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The power-line road heads straight up a really steep grade ahead, but a detour to the left offers an easier way over the hill

The power-line road heads straight up a really steep grade ahead, but a detour to the left offers an easier way over the hill This road also serves as access to a gas pipeline, as evidenced by "marker 64" hereThumbnailsThe short, sandy hill on the power-line road is really steep, rising at about 15% grade, with poor tractionThis road also serves as access to a gas pipeline, as evidenced by "marker 64" hereThumbnailsThe short, sandy hill on the power-line road is really steep, rising at about 15% grade, with poor tractionThis road also serves as access to a gas pipeline, as evidenced by "marker 64" hereThumbnailsThe short, sandy hill on the power-line road is really steep, rising at about 15% grade, with poor tractionThis road also serves as access to a gas pipeline, as evidenced by "marker 64" hereThumbnailsThe short, sandy hill on the power-line road is really steep, rising at about 15% grade, with poor tractionThis road also serves as access to a gas pipeline, as evidenced by "marker 64" hereThumbnailsThe short, sandy hill on the power-line road is really steep, rising at about 15% grade, with poor traction

Since I'm hiking, I'll take the shorter, steeper route. The power-line roads out here are notorious for their steep ups and downs as they trace straight lines across the desert, ignoring the topography.