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Old 09-28-2011, 06:12 PM   #421
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Joe: You and 914 shot some great pictures of the trails around Squaw Flat. That is exactly what it looked like. Really fun trails.

I see there are more trails on the west side of 395 I need to check out as well as the trails you rode south of highway 190. I need more time to explore.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:53 AM   #422
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Video of Road Conditions in Death Valley

Here is a video and some pics I shot while riding the second day of a three day loop from Reedley. On this day we rode:
1. Started in Ridgecrest and rode 28 miles on pavement to Trona. There was gas two weeks ago.
2. Rode from Trona on dirt over Manly Pass (the escape route) to Ballarat on the west side of the dry lake
3. Rode from Ballarat on Indian Ranch dirt road
4. Rode Trona road, paved, to highway 190 west to Saline Valley road
5. Rode over South Pass to Saline Warm Springs
6. Rode over North Pass
7. Rode 2 miles west on Death Valley road
8. Turned south on dirt trails and rode through Squaw Flat and Mazouka Canyon
9. Rode highway 395 from Independence to Bishop where we stopped for the night

Here is a summary video of this days ride. This route was a blast:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pghyXkGOLE
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:34 AM   #423
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Here is a video and some pics I shot while riding the second day of a three day loop from Reedley. On this day we rode:
1. Started in Ridgecrest and rode 28 miles on pavement to Trona. There was gas two weeks ago.
2. Rode from Trona on dirt over Manly Pass (the escape route) to Ballarat on the west side of the dry lake
3. Rode from Ballarat on Indian Ranch dirt road
4. Rode Trona road, paved, to highway 190 west to Saline Valley road
5. Rode over South Pass to Saline Warm Springs
6. Rode over North Pass
7. Rode 2 miles west on Death Valley road
8. Turned south on dirt trails and rode through Squaw Flat and Mazouka Canyon
9. Rode highway 395 from Independence to Bishop where we stopped for the night

Here is a summary video of this days ride. This route was a blast:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pghyXkGOLE

nice dude!!!

i love Death Valley and i want to get out there before the snow hit the North Pass.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:26 PM   #424
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South Pass Road Update

I talked with Bob Brown this morning who is the Road Superintendent for Inyo County.

He said they hope to get a grader on South Pass by mid November but have a problem getting the material they need to fill in the washouts. They have some agreement with the Death Valley Park Service regarding this but he said they have been taking for over two years with no results.

Bob also said two of his staff that were responsible for maintaining South Pass retired and they have not yet been replaced. Anyone looking for a job in operating heavy machinery might want to give Bob a call.

Bob hopes to get South Pass graded before the snow begins to fall but couldn't promise anything.

I asked him about the "Road Closed" sign on Saline Road/HIghway 190. He said that is there in case someone drives on this road and gets stuck and then wants Inyo County to pay to get them out. It's a liability thing. So it sounds like it is OK to ride Saline Valley Road as long as you understand you are "on your own" and don't expect a tow truck or any help if you get stuck or need help.

"Adventure bike" riders should beware when riding South Pass. Not a good idea to ride alone and anyone riding it should be able to handle sand, washouts and rocks.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:05 PM   #425
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Great video Thanks for posting. I need to get back out there and do some camping off the bike and soak it all in.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:39 PM   #426
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Planning

To be out there over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Already got my camp sight reserved at Panamint.

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Old 10-04-2011, 09:28 PM   #427
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To be out there over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Already got my camp sight reserved at Panamint.

If I remember correctly, it has snowed on south pass the last two years during Thanksgiving weekend. There might be some snow out there this week but any snow should melt right away and make the trails great.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:37 PM   #428
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Already got my camp sight reserved at Panamint.

I've got a room reserved for T-giving day just for the dinner....

It'll be a street bike ride for me this time around. Haven't done Dante's View yet, so I gotta get that out of the way.

You bringing the 990, or the Bronco this year?
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:22 AM   #429
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My wife and I will be at PSR for turkey dinner, probably head for Mohagany Flat that night if it hasn't snowed in for the season.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:32 AM   #430
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Discussing a Saline trip with truck support, camp at the springs, first of Nov. Maybe half dozen riders. Thought I would see if there is any interest here. If it actually gets off the ground will start a new thread.
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Thinking about this ride

I will follow it and see how the dates come together.
Thanksgiving weekend will not work for me.
My wife has me commited the whole weekend.
Earliy November would proably work good for me.
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I've got a room reserved for T-giving day just for the dinner....

It'll be a street bike ride for me this time around. Haven't done Dante's View yet, so I gotta get that out of the way.

You bringing the 990, or the Bronco this year?
Shoot me a PM, will have the 150 but dunno which bike to bring yet depends if the wimmin comes with. If so then the DL will come, if not the 625 will be booked.

I will have the firepit and such which you guys are welcome to come out to and hang around at, everyone is welcome.

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Discussing a Saline trip with truck support, camp at the springs, first of Nov. Maybe half dozen riders. Thought I would see if there is any interest here. If it actually gets off the ground will start a new thread.
Hmmmmm, if my foot is healed I might be interested in this.
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Discussing a Saline trip with truck support, camp at the springs, first of Nov. Maybe half dozen riders. Thought I would see if there is any interest here. If it actually gets off the ground will start a new thread.
I did South and North Pass last week. It is pretty rough with lots of rocks and sand washed across the road. High clearance and 4 wheel drive is recommended now ( and I agree ) If your truck is 2 wheel drive, North Pass is much easier, but there is a fairly wide sand wash near the turn to the hot springs. Some people came in to the hot springs from North Pass in a Buick, but I wondered if they made it out without a very expensive tow through that sand plume??




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Old 10-05-2011, 06:19 PM   #435
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I did South and North Pass last week. It is pretty rough with lots of rocks and sand washed across the road. High clearance and 4 wheel drive is recommended now ( and I agree ) If your truck is 2 wheel drive, North Pass is much easier, but there is a fairly wide sand wash near the turn to the hot springs. Some people came in to the hot springs from North Pass in a Buick, but I wondered if they made it out without a very expensive tow through that sand plume??

Thanks, very helpful. My buddy's truck is a 1-ton dually 4x2 with a locker. Aired down I imagine would do fine in sand, and since he wouldn't be hauling his camper. He drives slow too.

We could throw a half dozen backpacks in there and he'd bring chairs and a giant cooler, bbq, stove, etc. Would be a good base camp for riding. Oh, and gas too. Maybe a big easy-up.

I'm trying to talk him into it, see about days off and stuff. If it looks like it's a go we'll start a thread on it.

Thanks for all the good info on the area.

Jeffrey...you reading this thread????
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