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Old 01-04-2014, 05:41 PM   #1111
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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...
I know that exact spot (note the tree) all too well...and this was only an inch or so. It turns right to ice. No, the tires didn't help, but it wouldn't have made too much difference that day. This was almost exactly one year ago.

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Old 01-07-2014, 12:29 PM   #1112
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Trona-Wildrose Rd is still closed.

Trona has gas at both stations.

Goler is a joke of a gravel road now.

West Side Rd is open. being graded as we speak.

weather is perfect right now.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:53 PM   #1113
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Trona-Wildrose Rd is still closed.

Trona has gas at both stations.

Goler is a joke of a gravel road now.

West Side Rd is open. being graded as we speak.

weather is perfect right now.
I predict it will rain again soon and fix the roads back the way we like them.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:54 PM   #1114
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I predict it will rain again soon and fix the roads back the way we like them.
Let's hope so!
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:57 PM   #1115
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I am sooo ready for this!
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:01 PM   #1116
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I am sooo ready for this!
Cool , nice Death Valley rig jungle...
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:04 PM   #1117
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Trona has gas at both stations.
I've never found it worth the bother to get gas in Trona, its not /that/ far from Ridgecrest where gas is relatively cheap.

Is gas available at Stovepipe Wells? thats the other relatively affordable gas spot.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:05 PM   #1118
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I've never found it worth the bother to get gas in Trona, its not /that/ far from Ridgecrest where gas is relatively cheap.

Is gas available at Stovepipe Wells? thats the other relatively affordable gas spot.
Stovepipe has had gas... only 87... but gas.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:08 PM   #1119
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I've never found it worth the bother to get gas in Trona, its not /that/ far from Ridgecrest where gas is relatively cheap.

Is gas available at Stovepipe Wells? thats the other relatively affordable gas spot.
Last March in Trona gas was within 10 cents of everywhere else. I bought 45 gallons and I would have waited for cheaper if the price was crazy.

My route to DV bipasses Ridgecrest. For me Mojave is the last cheap gas before Trona. There's always the Jawbone Store at $5.00
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:56 PM   #1120
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Why Trona gas

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I've never found it worth the bother to get gas in Trona, its not /that/ far from Ridgecrest where gas is relatively cheap.

Is gas available at Stovepipe Wells? thats the other relatively affordable gas spot.
Topping off in Trona is a good option for those with smaller gas tanks especially if they are planning on riding over Manly Pass, Mengel Pass and then heading to Furnace Creek.

I'm sure the east side of Manly Pass is still torn up pretty good for those who love to ride through rock gardens. I don't think that section ever gets graded or filled in and it took a good hit this summer with all the rain.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:10 PM   #1121
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i just posted that there is gas at BOTH stations since it's been a conversation on THIS thread in the past.

i stopped for water. not gas.

but i was driving my van and i had topped off in Mojave.


i too, skip Ridgecrest. take Gerlock to Trona Rd. takes less time. basically zero vehicles between Hwy 14 and Trona Rd.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:20 PM   #1122
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i just posted that there is gas at BOTH stations since it's been a conversation on THIS thread in the past.

i stopped for water. not gas.

but i was driving my van and i had topped off in Mojave.


i too, skip Ridgecrest. take Gerlock to Trona Rd. takes less time. basically zero vehicles between Hwy 14 and Trona Rd.

Ridgecrest is appropriate for those of us coming from Northern or Central California, by way of Lake Isabella and 178...
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:56 AM   #1123
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Ridgecrest is appropriate for those of us coming from Northern or Central California, by way of Lake Isabella and 178...
I'm not sure what Ridgecrest is "Appropriate" for .....

We all may be coming in via the 190 from Olancha if they don't get Trona / Wildrose Rd. fixed. Someone earlier in the thread said something about CHP ticketing those who go around the barriers.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:16 AM   #1124
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I'm not sure what Ridgecrest is "Appropriate" for .....

We all may be coming in via the 190 from Olancha if they don't get Trona / Wildrose Rd. fixed. Someone earlier in the thread said something about CHP ticketing those who go around the barriers.
not CHP, Inyo County Sheriff.

there are 2 sheriffs that monitor this area and 1 is giving out tickets for going around, the other has the attitude, if they need to get through, then they have to get through.

they have a graded dirt road right next to the washout so anyone could drive this but it's not open. hmmmm


if you're on your bike, you could take Nadeau Rd (not noob friendly).
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:11 PM   #1125
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not CHP, Inyo County Sheriff.

there are 2 sheriffs that monitor this area and 1 is giving out tickets for going around, the other has the attitude, if they need to get through, then they have to get through.

they have a graded dirt road right next to the washout so anyone could drive this but it's not open. hmmmm


if you're on your bike, you could take Nadeau Rd (not noob friendly).
Last time I was on Nadeau Rd was in my motorhome (before I got the toyhauler). It wasn't bad. Cal 4 Wheelers does Panamint Valley Days every year just east of Nadeau on Slate Range Rd. several miles south of the 190. Lots of big motorhomes come in for that.
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