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old ore road to ernst tinaja

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Offline jim2

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old ore road to ernst tinaja
« on: October 23, 2014, 06:18:08 PM »
Drove from the south end of the OOR to ET on Oct 20th. The road is in the best condition I've ever seen. A rock crusher must have been used, the smooth surface is well beyond what a grader could do. If you ever wanted to go to ET, but, hesitated because of the road now is the time to go. Perhaps some one from the park can tell us if the whole length has been improved. 

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2014, 06:06:31 AM »
I am driving Old Ore Road from the N to S today so we can report tonight. River Road E to Mariscal Mine was muddy in a few spots yesterday, but otherwise fine.

Craig
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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2014, 08:43:08 AM »
Perhaps some one from the park can tell us if the whole length has been improved.

I kinda hope not... while there are some very cool things on OOR that everyone should see, half the fun is maneuvering the ruggedness of the road...
You don't travel to see different things,
You travel to see things differently.

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2014, 09:17:29 AM »
Perhaps some one from the park can tell us if the whole length has been improved.

I kinda hope not... while there are some very cool things on OOR that everyone should see, half the fun is maneuvering the ruggedness of the road...
i agree

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2014, 03:21:03 AM »
I have got to get my trip report posted but I just drove the entire length south to north last Saturday/Sunday. It was unbelievably easy. I've never seen it so well maintained. A few "rough" spots on the northern side. I think I engaged my 4L on the wrangler once and that was more for fun than need. I'm still not sure I would attempt it without 4x4 and high clearance, but I'm certainly more conservative than most when it comes to the backroads. And by conservative I mean scurred  :icon_biggrin:

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2014, 12:25:21 PM »
Drove the whole length north to south on Friday , 24 OCT 14. Pretty much what others had commented on before. From the north terminus to Ernst Tinaja, it is an easy road for 4x4 vehicles with all terrain tires and high clearance. There's a few technical sections before, in, and after the McKinney Hills, but it just requires slowing down a little and following the best lines in the stepped and loose scree sections.

I did NOT air down and stayed at normal pressure in my 4x4 TRD Tacoma with AT BF Goodrich tires on 16" wheels. South of Ernst Tinaja, the road had been recently graded with the big rocks and rain detritus pushed to the road apron.

A few muddy spots were still present, but most moderate to high clearance vehicles with 2WD could make the south terminus to Ernst Tinaja trip with care.

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2015, 01:56:36 PM »
Has anyone been on the southern portion of Old Ore lately?  I'm heading out on Sunday and wanting to cross Ernst Tinaja off my list of places to go, as I've never been.  I'll be in a 2011 VW Tiguan with decent clearance, but I was curious about the shape of the road out to ET after all of the rain this year.

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2015, 08:24:05 PM »
My wife and I stayed at the Ernst Tinaja camp site 10/29 and it rained heavy all night.  Chevy truck with four wheel camper and didn't have to use 4wd to get out going south.  Was muddy on the side road to the camp site but otherwise fine if you have high clearance.   I don't know if it has rained much since.
Aric

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2015, 10:50:20 AM »
Thanks for the reply!  I've got just shy of a foot clearance and the TCS disables easy in my car so I'm thinking I should be alright.  Of course, it is forecast to rain on Sunday, but we likely won't make it down there til Wednesday.

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2015, 01:54:30 PM »
I've done the entire road in a Toyota Tercel. 

Then again, my idea of 4-wheeling is going over Black Bear Pass in a rainstorm at night.
"Hey, how 'bout a Fandango..?"

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2015, 05:59:26 PM »
I've done the entire road in a Toyota Tercel. 

Then again, my idea of 4-wheeling is going over Black Bear Pass in a rainstorm at night.

OOR road conditions can vary widely.  In March, it was an easy drive to Ernst. We have gone there more than once in a compact rent car over the years. Coming in from the north end of OOR in March was a different story.  When the ranger said 4 wheel drive was recommended past McKinney Springs we said no problem.  Roy's Peak Vista is one of our favorite view sites and we have never used a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get there. We spent a night at McKinney Springs because RPV was booked and then the next day on the steep hill right past MS my bud looks at the road conditions and decided it was rougher than he wanted to deal with so we turned around and got another site that night.  A first for us.  Must admit the fact that he was driving his brand new F150 may have factored into his thinking.  Nutshell: use common sense and don't go beyond your skill levels.  Could be a day or so before someone comes along to help if you don't have cell service.

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Re: old ore road to ernst tinaja
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2015, 08:30:55 PM »
P.S.  I've done Black Bear going to Telluride a couple of times in a Baja Bug but never at night in a rainstorm!  Would have missed seeing the incredible views!

The biggest problem were all those darn Jeeps slowing us down . . .

 


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