Glad I wasn't there.
You won't believe this but sometime around 1995 I drove my stock 86 Nissan 4x4 4 cyl pickup all the way from Klondyke to the Rug Rd. I had no idea where we were but when we got half way up the hill I though maybe we better stop and hike up to see the rest. The rugs were covering a section that was loose decomposed granite not the bedrock that it looks like is there now. We were low on gas and hoping to get out that way to Mammoth but I decided not to risk the hill because there was already a truck there that had slid off the hill and rolled to the bottom. We turned around and drove ALL the way back and came out by Turkey Cr. and on to Klondyke. I can say that was the worst drive of that trucks life for sure.
The road looks much more washed out than it was then but there were tons of loose rocks just like that. I had to just gun it and fling rocks. I definitely want to see where that alternate route goes before I go back.
"If yer gonna be dumb you gotta be tough."
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