Hyundai Santa Fe, front wheel drive with traction control. If a road usually is washboarded or rough, or whatever, assume it still is.
Hunter Mountain Road--April 11--very muddy areas, otherwise good. I would have turned around at the first mud hole if I weren't traveling with a guy who could pull me out if I got stuck. Almost got stuck in one spot. More rain fell a day later (see Lippincott below).
Hidden Valley Road--excellent on April 11, but rain fell after that
Upper Wildrose--excellent all the way to Mahogany Flat--most any car can do it--but DO NOT go too fast coming down in a Camaro or similar convertible, strike a rock on the side of the road 1 mile from pavement and blow out a tire and your cooling system.....
Furnace Creek Wash--excellent--most any car
Big Pine Road--excellent--most any car
Saline Valley South end to turn off to warm springs--excellent
Saline Valley to Warm Springs--good, with usual dips--maybe slightly more than usual
Steele Pass--talked to a couple who had driven it in a Farabee Jeep without problems
Saline Valley North--heard there is a bypassable washout, but the bypass might be quite difficult--did not drive this road
South Eureka Valley to Dunes--excellent--most any car
Road across Eureka Valley towards Hidden Dunes--Deep dips, as usual, but good.
Racetrack--excellent to Homestake--most any car
West Side Road--some areas of deep sand (worse than Harry Wade, but the park service posted a warning about Harry Wade)
Harry Wade--excellent, with some sandy areas, but not covering the whole road at once--most any car
Saratoga Springs Road to turn toward Ibex Dunes + a mile or so--excellent--most any car
Ibex Spring Road from 127--turned down there and found a very rough spot near the beginning and decided not to go farther
Lower Wildrose--still easily passable, and potholes near top were filled in since last year--most any car
South End of Badwater Road still closed shortly past Harry Wade, except last 15 miles open
Scotty's Castle road still closed
Panamint Valley Rd, excellent to Indian Ranch Rd
Indian Ranch Rd to Surprise Canyon Rd, has some sudden dips due to wash outs that are hard to see till you are almost upon them
Surprise Canyon Road, excellent
190 in vicinity of Stovepipe Wells--construction delays--around 10 minutes a couple of times when I went through--other times no delay
Upper half of Lippincott to next turnout past the mine cutout--hiked it April 12--from my observations, I would surmise it is as good as Lippincott gets, but I have no other experience to compare it to. It was dry hiking down, T-Storm and minor flash flood while I was at the mine cutout (sheltered there during the rain). Slight amount of road washed away while I was there. Otherwise, the road didn't seem harmed.
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