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Old 11-30-2013, 03:54 PM   #1096
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I'm thinking of going to DV on 12/6 - 12/8 and will probably camp weather permitting. We will be on 1150 and 1200 GS's with street tires. I welcome any suggestions on camp sites and routes that are doable on our bikes.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #1097
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Just returned from a very quick trip to DV and back home. Started a ride report -

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=938754

- but I'm crappy at those, be warned. Seemed lots of roads were closed according to the ranger at the visitors center...
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:04 PM   #1098
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Kern County passes are getting snow tonight. Down to 2000'.
Be prepared for cold or possibly snow depending on your place of entry.
CORRECTION: Saturday the snow is on the weather guessers radar. Just cold as hell the next couple of days.

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Old 12-05-2013, 10:26 AM   #1099
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Kern County passes are getting snow tonight. Down to 2000'.
Be prepared for cold or possibly snow depending on your place of entry.
CORRECTION: Saturday the snow is on the weather guessers radar. Just cold as hell the next couple of days.

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yeah. low this AM was 33 at my humble abode 3 miles from the Pacific at latitude 37N. and my thermometer is in a rather protected spot, on the wunderground map last night there were a bunch of places 5 degrees cooler than me.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #1100
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This weekend's temps

This Saturday the temps will be:

Ridgecrest 46 high 20 low with some snow
Beatty, NV 40 high 15 low with 30% chance of snow
Barstow 45 high 23 low with 40% chance of rain
Big Pine, CA 39 high 7 low with 50% chance of snow
Tonopah, NV 27 high 1 low with 70% chance of snow
Furnace Creek 34 high 33 low with 40% chance of rain

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...........
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:28 PM   #1101
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yeah. low this AM was 33 at my humble abode 3 miles from the Pacific at latitude 37N. and my thermometer is in a rather protected spot, on the wunderground map last night there were a bunch of places 5 degrees cooler than me.
What a sissy. 24 at my house
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:24 PM   #1102
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Death Valley DAZE 2014 posted up.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:40 PM   #1103
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CHP writing tickets

My friend is working on the road crew repairing Panamint Valley road. He said the CHP is writing lots of expensive tickets and even arresting people for driving past the road closed signs on Panamint valley road between 190 and Wildrose. The Park Service is writing tickets for people going up Wildrose from PV road. You can still take Nadeau down to Ballarat. It sounds like PV road is open to Ballarat from the Trona side (south). I've driven around signs in Death valley for years with no problem but this may be something new.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:32 AM   #1104
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My friend is working on the road crew repairing Panamint Valley road. He said the CHP is writing lots of expensive tickets and even arresting people for driving past the road closed signs on Panamint valley road between 190 and Wildrose. The Park Service is writing tickets for people going up Wildrose from PV road. You can still take Nadeau down to Ballarat. It sounds like PV road is open to Ballarat from the Trona side (south). I've driven around signs in Death valley for years with no problem but this may be something new.
...I'm planning to go in less than a month, that's a bummer... may wait for more reports to come in to see if the CHP/Park Svc is still writing tickets then.

Earlier reports seem to say Nadeau is a rock-fest. Wonder if it's gotten better? Will be on big bikes (Tiger, VStrom, 950Adv).
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:14 PM   #1105
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Just received info from a 4x4 friend that South Pass is snowed in... winch fest to get a couple Jeeps out.

Also, North Pass has been graded to the Warm Springs turn off.... don't know about snow conditions on North Pass.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:23 PM   #1106
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Anyone been up Goler and over Mengel recently? I took my Jeep & off-road trailer over last year, and was considering doing it again depending on current conditions.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:20 PM   #1107
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Anyone been up Goler and over Mengel recently? I took my Jeep & off-road trailer over last year, and was considering doing it again depending on current conditions.
Here's a report of Mengel yesterday .... posted by someone else to the DeathValleyRoadConditions Facebook Group:



This picture is of the east side of Mengel on 1/1/14, facing west. Other than this stretch, the rest of the trail was pretty tame. We made it over in a Cherokee with a 4" lift and 31" tires, and I would speculate that any Jeep with good AT tires could handle it in its current state.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:55 PM   #1108
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Looks the same as it did a year ago. They had just filled in Goler Wash again...civic style.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:29 PM   #1109
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Just got back...

South Pass is NOT doable... even in a 4x4. NOT. Maybe in 1-2 weeks with warm weather a 4x4 might get through, then a couple weeks later maybe a moto. Talked to a couple different people that spent the night on South Pass digging out. And I scouted it... there are at least 5 snow drifts that are at least 5 feet deep.

This is a "not so bad" part. Gets worse around the corner...


North Pass was just graded.

Saline Valley Rd was being graded.

Lippencott is about the same as it has been the last couple years.

Steel Pass is in good shape... the road from the upper springs to the lower springs is in rough and rocky shape.

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Old 01-03-2014, 09:54 PM   #1110
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Jeesus you weren't kidding....
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