I haven't seen anything about this here on jeepforum.com, but apparently some lady up in Cold Creek is trying to get the Wheeler Pass Road closed on the Cold Creek side, and the US FS appears to be going along with this. I wheeled up there a few weekends ago and found this:
The sign was kinda awkwardly placed and I couldn't tell if it was really referring to the route I was taking or pointing to another road, so I kept driving. I didn't encounter anything to hinder my drive and kept going on my merry way. I went over the top and went down into Pahrump as if nothing was going on, though there was less traffic than I expected. I saw a similar sign at the edge of the Spring Mountain National Rec Area boundary for folks driving up from Pahrump, but that was it.
However, I've been seeing indications from people in a local club I belong to that one of the landowners in Cold Creek is taking it upon herself to obstruct the road and I've heard tell that she is parking trucks in the road to block traffic.
To add insult to injury, the brain trust at the US FS doesn't seem to want to make an issue of this, and has decided to close down the route insofar as it crosses this private property. One acquaintance of mine was even told that they are starting the paperwork to start the environmental review process to construct a new road bypassing the private property. The problem here is two-fold: one, this process will take years (best case), during which time Wheeler Pass will be blocked off from the south; and two, there's a good chance that the net result of the environmental review process is that the route never gets reopened. Our environmentalist "friends" are always looking for a chance to close off whatever unpaved routes that they can, and you can bet that they'll be gunning at any chance they get.
This is when my attorney spidey-sense starts tingling. The fact of the matter is that this route has been used for decades (at least) by the public and this lady doesn't have the right to close this route down. I'm off a mind to put together a group of plaintiffs and sue this landowner (and all her neighbors, they'll be thrilled) to get judicial recognition of the public's right to utilize this road.
So, your thoughts? I'm not looking for anyone to hire me to do this. I'm happy to do it pro bono unless I am able to recover fees as a part of this process. There will be expenses, and if anyone wants to chip in on those, I would be much obliged, but I'm not asking for anyone to pay for my time. I'm interested in what experiences you all have had with this road, how long you've been riding it, whether you've had problems accessing it, etc. Reply here or shoot me a PM. I'd love to talk to any of you about this.