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Parx400

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Did Steel pass on motorcycles the 25th. The pass was easier then when I did it in 2012 but the section from the springs there was much harder. The sand road by the dunes were much easier this time as well. 
chrishaynesusa

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My trailer broke at the A frame going form Racetrack to the teakettle junction. 
A jeep came by with a welder and did a field repair and I went out though ubehebe , stovepipe wells and over to Lone pine that Saturday night and limped home.

Ranger Ric

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We did bend a running board on one of the vehicles before we hit the pass from the springs, but no piling rocks etc Silver Bob...this was not with this group...I believe even you can make it.....:}
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Since you all made it out and back in, can we assume that there are no serious obstacles that required winching or any major rock stacking?  Is it just rough in the usual places?  I don't see your friend with the trailer in your picture.  Did he go along?
chrishaynesusa

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Nov 9th 2016 first run was to Eureka dunes form the hot springs.
camp at dunes and run back to the hot springs the next day.

Steel pass done in both directions by the same group of Nissan Xterras and Frontiers


matmiss

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Badwater Rd is still closed.  So is West Side Road.  Reports are that Mengle Pass, or actually the turn just before the pass on the west side is once again AWFUL.  
chmura

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I might be going through Steele Pass on Nov. 14. Please report back on the conditions. Last April I did it solo and it was not to bad with a spotter.

I want to take Mengel Pass to Warm Springs Canyon road to Badwater Road (pavement) and head North and go to Eureka Dunes. Does anyone know if the Bad Water Road is closed?? This is pavement so I am not sure if its still closed or what?
John914

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Great, thanks for the input. It sounds like our trip is getting canceled anyway though.
carexpert

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John914, the part of Steele just south of Marble Bath is a pretty good "Squid Filter" for the remaining part of the trail.  If you can get up to the top of the plateau above the bathtub without much drama, Dedeckera should be very doable for you.
Would I take my lightly massaged '02 Tacoma XtraCab over Steele? Probably, but I would take it in from Eureka for the following reasons:
1) Knowing that I could build up the steps in Dedeckera if I had to.
2) If I couldn't make it through the toughest part in Dedeckera I would not be too heavily invested in time.
3) The tight section past Marble Bath is less likely to result in truck scars going downhill.
4) Hot water awaits ahead.
John914

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Thanks for the heads up. You said traction isn't bad going down. What about for longer wheelbases like your Tacoma? I and some friends were planning a trip through Saline to the Dunes in a couple of weeks. We'd all be driving built 4Runners.
carexpert

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Rode on a dual-sport bike over Steele from dunes on 10/23.  Dedeckera is the worst I've seen it in 30+ years. Major water tore through the canyon exposing more bedrock at steps.  Not impossible but likely very tough for 4wd with open differentials & normal ground clearance.  Navigating was difficult as it looked like we were only 2nd & 3rd vehicles to attempt since flash flood.  Going south it's easy to miss the turn out of wash onto plateau leading to Marble Bath.
The drop into wash bellow switchbacks was extremely rough & tight as it looked like some new boulders fell from up high.  Short wheelbase only unless you are OK with some body damage.  Traction not a huge problem going downhill.
Don't do it at night.
Not sure I would take my Tacoma through for a while...
Hi Desert Warrior

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I spent the last week at palm springs.  I came in during the rain on Sunday.  Tuesday, two pick ups came in from Steele pass, so it was open to travel with 4X4.  Wednesday even a pick up tried to come in at night.  They would get about 800 yards from Palm Springs then turn a round and go back about a quarter of a mile then turn around and try it again.  I used my flashlight as a beacon for them, but they just kept going around in circles.  The last time they were about 500 yards and I could see their flashlights as they walked around.  When they turn around again, I went to bed.  They came in the next morning and thanked me for the beacon of light.  They said they lost the road by taking the road around the right side of the upper springs.  They said the road now goes around the left side of the upper springs.  A Jeep Wangler went out by way of Steele pass on Wednesday, before the night rider came in.
Ranger Ric

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Went up to steel pass yesterday from springs and returned same day....b/c of the rain that fell last Sunday, the road was harder to follow but if you keep looking out in the distance, we keep picking the road up and there was one harder place to find the road...on the way back to the springs, 300 yards before palm springs, the road takes a sharp right and many tire prints went straight...placed some stones to show rt. turn, so hope this helps...by the way, big flood in camp on sunday...almost washed a campers camp away...all is good
chrishaynesusa

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what kind of rig and can you elaborate on road conditions?
rocky,? boulders?
sand washout,
etc.....
Askalyota

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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.  DSC_0560web.jpg  DSC_0576web.jpg  DSC_0563web.jpg
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