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Old 03-21-2012, 12:56 PM   #121
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Anyone been on Reiff lately? Thinking of a weekend expedition soon, but I'm wondering if the gate is open. I don't think I can get the Ural around it through the bushes!
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:30 PM   #122
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I don't think you can get a Ural out through the K-rail barrier on the east side.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:55 PM   #123
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Definitely not! But just maybe if I pulled off the fender on the hack...

We'll be coming from the west side. Anyone been out there?
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:30 AM   #124
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Rode through eastbound on 6/3/12. The gate on the west side was open, and it looks like some grading has occurred down to the entrance to the UC botanical gate near the old mine. Beyond that, there were some rock that had fallen just before the dam. The climb up to the ridge was easy, though the dried ruts from 4-wheeled vehicles made you pay attention. Downhill to Cache Creek was almost entirely motorcycle and mtb tracks dried in the mud and some fresher ones.
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:02 PM   #125
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Rode through eastbound on 6/3/12. .
I went over Reiff on the Friday the 8th for the fist time. It was an easy run going from Morgan Valley to Hwy 16, some ruts and rocks.
I went at an easy pace though; I wasn’t riding aggressively at all.
What bothered me were all the signs saying Reiff and county road 40 were closed. Anyway, no one hassled me and the occupant of the house I passed waved in a friendly manner.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:08 PM   #126
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Beavers on the upper end of the spillway at Davis Creek Reservoir today. That plus seeing the bald eagle and navigating the new ruts made it a very nice day.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:46 AM   #127
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Beavers on the upper end of the spillway at Davis Creek Reservoir today. That plus seeing the bald eagle and navigating the new ruts made it a very nice day.
Cool shot of the Beavers.


Speaking of Reiff Road - The gate was closed when we were up there last Thursday 2/14/13.


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Old 02-18-2013, 08:36 AM   #128
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Never seen the beaver before

but I really enjoy spotting the Eagle. First time I saw her she was sitting on a dead tree on the eastern side of B/K Road before the road climbs up to the west side of the creek. She flew off while I was stopping and fumbling around for the camera.

Last time I left the big camera at home and only had the cell phone but I did manage a few shots of her.



OK, OK...I admit this is a bit sketchy. Here's a better one (NOT photoshopped from the internet)



Glad to know she's still around.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:31 PM   #129
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The gate is closed/locked for the season, we got around on the downhill trail.

There was a third beaver about half way down the slide. He was a pudgy guy and struggled to climb up the slimy moss-covered surface toward his compadres. After awhile he gave up and slid to the bottom, looked like a good ride for him.

The eagle was in the trees on the north shore of the reservoir. I've also seen one at Buck Island where the buses used to take the rafters before the bridge was condemned.

A special area to ride, and close to home!
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:54 AM   #130
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Yes, it is special. If you like riding there, keep an eye on these guys:

http://berryessasnowmountain.org/

And these:

http://www.tuleyome.org/

They wish to "improve" management of the area to protect it from development. I don't trust them or the Feds.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:40 AM   #131
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Just rode Rayhouse yesterday (west to east) with the BARF group.

The west side gate was closed....but the lock was only locked to the gate and NOT to the post. It opened with a gentle push.....welll maybe not so gentle.

Anyway, if you go up there take a close look at the gate if it's closed. You will likely be able to get through.

NOTE: No road maintenance at all and the west side rocky areas are deeply rutted. The riders on BMWs V-stroms and the like had a few hairy moments picking their way throught the washouts and ruts.

KLRs DR650 and smaller (and big bikes with real knobbies) should not have a problem. As always picking a good line and planning ahead through the washouts is important. If it looks challenging for you, get off and walk the section first.

East side access is as last year. BMWs can just barely squeak around the K-rail


Yolo CR 41.

The gate on the west side of CR41 (leading to Sand Creek Road and Arbuckle on the east) is closed and LOCKED with no access points around the gate anywhere that I could find.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:12 PM   #132
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Anyone have any additional info on the Sand Creek Rd. access gate? I was planning on using that road as a cut-off (west-east) for a ride I'm doing this week. I've only been through once and the gate was closed but not locked.

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Old 03-12-2013, 07:56 AM   #133
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Anyone have any additional info on the Sand Creek Rd. access gate? I was planning on using that road as a cut-off (west-east) for a ride I'm doing this week. I've only been through once and the gate was closed but not locked.

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Sand Creek Road, aka County Road 41. Info from Yolo County's website indicates winter closure. When that changes, especially considering our dry winter? Best to call Public Works and ask. The gate on the Highway 16 side allows access to local landowners (some of whom wanted the road abandoned by the county a couple of years ago). The gate at the Colusa County line (eastern end at the top of the ridge) is quite secure with no easy workaround.


From here: http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=831

Seasonally Closed Roads
* CR. 40 is closed to vehicular traffic at State Route 16 in Yolo County. Pedestrian or equestrian access ONLY.
* CR. 53 is closed to vehicular traffic from the gate, approximately 0.63 mile west of CR. 49, to the west end. Pedestrian access ONLY.


The following roads are open during the summer, closed during the winter and are NOT maintained by the County:

1. CR. 81, FROM GATE APPROXIMATELY 0.82 MILE WEST OF STATE ROUTE 16 TO WEST END
(GATE OPERATION PERMITTED TO PRIVATE LANDOWNER)

2. CR. 41 FROM GATE AT START OF GRAVEL TO COLUSA COUNTY
(GATE OPERATION PERMITTED TO PRIVATE LANDOWNER)


3. CR. 17 FROM EAST GATE, WEST OF CR. 95A TO WEST GATE, EAST OF CR. 90A
(GATE OPERATED BY COUNTY)

4. CR. 40 NEAR LAKE COUNTY LINE TO STATE ROUTE 16 IN YOLO COUNTY
(GATE OPERATION PERMITTED TO PRIVATE LANDOWNER)
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:06 AM   #134
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My recent post about CR 41 at Hwy 16 was on Sunday March 10th at about 2:30 PM.

It would seem that any time you have "GATE OPERATION PERMITTED BY PRIVATE LANDOWNERS" that you're going to get some variation in whether or not the gates are locked, closed, or (as we found for CR40) locked but not secured to the post.

If the landowners get tired of locking it all the time (human nature) they may leave things unlocked but in the closed position.

Yolo Co. does not really seem to feel the need to update the road closure website very often. You just have to pretty much ride up and take whatever you find.
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Thanks, fellas, for the useful info. Much appreciated.
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