Originally Posted by larryboy
Hey Jim, I think I'd ride out to Crankshaft first if there is a question of snow/ice on that pass. If there is, you have enough fuel to get back. If you do a clockwise loop and can't get over the top to Crankshaft you probably won't have enough fuel to get back.
Thanks Rob for the suggestion and if snow and ice were a problem in the Crankshaft area there would probably also be snow and ice on Death Valley Road as River Rat suggested which might make it difficult to head into Big Pine for gas.
The pass west of Crankshaft also runs east/west so there is a possibility of shaded sections that might ice up like the two sections on south pass.