Death Valley Riding Condition

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

  1. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Any one done Cerro Gordo... and east over to White Talc Mine road... back to 190 ?
  2. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Rode N/E from Cerro Gordo 2 years ago. The road dead ends and I didn't think there was much to see. I understand the road down hill from Cerro Gordo heading N/E has seen some damage from the heavy rains the past two summers.

    We all need to hear from someone who has ridden it lately.

    Cerro Gordo is over 8,000 ft so they may have gotten some snow and ice from the storm that is going through parts of California right now.

    Call the Cerro Gordo care taker, Robert, for current conditions at: 760-876-5030
  3. sinuhexavier

    sinuhexavier Adventurer

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    Just rode 190 to South Pass into Saline and over Lippencott to the Race Track and out to Scotty's...

    South Pass on Wednesday was muddy with patches of ice, but had been recently bulldozed. Yes bulldozed not graded. From South Pass to 190 a grader had been working making for a variable road surface with sucker holes filled with silt. There was fresh snow up there this morning, 2-4 inches.

    Saline to Lippencott was mellow with nothing to report...

    Lippencott yesterday was a highway. A few loose marbles here and there but we brought 5 1200 Gs's and one even had a sidecar up it. My 800xc fared the best..

    The road from the racetrack out was a loose washboarded hell that only seemed to smooth out at about 45-50 mph...

    There was a "moisture event" as the ranger liked to call it with snow down to about 5k feet. Not a lot, only 2-4 inches at best... Temps were chilly up high today and the wind was nuking...
  4. vietsomot

    vietsomot n00b

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    weather was cold. during the day it was fine about 35-55. at night it dropped to pretty low, nothing froze. sunny. it was nice. right amount of gear does the trick.
  5. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    Trona Wildrose is open as of Sunday 2-2-14. The barricades are down.I even tested the repair area still in gravel, top speed on the 640 is 96MPH with 16/47 gearing. Smooooth! :lol3 no CHP in sight.
    Titus is good to go on a Goldwing, Echo canyon is the usual loose gravel most of the way through with a rock step halfway through, our group had a 950A & 950SE. Both made it no problem.

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    Titus Canyon 1-1-2014
  6. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    Titus was a little chewed up in the middle from rain runoff.
    Lippencott was the same as usual... rocky, fist sized rocks everywhere, a few steps (we went up).
    Steel Pass and the wash just above the hot springs is a little chewed up from rain runoff.
    Echo Canyon is exactly the same.
    Chloride Cliffs and the road to it is the same, smooth gravel.

    pretty much the whole park is doable on any dual sport by an experienced rider. and is all open.
  7. Countdown

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    Morning report today says:
    Panamint Valley Road is open with gravel and 1-lane in places
    Wildrose is Closed.
  8. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    The wildrose sign is laying face down, its wide open:D
  9. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Wow, the KTMs didn't break down? That must be a first...

    JG
  10. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    Only the Suzukis (broken chain guides)and Husky (blown engine)had issues, the KTM's worked flawlessly.

    As always.:wink:
  11. theGrinch

    theGrinch SNF Dream Riders

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    Even Rob's abused bike.

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  12. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Must have been some voodoo and star/planetary alignment going on....

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  13. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    No, just superior Austrian engineering.:evil

    How would you know anyhow, you ride a Triumph.:lol3
  14. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    'zactly :ricky
  15. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Ha ha. I had a 950 for years. That is how I know.

    Besides, I regularly work on 950/990 on almost every trip I go on. Something is always going wrong with them...

    They are great machines IF they are running.... Don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about. Just friendly jabs here my friend...

    @pcvance and @RAZR, I don't see a 950/990 on your bike resume... So how would either of you know?

    JG
  16. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    i don't own a 950/990:deal
  17. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    They don't. They have lite-bikes, which are rather quite good from KTM, and that's what they're talking about, ad infinitem.
    It's the LCx's that have so many problems.

    Let's get back to DV riding conditions...
    Did anyone get a wheel on the grade coming off Cerro Gordo down to Saline? We are trying to plan rides for the noobs and hear it got washed out really bad and virtually impassable. A few of us may go up ahead of time to pre-ride it. Maybe a trip to Lone Pine or Bishop and put a couple'a rides in.
  18. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    Someone posted the gate keepers phone # there in cerro gordo, im sure he'll know.

    RIDE ON!
  19. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Planning a ride through North/South Passes, warm springs and Lippincott.

    This recent storm could have dropped several inches of snow in that area. Anyone riding Saline Valley this weekend? Would like to get a report of the rain and any snow that fell.

    It is suppose to be very warm next weekend in DV so I'm wondering if any snow or ice that has fallen might melt by then.
  20. oldbmw

    oldbmw havehandlebarswillrideit

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    Any current intel?