Word is, simpsons was nearly unpassable as of a couple weeks ago but efforts are being made to open things up a bit. Sounds like that will be one of the toughest / technical parts of the course. Also heard that matomi is a little torn up and should be a task to get through for us limited power guys. Either way, november cant get here soon enough -Ben-
Simpson's will be going down, and then through the water crossing. From what I have seen,the only really bad thing is giant rain erosion ruts. Downhill is obviously much easier than up. I will be there shooting video.... nice place to hang out. Motos down Simpson's is slow and cautiously... no problem. BAJA1000 2009 BRING IT ON, BITCHES!
Joe Hauler and I rode up Simpson's 2 weeks ago on bikes and it is quite passable. No ruts, just the usual lotsa rocks. Only about 4 inches of water in San Raphael creek.
The surprise was the uphill leaving Mike's Sky Rancho, heading to the top of Simpson's. Mike has graded the road squeaky clean, removed the pesky mid-trail boulder and most of the rocks, and even laid a concrete slab to help the less-worthy get to the top.