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Old 05-31-2010, 11:43 PM   #91
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Kinda muddy up there in parts. But fun. The bridge was only a few inches above the water when I went over it on saturday.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:39 AM   #92
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Thanks for the tips. I had no problem finding it on sunday, and it was a great way to break in my new KLX250.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:11 PM   #93
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The gate on the western end is closed and locked. There was a US government grader parked on the ridge, and the road down to Buck Island was freshly graded. Don't know exactly how it got in there. But it would appear that the BLM wants to maintain their roads. Also, the house next to the rock barn down near Cache Creek has been demolished.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:06 PM   #94
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The gate on the western end is closed and locked. There was a US government grader parked on the ridge, and the road down to Buck Island was freshly graded. Don't know exactly how it got in there. But it would appear that the BLM wants to maintain their roads. Also, the house next to the rock barn down near Cache Creek has been demolished.
I heard that gate was locked a few days ago- It was unlocked on Memorial day. The grader was in that spot on Mem. day, and there was a backhoe down by the stone barn.
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Old 06-14-2010, 11:23 AM   #95
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The grader is nowhere to be seen now along Rayhouse/Reiff Road (aka CR40). But grading activity has happened from the Davis Creek Reservoir all the way to the stone barn at Cache Creek (including leveling the house it appears). By looking at the tire tracks, it appears that the grader entered the area via the UC Davis Ecological Study area at the reservoir. No grading activity has occurred west of the reservoir to the county line (and locked gate). I also noted a lot of dirt tracked onto Knoxville-Berryessa Road at the entrance to the UC Davis study area. So it looks like the BLM got permission to get their equipment through the study area, probably because they needed better access to their study areas on the east ridge overlooking the reservoir.

The western gate is still locked closed. I emailed the Assistant Director of Public Works for Yolo County and got this response:

"That is a good question, county operations crews locked all winter gates open earlier this spring, and we do not have the time or reason to close any road gates.

I am surprised to hear that a gate on a non maintained road is locked.
I am also wondering who and why someone other than the county (who is required by Board of Supervisor resolution) would lock these seasonal gates closed.

Your guess is as good as mine. I will try to find out who locked the gate after I return on June 22."
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:34 PM   #96
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Yolo County Public Works has informed me that the gate on the western end is locked open again. If you find that it is not, please let them know and post the info here.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:43 AM   #97
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Gat'e open, road is good!
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:20 PM   #98
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The gate was open on Friday, May 20, and Sunday, May 22, 2011. Conditions were good, no mud.

I'd like to get back up there to explore Blue Ridge and the road to Buck Island ... super beautiful, isolated and rugged.

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Old 06-10-2011, 04:26 PM   #99
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Rode eastbound last Friday (6/3/11) before the rains came in. The Yolo/Lake Counties gate was open. Easily passable. One spot on the last stretch downhill to Cache Creek where a tree has fallen and partially blocked the road. The low water crossing was also easy. Did not check it out after the last rains.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:29 PM   #100
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Slightly off topic, but relevant - there is what appears to be a great big loop possible incorporating Reiff Road. When you get to the Berryessa-Knoxville end of Reiff, turn south and head for the lake, and there is a dirt road appropriately named East Side Road that runs along the east side of the lake. There is a big BLM sign at the beginning of this road stating no OHV use ahead, local traffic only, etc. It appears that this road might climb up to a fire lookout and then back down to Capay Valley, linking up with Highway 16 in the form of County Road 78A.

Every time I go out to Reiff I've had a buddy in tow who has to get home to the wife ASAP, so I haven't had a chance to try this one. Next time I'm going to tell him to find his own way back! Anyone else make it through that way?
attempted this in 09, came upon a locked gate about 5 - 6 miles in on east side road.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:16 AM   #101
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Yup, locked. Between the ranchers and the private hunting clubs, you ain't gettin' through there. Legally. But I will say that looking at Google Earth, roads and trails do connect all the way to Monticello Dam. That would be a fun loop for sure.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:37 PM   #102
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Yup, locked. Between the ranchers and the private hunting clubs, you ain't gettin' through there. Legally. But I will say that looking at Google Earth, roads and trails do connect all the way to Monticello Dam. That would be a fun loop for sure.
Have you ever ventured beyond the gate? (if you can get around it)

I've been eyeing that for a while now....

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Old 06-16-2011, 07:10 AM   #103
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Oh hell no. I don't intend to be one of "Those Guys" that trespass just because. Plus, I've met some of the owners of some properties on that side of the lake, and I wouldn't want to get caught by them if trespassing. Especially on a motorized vehicle. Sound travels way too far to be sneaky on patrolled private property.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:32 AM   #104
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> "Have you ever ventured beyond the gate? (if you can get around it) I've been eyeing that for a while now...."

IMHO... don't go around locked gates in Northern Calif, marijuana farms or worse, meth labs.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:25 AM   #105
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> "Have you ever ventured beyond the gate? (if you can get around it) I've been eyeing that for a while now...."

IMHO... don't go around locked gates in Northern Calif, marijuana farms or worse, meth labs.
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It simply is not worth the possible consequences. There are still plenty of good places to ride, and I have not seen all of them.
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