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Goodies from Death Valley!! (Pics and Vids)

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Rucas, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Jan 8, 2010 at 6:44 PM
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    Rucas

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    Just got back from Death Valley, and had a lot of fun. Did Titus Canyon, and Darwin falls trail. The truck performed very nicely, had no problems exept maby a slow tire leak, but other than that everything was solid.

    I wanted to go to the racetrack but one of the park rangers said that it was probablly not a good idea because the volcanic rocks are very sharp along those trails and would tear up my tires. He said that i would need 20 ply tires to make it through safely. Is this true?

    I also found that at one point the trial map looked wierd and I wasnt sure if I was going to take the right turn so my girlfriend tried to find the route on our tomtom GPS and it actially worked!! dont know how but it saved is from making a turn that we would have regreted.

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    enjoy.
     
  2. Jan 8, 2010 at 6:49 PM
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    That video looks awesome. Were these trails prerunner friendly?
     
  3. Jan 8, 2010 at 6:51 PM
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    great pics and vid
     
  4. Jan 8, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    ya they all were, on the darwim trail i had to use 4x4 twice to get up some rough parts but i could have probablly made it without.
     
  5. Jan 8, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    Nice, great pictures and video. BTW, what is the noise rolling around, sounds like a ball in the cup holder. :taco:
     
  6. Jan 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM
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    Ya i know its not the truck, it could have been our gear in the back, or just the rocks and gravel.
     
  7. Jan 9, 2010 at 9:00 AM
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    Wow! That looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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    awesome pics and vids. I would love to be there now. This cold weather my way is really depressing. Beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing
     
  9. Jan 9, 2010 at 2:08 PM
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    It was still pretty chilly in the valley, around 60's, and at one point there were small patches of old snow in the shaddows of some of the mountains.
     
  10. Jan 9, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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    anyone know about the 20 ply tire thing?
     
  11. Jan 10, 2010 at 6:06 PM
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    I was just out there last week leading a geology field-trip, drove the Titus Canyon trail in a 15 passenger van, saw a Subaru Forester go down it while we were checking things out. It's not a rough road. Racetrack road is rougher, but it's not too bad (we had 7 ply tires on the van). You could probably do that road in P-rated tires if you drive slowly, though I'd probably want to run something a little burlier.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2010 at 7:04 PM
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    I dont know what ply you would need, but those volcanic rocks are gnarly. If you do go over them I guarantee you your tires will lose a few chunks of rubber.
     
  13. Jan 10, 2010 at 9:23 PM
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    ya i figured i wouldnt risk it.
    Theres always next year or sooner to go again.
    :)
     
  14. Jan 10, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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    i worked at a tire shop for a few years and the highest ply i found were a few 18 wheeler truck tires that were like 15 or 16 ply and some military tires that were 18 ply.. but i never seen any that would fit on our trucks.. too much sidewall and tread..
     
  15. Jan 10, 2010 at 9:42 PM
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    hmmm okay, well what ply tires would work best on that volcanic rock stuff.
     
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    LT tires w/load range C through E would be fine for most rocks, including fairly sharp volcanics. Run right over some things directly (really pointy obsidian), no tire is going to survive.
     
  17. Jan 12, 2010 at 3:01 PM
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    What trail was that video taken in? Looks great.
     
  18. Jan 12, 2010 at 3:41 PM
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    the video is from inside titus canyon.
     
  19. Jan 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM
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    Ha drove thru titus in a rental kia sportage a few years ago.. Death Valley's an awesome place.
     
  20. Jan 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM
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    It's a shame you got bad information from that ranger. I was there in November '09 and I drove in certain places up to 50 mph on racetrack road with my rugged trails. I do not have mudflaps on so my sliders got rock blasted... Anyways, Racetrack Road was recently graded sometime late in 2009.

    I posted my Death Valley experiences in this thread here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/off-roading-trails/60777-death-valley-off-road-adventures.html

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