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Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete

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Offline ds9writer

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Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:31:39 AM »
Anyone have any pics of the "pinch canyon" portion (as I saw it called in another post) of Black Gap Road before the concrete?  I'd heard how hairy that road was, and when we went, it didn't seem like much at all because of said concrete...



Just wondering what it was like in the raw...
« Last Edit: July 27, 2014, 09:40:47 AM by ds9writer »
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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014, 10:34:31 AM »
I would like to see it also. it was not near as bad as I thought it would have been.  I took it the other way in my wife's FJ and was pretty easy. Im pretty sure in dry conditions I could have taken my 2wd trailblazer down black gap road.

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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 07:48:59 AM »
Sorry, I don't have pics of the "Black Gap" of Black Gap Road because the last time I passed through in February 2014 there were a couple of dirt-bikers blasting repeatedly through it and I just wanted to stay clear of them. However, at the time there were no concrete "improvements," nor have there ever been previously, to my knowledge.

At the time I passed through, it was pretty gnarly, with large uneven protruding boulders as well as many sizeable loose rocks. I managed to sustain some noticeable gouges to my front and rear rocker panels under the bumpers. Of course, whatever else its considerable merits, the LC 200 series is not known for its approach and departure angles.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/26823246@N08/15104567412/

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2014, 08:53:08 AM »
You can see the concrete under the Jeep in the top post...

BTW, looked at your flickr pics and very jealous of your San Juan pics - on what trail(s) were these taken (I see Mr. Sneffels, so I know some are around Ouray)?  Looking for some good dirt and off-road trails up there...
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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2014, 09:51:15 AM »
BTW, looked at your flickr pics and very jealous...
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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2014, 02:49:54 PM »
I just got back from an eight week trip to southern Utah and the San Juans. That pic is probably from Yankee Boy Basin. I also did Clear Lake, Ophir Pass,  California Pass, Hurricane Pass, Last Dollar Road and a few others. In Utah the highlights were White Rim Road, Gemini Bridges Road and Hells Revenge. Some of these not recommended for stock vehicle, which is what I have. It was great fun!

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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2014, 03:06:55 PM »
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That pic is probably from Yankee Boy Basin. I also did Clear Lake, Ophir Pass,  California Pass, Hurricane Pass, Last Dollar Road and a few others.

Wonderful!  Thanks for the info!

I'm familiar with that area, but from my long-passed backpacking days, not from an off-road point of view... hope to head up there and take some of those roads very soon!
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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2014, 07:58:39 PM »

I just got back from an eight week trip to southern Utah and the San Juans. That pic is probably from Yankee Boy Basin. I also did Clear Lake, Ophir Pass,  California Pass, Hurricane Pass, Last Dollar Road and a few others. In Utah the highlights were White Rim Road, Gemini Bridges Road and Hells Revenge. Some of these not recommended for stock vehicle, which is what I have. It was great fun!

Last Dollar has been on my list for a while.


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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2014, 05:29:58 PM »
Im pretty sure in dry conditions I could have taken my 2wd trailblazer down black gap road.

I'm considering doing this road in November.  My vehicle is a stock '98 Suburban, 4WD, with decent off-road tires.  From what I've seen on YouTube, my only concern is the "pinch canyon".

Is my Burb too long to make the turn and will my tail end drag when I go down the "steps".  I'm not worried about scratches and minor dents, but I don't want to to come out the other side leaking essentials fluids - gas, oil, transmission, etc.

Any input is appreciated.  Thanks.


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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2014, 07:08:24 PM »
Just located this on YouTube.  Uploaded Sep 22, 2014.  I don't know when it was shot.


There are links in the notes to specific portions of the road.






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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2014, 08:48:43 AM »
You'll be fine Jalco

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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2014, 08:49:03 AM »
Here's my '93 Suburban pulling a Ben Hur trailer going through the pinch last Thanksgiving:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1poOSp3x4TBRWjN46YXA7KuyF_x9iaa06x_xA_iYdaI?feat=directlink

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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2014, 09:33:02 AM »
Is my Burb too long to make the turn and will my tail end drag when I go down the "steps".  I'm not worried about scratches and minor dents, but I don't want to to come out the other side leaking essentials fluids - gas, oil, transmission, etc.

Here's a video we put together running a Jeep with a 2 1/2" lift... at the end you can see what it looks like coming down the steps...  admittedly the Jeep is much shorter and probably a little bit higher, but you can probably get a good idea how your vehicle will be...



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Re: Black Gap "pinch canyon" -- BEFORE the concrete
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2014, 10:05:30 AM »
Thanks for all the replies.  After looking at a few of the links (nice trailer,Buck), I realize we'll do fine.  We'll be running the road north to south (up the steps rather than down) w/ Elephant Tusk as our intended destination.  That's a whole 'nother topic to research.

Great forum.


 


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