Well The ride was fantastic . Great views and the trails were just challenging enough for stock vehicles . But the Alt.route around the rocks is no longer an alternate . Its now just as tough.We came down the hill to the rocks and had quite a bit of challenge turning around . Loved every minute of it !!! We didnt get to many good pics , it was very cold up there . but here's some A big Thanks to Alex and Ike for a great day and the 7 other rigs we joined up with
We went in at Second Mountain Fire road right off 33. Then found Dictums Ridge on the left once we reached the atv / dirt bike parking area . As far as the gate being closed ,We never made it . There's a section That was far beyond the capabilities of our rigs and turned around . Good luck and have fun
From what I was told the entrance to 2nd mt right ff 33 is actually private property and that was the issue. The actual trail is on forest land, but the first several hundred feet is not. They also mentioned the opened their land for hunting season so that may be why you werent hassled
I don't know anything about private property ? anyone wants to pipe in ? The road has a designated forest road number . So as far as i'm concerned it's a public road !!!! But grab a map ,there are several roads leading up to that same area from 33 , Very easy to find in the Gazetteer .Better safe than sorry ?The forest dept. opens and closes gates in the forest during hunting season . Which may be the case for this particular road .
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.