Re: Steele Pass Report
Posted by Last Chance Rand on August 30, 2001 at 13:40:40:
In Reply to: Steele Pass Report posted by Hal on August 30, 2001 at 11:00:33:
There are only three 4x4 backcountry roads in the Park that are labled "Expert" by the Park Service, and the Steele Pass is one of them. The other two are Goler Gulch and the Lippencott.
Backcountry veterans will confirm that these three roads periodically see good times and bad. In good times, all three can be negotiated by just about any 4x4 -- but at other times, they are impassible, except to rigs and drivers of strong constitution.
It is very remote up there above Dedeckera Canyon, and, frankly, when the Steele Pass is in its best shape, I've seen many poorly prepared vehicles and occupants up there depending purely on luck for safe passage. However, when the Steele Pass is really rough, I notice travelers tend to be those packing spare parts, food and clothing, and well modified rigs.
Regardless of trail conditions, I strongly encourage ALL Steele Pass travelers to carry enough food, water and clothing to last a few days, just in case.
I don't know the scoop on how or if the Park Service maintains this route. I read from more than one author that some people maintain this route was illegally created, and as the sole route in an otherwise roadless area, maybe the Park Service just might let it go?
Your thoughts & comments, please..