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Wildrose/Thorndike/Mahogany Closure -- Extent of damage

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:22 pm
by aimless
Just came through and was disappointed in the closure.

Anyone have photos of the damage or know the extent of it?

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:30 pm
by Gowergulch42
The road is gone in lower Wildrose Canyon, Thorndike and Mahogany are snowed in. No road damage to that area.

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:31 pm
by Gowergulch42
Also there is no plan in place to reopen that road last I heard.

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:24 pm
by MojaveGeek
Is the road in over Emigrant Pass open? Or is that still gated closed down near the junction with 190?

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:15 pm
by Gowergulch42
Yes they opened it today (or yesterday?)

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:44 am
by aimless
No plan to reopen...ever? I wanted to come back in the spring and do the telescope peak hike. Think it'll be open then?

If not I guess we can just start from the road closure on foot...any idea? I know the budget situation probably makes this more difficult.

Thanks

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:28 am
by Gowergulch42
Wildrose Road is only severely damaged between Panamint valley road and Emigrant Pass Road. Mahogany Flats will be open once the snow melts above the level of the road.

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:05 am
by aimless
Ok thanks. I've camped at Wildrose several times and hiked to Telescope Peak before. That's my favorite area in the park but I've been limited to two wheel drive.

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:50 pm
by ETAV8R
I got word the road is open to the kilns. Hard to believe. Anyone have first hand knowledge?

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:39 pm
by agtoau
ETAV8R wrote:I got word the road is open to the kilns. Hard to believe. Anyone have first hand knowledge?
Which road are you referring to? Emigrant Canyon road? If yes, it is open to the kilns -

http://www.nps.gov/deva/loader.cfm?csMo ... eid=439529

Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:48 am
by aimless
Well maybe I gave up to easily then. I just came from there and the ranger said all that was closed...or at least that's what I thought they said.

Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:06 am
by ETAV8R
aimless wrote:Well maybe I gave up to easily then. I just came from there and the ranger said all that was closed...or at least that's what I thought they said.
The park, therefore the rangers, state roads are closed all the time due to not wanting liability. Now while they state the roads are closed, most if not all, are actually drivable with the right vehicle.

Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:15 pm
by Gowergulch42
Even saline North Pass. I saw a report over on PV.com about guys who managed to bypass the 40foot drop off in the road.

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:04 pm
by DVLion
A 40 foot dropoff? I'm planning on going up that way soon. Will probably hike from Thorndike to Telescope Peak if it's clear enough to not need special gear. Last time I did TP was in October a few years ago, the snow posed no problem then.

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:39 pm
by Gowergulch42
Just returned from DV. North Pass is open now, and The Panamints got dusted last night and will be again tonight. Snow down to ~7000 feet. Be careful up there!