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Posted by Trevor Tarr on February 06, 2002 at 00:38:40:

In Reply to: SALINE VALLEY ROAD posted by ROVER on February 05, 2002 at 23:28:21:

Unless conditions have significantly worsened in
the South Pass in the last two days, it should be
completed doable in two-wheel drive.

I posted this yesterday (under "Steele Pass")....

I just returned from an all-too-brief two-day
soak in the Saline Valley (Feb 2-3). We entered
through Steele Pass, via the Eureka Dunes and
Dedeckera Canyon, Saturday. There was an inch
max of snow, and the route was always clearly
delineated by previous tire tracks. Dedeckera
Canyon requires good ground clearance, but the
rock ledges seemed much less severe than I
remembered them. The trail to the upper warm
springs, and on from there, was in incredibly
good shape, especially given last summer's
floods (and at least subjectively better than
October 2001, my last drive through).

We left through the South Pass Sunday. Standard
washboard and a few potholes on the Saline Valley
Road. Maybe two inches of snow in some of
Grapevine Canyon's shady spots, but that's as bad
as it got.

My companions were driving two Jeep Grand
Cherokees (one completely stock), and I was in a
Land Rover Defender 90. I'm full-time
four-wheel-drive, but both of them left their
trucks in 2wd for the whole drive out.


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