WRT how to find the trail, I'll add that when I was with Craig on this one we were trying to make sure we were in the right spot and that I stopped a guy (looked like a hunter) to ask directions. He mentioned that the turn off 33 onto Second Mountain Trail (just west of Dale Enterprise) IS the way to go, he mentioned that there used to be a sign at the intersection with 33 that it WAS possible to access the NF trail from that road. He said somebody (gee, I wonder who?) removed that sign. He did mention that there is a lot of private property up there, and that there was a guy who was trying to stop people from accessing the NF trail from there, but that you COULD do so without tresspassing.
Second Mountain trail is paved for about the first hundred yards and then becomes gravel. I can still recall the hunter's directions:
"Follow the road until it becomes gravel, and keep following it for a little while. Eventually you'll come to a spot where the good road takes a sharp right, and a sh**ty road goes off to the left. The sh**ty road to the left is what you want. Just a few yards up that road you'll see the gate marking the start of the forestry trail."
It was exactly as he described it. All gates we passed were open. And that obstacle on Dictum's Ridge definitely puckered my stock-driving self. Maybe after a little lift and a BUNCH of skids... I imagine that other than the obstacle on Dictum's Ridge that the rest of it would be pretty tame for heavy-duty rigs, but for stockers it is a good time.
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