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TopoDcat

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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

Salt Peter

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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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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.
dautremont

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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.
TopoDcat

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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. 
Road Gypsy

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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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phodges

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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. 

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Jeffherb

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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.


cowboy roscue

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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.


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Kevin Mokracek

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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.

Borrisl

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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. 

chrishaynesusa

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took 9 rigs over Steel Pass Soth to North over the Veterans day weekend.

nice and clear no obstacles of note.








BigDaddyJEH

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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"
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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 [biggrin]
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