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Death Valley memorial day weekend 2017 4 months 4 weeks ago #14265


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Has anyone ran Dedeckera Cyn in DVNP, between Eureka Valley and Saline Valley? I was thinking of maybe leading or co-leading a trip there this memorial day weekend. I've been to and camped at Eureka dunes twice already and I've always wondered how fun Dedeckera Cyn would be. Never been to Saline Valley myself but almost did 2 thanksgivings ago, when my buddy and I descended Lippincott Rd from the Racetrack and changed our minds due to our dwindling supplies, so we exited south towards the 190 when we reached Saline Valley rd. Either way, I was thinking of a loop consisting of the following:

Saturday May 27th - meet up at the Big Pine gas stations and fill all the gas tanks there, maybe around 11-noon? Then depart due east on the 168 and take Death Valley road towards Eureka Dunes. Some 49 miles from Big Pine to the dunes, nothing technical. I'm calling it this early because the campsites are sparse and there's only one pit toilet in the first campsite. Spend the rest of the day frolicking in the dunes and socializing via Rover speak.

Sunday May 28th - break camp no later than 9am and head south on Dedeckera Cyn towards Saline valley. My understanding is that this cyn is a challenging out (aka fun), only 28 miles long, but apparently takes a good part of the day to arrive at Saline Valley. Either way, we would find a suitable campsite and soak our bones at the hot springs situated there. Saline valley is purportedly one of the most remote areas you can visit inside DVNP.

Monday May 29th - break camp at your leisure or soak up again if you'd like. There are 2 ways out of here, North takes you back to Big Pine, some 54 miles away (the easy way out to the pavement), or south towards the 190 and into Olancha (you need a map, no worries I got one), some 85 miles away (but 65 miles south of Big Pine). None of the exist are technical. Then go home.

Whadaya guys think? Let us know if this is something anyone else has done before or if there's some interest maybe we could materialize it.
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Death Valley memorial day weekend 2017 4 months 4 weeks ago #14266


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Jose,
I believe the route between Eureka Dunes and Saline Valley Hot Springs is Steele Pass, which I have not run. I understand it to be technical, but nothing crazy. I have camped at Saline Valley Hot Springs several times, and it is really cool, and a transplant back in time. Hippie stuff.
Sorry I cannot make the trip.
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Death Valley memorial day weekend 2017 4 months 4 weeks ago #14267


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Frank Buddenbrock led SCLR through Steele Pass about 4 years ago, and it was very rough. Lots of cobbles and rocks, and in many places the road was washed away, so it appeared like we were bushwhacking. It took several hours to go from Eureka Dunes to Warm Spring. We did have enough time for a brief stop at Warm Spring, and then we also rescued a vehicle at the intersection of Lippencott and Saline Valley Roads. I believe that a stock vehicle would have a difficult time over Steele Pass, unless someone has done some work in that area in recent years. Although with the significant road washouts in Death Valley this past winter, including the Scotty's Castle road, I wouldn't be surprised if Steele is more difficult than it was a few years ago.
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Death Valley memorial day weekend 2017 4 months 4 weeks ago #14268


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This forum usually has up-to-date road condition information.

forum.salinepreservation.org/?forum=162656

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Death Valley memorial day weekend 2017 4 months 4 weeks ago #14269


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The NCLR guys just got back from a week in DV, I can check and see if they went over Steele and see what the conditions were if they did...
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Death Valley memorial day weekend 2017 4 months 4 weeks ago #14272


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Just heard back from Don in NCLR as he was with the group that Chuck lead this past week. This is what he had to say in regards to the passes in DV:
Steel pass was a cake-walk. Just enough rock to be interesting. Jose should have no problems with it. He *may* want a spotter at the toughest spot but even without one he should be fine. We also found Goler to be super-easy and in oddly good condition. Mengel Pass has a little more entertainment but again not a problem.
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