Fletch, thanks for the local info. Is the north-to-south direction the easier way thru Poker Flats?
As far as I know there there are only 3 ways into poker flat that I know about. One is down in from the Downie side which isn't bad, the other is in from the Laporte side which is the one I was referring to, and there is the Gibralter st from the top of empire. Well there is one more, called grizzley, but the FS said no go on that one. It comes down from the top of the Rattlesnake trail and is very steep in parts.
Riding down the jeep road from the Downie side and then back out the Gibralter st is a fun ride, but Gibratlter can be a work out. It has a couple of tougher sections.