Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

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Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by limpingcrab » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:40 pm

I need to shuttle 6 people who are coming out at Shepherd Pass on April 21sr (Easter Sunday).

I've never been up that road, could a minivan make it or do I need to figure out a two car solution?

Could an experienced driver get a minivan to that trailhead if he/she took it nice and slow?.


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Re: Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by limpingcrab » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:02 pm

On another note, how do I get my other thread about melting snow unlocked? Can you just delete people's inappropriate comments so I can keep it going and update once I test it this weekend?

Sorry if I should ask that question in some other place but I'm not sure where...

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Re: Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by Fly Guy Dave » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:31 am

I think you'll need more clearance than a minivan offers to get to the trailhead. Lots of potholes, rocks and washouts on that road.
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Re: Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by freestone » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:37 am

There are two trailheads for Sheperds, The stockman trailhead is the first one on the road and is just okay for a minivan. The backpackers trailhead is another mile or so up the road and is less than ideal for anything but high clearance. I bent my rim and got a flat tire on that road a couple of years ago in my Toyota Corolla so now I rent a high clearance vehicle for all those trailheads on the east side like Sheperds, It's so worth it.
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Re: Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by limpingcrab » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:21 am

Thanks for the info! It sounds like it’s similar to the road to Taboose Pass. I’ll figure something out...

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Re: Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:51 pm

If you can get a mile from the backer's trailhead, could you just walk up the road to meet the people and then all walk back down to your vehicle?

Freestone- how does the cost of renting a high clearance vehicle compare to using the commercial shuttle service?

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Re: Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by freestone » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:25 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:51 pm
If you can get a mile from the backer's trailhead, could you just walk up the road to meet the people and then all walk back down to your vehicle?

Freestone- how does the cost of renting a high clearance vehicle compare to using the commercial shuttle service?
The trail to the packers lot is all down hill and easy for someone coming out, just adds a mile or so to the end of a hike. Not too bad and is doable for a minivan to meet them there rather than the upper lot.

WD- Really can’t comment on price comparing renting vs commercial shuttle. For me, its the cost of renting versus ownership of a high clearance vehicle. After a lifetime of going to the Eastern Sierra from coastal SoCal in various compacts and minivans, I now splurge on the big rig since i can’t really afford or justify owning a big vehicle these days. I’m really dating myself now, but the cost of a new big truck is now more than what I paid for my first house!
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Re: Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by limpingcrab » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:03 am

UPDATE

So one person bailed, leaving our group size and 5 large dudes which I will pack into my Tacoma. I just drove over there to leave my car at the trailhead and my wife followed me all the way to the trailhead in her Toyota Corolla without any issues.

A person who's experienced driving dirt roads and picking lines could get a minivan out there. Like some of you were saying, the road to the trailhead for horses is super easy, but I found the last couple miles to the actual trailhead waaaaay nicer than the Taboose Passe road.

All that said, I could see a couple winters without road maintenance resulting in a much rougher drive that would probably exclude minivans and standard sedans.

PS: please don't go steal my truck

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Re: Shepherd Pass trailhead car access

Post by Silky Smooth » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:07 pm

Have a good trip, enjoy the corn my friend!!

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