by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)
© Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.
This 4x4 trial is almost entirely on fractured rock and can at times be slow going. It takes you up the ridgeline to a former forest fire lookout that is now a high tech communications site with multiple towers and unmanned support buildings. Use caution at the many intersections as a lot of the roads are seasonally closed for the different game herds that graze in the area. We elected to return via a different trail and came down Milk Canyon Road to the Wenas road on the north side of the ridge, the DNR forestry gate at the bottom was locked when we got there and luckily local ranchers had just arrived to investigate fire reports from the lightning storm the night before and they opened the gate. This gate is not supposed to be locked and they locked it open saving us a 25 mile retracing of our track. The trail guide lists a number of informational signs along the way, the sign boards are still there but the signs have been long weathered and gone away. The views of the valley are enough to distract the driver so take time to get out and look around. Traffic on the trail was very light with only a couple trucks and motorcycles passed in the hours we were on the trail.
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