition.  Windy, about 80F high temp, with about 10 minutes of 1/2" hail at 4pm, completely covering the ground at the palm spring, and melting in 10 - 15 minutes.
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I did Steele from the dunes to the springs in late July - the road was in standard condition and very clear - need to get up the four steps in Dedeckera Cyn as usual, and then just rough road down from the pass the first few miles.  You might not be able to get into or out of Eureka Valley though, due to all the washouts on Death Valley road and Eureka Valley road.  Check the NPS  facebook road conditions site for the latest updates...
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OK, after years of hearing stories of the infamous Miller's Towing of Lone Pine I have my own to tell. Folks at the springs last week may have seen John Miller drive through and up Steele Pass on Wednesday 5/16. He was going up to recover my off-road trailer that had broken an axle one mile south of the top of the pass. This is the same trailer that broke an axle in Striped Butte Valley 4 years ago. OK so maybe I have now learned my lesson... I have certainly paid for the lesson!  John Miller quoted me $3000 to go get the trailer.  He also warned it could cost much more depending on how long it took (he charges by the mile and time, different rate for on-road and off).  It took him 15 hours to get the trailer and he lost a tire and a rim on his fancy flatbed along the way.  Final cost: $4685. Plus repairs and parts and $219 to FedEx in the parts overnight. OUCH.  But I had no choice, I had to get to Flagstaff for the Overland Expo to teach (no, I don't teach risk assessment or "Making a good choice of roads to take").

Best part of the experience? Getting to hear a bunch of stories from John about crazy things he's had to rescue in the valley over the years... I guess I'm one of his stories now too.
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Mid February up Dedeckera was fine. Steel pass was long and laborious but sweet. Saw a Vanagon at steel pass pretty amazing. If the source can be trusted a ranger wrote a ticket to a fella in a taco that was off the main road. I can't substantiate this as it's a second hand account now 3rd.

Back out there next week for some r&r.

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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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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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