Death Valley Riding Condition

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by 2on2off, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

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    you plan on riding from Vegas to DV and use Vegas as base camp? ride from VEgas to DV every day?
    Coming from that side do titus canyon first.
    Then crankshaft/teakettle/racetrack/lipendcott/saline valley road
  2. jrsride2002

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    Amen! I second that. Titus was amazing my first trip.... And probably going to be amazing still on my last trip

    Saline gives you a BUNCH of sights so from their, find a new trail a rock it out!

    Have a fun which ever direction you choose to go,:freaky
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  3. 2wheeladv

    2wheeladv Lost & lov'n it

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    Thanks for the trail advice. It looks like one day will be dirt riding to Laughlin, one day DV and a shorter ride (yet to be determined, closer to Vegas). The Gazzetteer shows a handful of dirt routes to Laughlin, any recommendations :ear
  4. Low594

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    Raining in furnace creek for the last 5 hours. Warm and 57 degrees.
  6. jrsride2002

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    My local news dude, said So Cal is going to be freakishly cold in a couple weeks or for a couple weeks... Dont remember anymore, but that was the jist of what I do remember.

    Hope ya'll got a Klim Badlands coat

    ~Junior
  7. christian

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    Any update on snow condition on the pass? Hunter? South pass?
    Going there in 2weeks, can change a lot since then in know, but some pointers?
  8. verge

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    Saturday 1/26/13 I rode from Bishop out to Eureka sand dunes via Death valley road on a KLR 650. No snow and the roads were smooth. The road behind the dunes was sandy but managable. Dedeckera canyon was in good shape and no big deal. Steel pass has had some 4x4's through it and it was easy to follow and pretty good shape. I took North pass back to Bishop. It is in great condition and I made good time getting home. There were a couple of small icy snow sections that were easy to avoid. It may be raining or snowing out there today but it was all good yesterday.
  9. christian

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    thanks
  10. verge

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    Saturday 2/2/13. I rode solo on my KLR 650 From Panamint over Goller wash, Mengal, Butte valley and Warm springs. I took West Side road to over to Furnace Creek and the highway back to Panamint. It was my first time riding that road so I have nothing to compare it to, But it all seemed in pretty good shape. The short downhill with the rocks in Mengal was easy but I dont know if I could have gone back up it by my self or not. The whole trip is a bit rocky but fun.
  11. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Thanks Verge:

    That was exactly the information I was looking for on Steele Pass. From your report, there was no or little snow and ice on North Pass. Did you happen to get any pictures?

    Thanks for the update on Mengel and Goler Wash as well.
  12. Lost Roadie

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    As of today no ice on south pass, or over hunter mountain, and Cerro gordo is passable with minimal ice thats easily avoidable. Perfect weather around DV now. (:


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    Do you live in DV or what?
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    Excellent ! going there in 10 days. I hope it stays that way - I'd like to do hunter, never been there.
  15. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Same here. 7 of us trailering down on the 15th for a couple days riding. :clap
  16. traveltoad

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    'Tis the season! We'll be there in a couple weeks as well.
  17. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Wow.......this is all great news about the current conditions. Might be out there this weekend.

    Just remember that conditions change with each storm that comes through so check the weather report.

    One winter, about 5 years ago, while coming down to the intersection of Lippencott Mine Road and Saline Valley Road, I talked with some college students in an Acura (they had already had one flat and one rear quarter panel has been ripped off by some rocks). They wanted directions to the Hot Springs so we helped them out. The weather was great that day but later that night it snowed on north and south pass so they were probably stuck at the hot springs for I don't know how long.

    In a situation like that, you can only ride out Lippencott or Steele Pass so be prepared to do that or wait it out at the Hot Springs if the weather suddenly changes because a snow storm can close both North and South Pass.

    The weather forecast for this weekend looks good with a chance of rain on Friday.

    The BMW Airhead Rally will be at Furnace Creek Feb 15-18 for those interested.
  18. Lost Roadie

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    Swansea Cerro gordo is also passable, though there is some snow left @9000 feet. Luckily a jeep had been through there and busted many of the big drifts. According to the tram cabin logbook nobody but me and 1 jeep been through there in a long time. No packed ice with no traffic, just snow. Was warm mid day up there, snow was melting and supported the bike weight where deep for the most part. Played on some snowy single track up in there mountains too, been a good solo exploring trip with no loops needed, camped where I felt. Almost connected to salt tram from saline without going on Cerro gordo... Needed a partner to get any further.
    Hunter and hidden valley, cerro godro to salt tram are good to go.
    More road info to follow along with some photos.

    Swansea Cerro gordo, 9200'
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    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    This crew will be at the Airhead Rally Feb 15 at Furnace Creek on a couple of their own Airheads.

    I posted this with the Tapatalk App just to see how it works. I like that you can take a pic with a smartphone while on the trail and then upload it when you have a cell signal. I plan to do this on my next trip to the desert so I can post "real time" pics and updates like Lost Rider has been doing. Now I have to figure out if I can upload video as well. Looks like a great app especially since I mainly take pics and video with my iPhone these days and don't carry a camera very often.