We made it to Vegas/Henderson... great trip!
The turn-off from Death Valley Road onto Saline Valley Road had a 'Road Closed' sign but that didn't deter us.
There was still a fair about of snow and ice passing through the North Pass, south of Opal Valley. The road was really good down into the Saline Valley. We did not go to the hot springs and actually didn't realize we'd missed the turn out all together until we were already at the sand dunes.
Heading south from where you pass the salt tram remains the road is pretty much a graded rock/boulder lane to the turn out to Lippencott Road.
Lippencott was a blast going up. There was a really narrow spot by the mine shaft where it had washed badly... hugging the protruding rock, the passenger side wheels actually dropped into the wash. A wider vehicle would definitely get some pucker factor. The section past the old Death Valley sign was pretty rough but no problem for our basically stock Rubicon. Not sure how the four Asian couples were going to fair through that section on their way down in a Ford Escape and a BMW X5...
No shit, we're coming up the next section and around the corner comes a maroon Escape and a silver X5. It took me 2 minutes to get them to understand there was no backing up for us. And there was actually a very large turnout at the corner they had just come around. It took me nearly ten minutes to get them backed into what was like a small parking lot. The guy in the X5 was really pathetic.
We have no idea what happened to them folks. I tried to convince them that the part they had come down was no where near being the "rough part".
After waving goodbye to our new Asian "friends", it was a short distance to the east entry and the historic sign that reads in plain English, "LIPPENCOTT PASS, 4X4 HIGH CLEARANCE, NO TOW SERVICE - CAUTION". We had to assume our Asian friends did not know what "HIGH CLEARANCE" meant.
From there we proceeded back north on Racetrack Road... what a rough, washboarded PITA that was!
But we had a great day!