Death Valley Riding Conditions

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

  1. yobuddy

    yobuddy Been here awhile

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    Anyone been through Lippincott lately. Just curious, heading down there soon and I know how conditions can change season to season.

    Thanks!
  2. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    From another site. Sounds like standard condition for Lippincott.
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  3. heirhead

    heirhead worlds worst mechanic

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    Don’t do it, he won’t be your buddy for long!

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  4. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    DV is getting some rain and snow at higher elevations.

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  5. desertsteve

    desertsteve Adventurer

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    Hmm, my Dad and I were planning on heading out there this coming week. The plan is (was?) to stage at Panamint Springs, then head through Saline Valley, out to Big Pine, then come back via the Eureka Dunes to Steel Pass, and back to PS for a burger and beer. Considering doing Hunter Mtn -> Tea kettle Jct -> Lippincott -> Saline Valley Rd on the way "in" if the road isnt bad.

    Hopefully North and South pass will be clear(ish) of any snow/ice when we come through, fingers crossed.
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  6. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    This was from Longstreet Hotel/Casino. Awesome weather day.

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  7. el Pete

    el Pete toda su base

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    Was snowing pretty good in the Emigrant Pass on Sunday. A mile or two past this and everything was covered in snow, including the road, bike, visor and my glasses. Was a pretty miserable 10 miles before we dropped into Stovepipe Wells. A lot of people trying to make it to Panamint on the 190 turned around.


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  8. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    Wow! Crazy what a week or two can make! I just did that road in just an off road jersey!
  9. talcon

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  10. slidewayes

    slidewayes slidewayes

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  11. TheWheelADV

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    Was in Death Valley this past weekend (11/14 - 11/15). Wildrose Canyon Road past the Charcoal Kilns had isolated patches of compacted snow. Made it to Thorndike Campground before turning around, but not before managing to get a puncture. Also rode Titus Canyon and the full length of Death Valley/Big Pine Road. Both were in in good shape.

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    Death Valley/Big Pine Road looking north.

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    Always bring your tire repair kit! Was able to repair this flat with one plug and be on my way. Having a pump also helped.
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  12. MattLikeyBikey

    MattLikeyBikey Been here awhile

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    I need to get there! Maybe even before Mar!
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  13. Mondo Endo

    Mondo Endo Been here awhile

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    Well looks like we are going to postpone the trip for a week. Supposed to rain and be co
    My friend and I were the guys who came over to see if we could lend a hand at the Kilns with your flat. Did you see when our old friend (80 in july) fell on his Vstrom in the parking lot? He was ok but wanted to get the hell out of there before it got any darker.
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  14. Bike Guy

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    The best to your “old” friend. I’ll be 80 in July also
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    pceire32 Irish Supporter

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    Yep old folks fall down :-). Hope your old pal was OK.
    I’ll be 80 in April. 2021. Don’t mind falling down but getting back up is a bitch !:D
  16. AZ TOM

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    Already there. May have to give up my old horse for something lighter.
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  17. Mondo Endo

    Mondo Endo Been here awhile

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    He's an old New York Kraut, tough as nails. He's been leading a group to DV every year in Nov since 1974, I met him 4 years ago and have gone every year since. Knows DV like its his hometown. And yes he's fine from his tip over.
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  18. Bike Guy

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    Nice setup, probably (for sure) lighter than my T7
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  19. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Now is a great time to head to Death Valley. Weather is looking very good for this weekend. This loop starts just north of Trona. The turn off is near the airport and sand golf course. If you are a rider with some skills, you can ride this on an Adv bike but it is much easier on a light weight Dual Sport. I've ridden this on both big and small bikes.

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  20. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    This is another fun loop off highway 136 east of Lone Pine and starts near Keeler. This would be challenging on a bigger bike: