Fire Road Gates in SoCal

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Don't-Look-Back, May 27, 2014.

  1. Don't-Look-Back

    Don't-Look-Back n00b

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    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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  2. 150ron

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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... :D

    They recently closed a whole lot of gates due to the fires a few months ago, errthing still closed unfortunatly...
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  3. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    Uh yeah, ask SHIFTY about going around/under locked FS gates in ANF....:nono
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  4. Don't-Look-Back

    Don't-Look-Back n00b

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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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  5. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    The choppers let you get in a few miles before they throw down.
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  6. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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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.. :eek1 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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  7. slowerthanu

    slowerthanu Been here awhile

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    great question with only four posts on your belt.
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  8. ballisticexchris

    ballisticexchris Long timer

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    I'm not much for going around a locked gate. If you get injured your screwed!
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  9. Don't-Look-Back

    Don't-Look-Back n00b

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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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  10. AZ TOM

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    Not much positive PR for our sport if they stop you either:D
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  11. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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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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  12. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    That's a good story, have another one?
    I was thinking the same thing..................:huh
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  13. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    If he hangs around here long enough he'll be afraid to mention 'gates and 'locked' in the same sentence!
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  14. Countdown

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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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  15. JG55

    JG55 Almost Normal

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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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  16. HAPPYTRAILSINC

    HAPPYTRAILSINC single track rider

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    I always thought closed gates and red sign post meant that there's good stuff beyond them to check out :lol3:lol3

    but yes, as jerry points out, if it does not say no vehicles / no trespassing, then ????

    some of us would call that the squid filter :rofl
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  17. mrchristian

    mrchristian Been here awhile

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    Oh man, I know exactly what you are talking about - trail had some sort of generic brown marker and no indication that you are leaving the OHV area. Rode down a crazy trail with switchback stairs. No way I was able to go back up that without a trials bike. Ended up lifting the bike over a big rock by a gate after finding no other way out.

    You can ride around some gates in SB area (Buckhorn maybe?). They are soft closures for trucks / SUV's /Side by sides but OK for OHV's.

    Does anyone know if the fire road beyond the fire station (Santa Clara truck trail) off Little Tujunga is legal? I saw no closed signs and a few parked cars last time I was mountain biking back there.
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  18. 1224R

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    The fact that all of you are talking about doing or not doing illicit activities on a public forum by a potential LEO troller just cracks me up....


    Most smart people who have a good thing just keep it to themselves...
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  19. 1224R

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    Cause I know you are all kidding about going around gates....
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  20. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    I never go around the gates :D
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    RIDE ON!
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