Re: A Few Days in Saline
Posted by Bodie the Dog on February 02, 2004 at 13:16:10:
In Reply to: A Few Days in Saline posted by RubiBlue on February 02, 2004 at 03:35:44:
Not sure that you'll be able to get over Hunter Mountain, due to snow and ice. North pass seems to be the first closed by storms, followed by South Pass. But here's the tricky part: the County FREQUENTLY keeps "road closed" signs at the beginning (intersection with paved roads 190 and Death Valley Road) of each route, mostly for liability reasons, not necessarily because the road is impassable. So it's up to you to look at current conditions and try to guess whether you can make it through. The most treacherous section of the North Pass is the northern reaches of Whippoorwill Canyon. Entering via South Pass, the worst ice and snow seems to accumulate right at the top (southern end) of Grapevine Canyon.
Don't camp in a gully, 'cuz of possibility of a freak flashflood. You probably have a greater chance of being hit by lightening, but it's an easy precaution to take. If headed north over Steel Pass, plan on bringing enough gas to reach almost to the dunes then have to turn around, in case Dedeckera Cyn is wiped out by flashflood (very unlikely, though, I'm a worrier).
There's lots of interesting things to see in the area that aren't marked on a map or referred to on these webboards. Just start walking, and you'll find something interesting. Honest.
Try to be at the springs just after sunset, to watch the bats come in for water.
Have fun, and please let us know how your trip went, with all the gory details!