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Old 05-27-2014, 07:00 PM   #1
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Fire Road Gates in SoCal

Hello all! I've tried heading out to explore some fire roads only to be stopped by closed gates in the Angeles National Forest and the San Bernardino National Forest.

1st question - what is the best online resource for seeing if a gate is closed or not?

2nd question - anyone super knowledgeable about Fire Roads/Forestry Roads in the Angeles National Forest or the San Bernardino National Forest that might be interested in showing a noob some hidden gems?

Much appreciated!
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:24 PM   #2
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And if you cant get around it, one of those mini skateboards in your backpack, lay the bike on it and slide underneath.

just saying...

They recently closed a whole lot of gates due to the fires a few months ago, errthing still closed unfortunatly...
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:39 PM   #3
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And if you cant get around it, one of those mini skateboards in your backpack, lay the bike on it and slide underneath.

just saying...

They recently closed a whole lot of gates due to the fires a few months ago, errthing still closed unfortunatly...
Uh yeah, ask SHIFTY about going around/under locked FS gates in ANF....
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:52 PM   #4
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Hmm. Going around the gate. I'm embarrassed to say that I have never thought of doing that. You seriously slide your bike under gates on a skateboard? I guess I've been too much of a rule follower. In your experience, is it usually possible to get around the gate?
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:55 PM   #5
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Hmm. Going around the gate. I'm embarrassed to say that I have never thought of doing that. You seriously slide your bike under gates on a skateboard? I guess I've been too much of a rule follower. In your experience, is it usually possible to get around the gate?
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:12 PM   #6
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Theres a Section right now in DWF where you enter where its open, then theres a crazy off shoot that takes you down to San Francisquito,(Its a off shoot off a off shoot, even if you are looking for it, you can easily miss it) but this thing is like 4 inches wide of a trail, going straight down in certain spots, even with both brakes locked up you are still sliding down going more then 10mph... trust me.. You're sliding down this thing just hoping to stay on.

So going up that is not happening, unless you ride like a complete ''BOSS'' which i dont, therefore you have to go around the gate to get out.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:18 AM   #7
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great question with only four posts on your belt.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:42 PM   #8
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I'm not much for going around a locked gate. If you get injured your screwed!
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:56 PM   #9
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Good point. I'll should probably stick to open FS roads if I can find any. It seems like there are a lot more options in the San Bernardino National Forest.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:09 PM   #10
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I'm not much for going around a locked gate. If you get injured your screwed!

Not much positive PR for our sport if they stop you either
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You can get the combination to some of the locked gates from the Ranger Station. Used to do that at Rincon shortcut.

NO gates at Cleghorn or Lytle Creek. None on the Power lines at Mount Emma Road.
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great question with only four posts on your belt.
I was thinking the same thing..................
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:45 PM   #13
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great question with only four posts on your belt.

If he hangs around here long enough he'll be afraid to mention 'gates and 'locked' in the same sentence!
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:33 PM   #14
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I have seen lots of locked gates that have sign "Road Closed" yet there is obvious way around with heavy traffic.

If you ask an LEO if that area is closed to all human entry the obvious answer is NO. Can you walk around the gate he will say yes, can you take your Mt bike around the gate he will say yes, can you ride a horse around it he will also probably say yes. Question is who is the road closed to? If it does not say "Closed to All Motor Vehicles" then it is obviously open to anyone who can get in.
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I heard a true story of several off duty fireman and Pd's who were ticketed by forestry for going past closed gates.
Federal judge threw out case only due to "Cops dont give Cops tickets". Professional courtesy may not be a good defense.
Find out what the fine would be before you risk it.
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