Reiff Road, aka Rayhouse Road or Yolo County Rd 40

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  1. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Just rode Rieff/Rayhouse West to East today. The gate on the west side was closed but NOT locked, swung it open and closed it behind me (like I was trained to do by my dairyfarmer grandad).

    It was raining off-and-on so the ride up to the gate loaded the knobbies with mud but they cleaned off nicely on the rocky sections. The bit from the top "4-way" interesction down to Hwy l6 was dryer....just damp. Erosion ruts are a bit worse than last year but not as bad as I would have expected. If people keep using this route, I think it will stay passable for several more years.

    The low-water bridge is dry and water level is about 12 inches below the pavement. As noted there is a fallen tree over the trail about a mile west of Cache Creek. There is enough room to get a big bike with windscreen/fairing through carefully.

    Went south on 16 to Rd 41 (Sand Creek Rd) which is also open. The gravel stream bed about 1/2 mile from the gate is dry and easier to get across than last time I was through.

    Took the slab from Arbuckle south to the homestead trying to race the rain clouds - partially sucessful

    Wild flowers (if you're into that kinda thing) are everywhere.
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  2. steelerfan1069

    steelerfan1069 bugkiller

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    Did Reiff Rd. on Monday, gate was wide open, despite the sign the states "Gate at county line closed permanently". Very little water on some of the low water bridges, Cache Creek bridge was dry. Followed that up with Bear Creek Rd. off of Hwy. 20. Nice ride. Everything is blooming!
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  3. jetpoweredmonkey

    jetpoweredmonkey Rider of the Lost Empire

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    Slightly off topic, but relevant - there is what appears to be a great big loop possible incorporating Reiff Road. When you get to the Berryessa-Knoxville end of Reiff, turn south and head for the lake, and there is a dirt road appropriately named East Side Road that runs along the east side of the lake. There is a big BLM sign at the beginning of this road stating no OHV use ahead, local traffic only, etc. It appears that this road might climb up to a fire lookout and then back down to Capay Valley, linking up with Highway 16 in the form of County Road 78A.

    Every time I go out to Reiff I've had a buddy in tow who has to get home to the wife ASAP, so I haven't had a chance to try this one. Next time I'm going to tell him to find his own way back! Anyone else make it through that way?
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  4. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    I've gone a ways down that road, but I didn't see it going anywhere. . . It would be great if it could be done though. I didn't spend much time scouting it out.
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  5. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I've been down that road to the end but didn't see any OBVIOUS road heading east up and over the ridge.

    I have an old map that shows County Road 78 or 78A going from the Capay side west up to the radio/tele towers up on the ridge. I would have to be there to service the equipment but usually those roads have locked gates.

    I'll have to give it a better look next time.

    Talking with the owners of VeloCity in Winters some time ago. They said that there was some movement afoot to complete this loop (with a multi-use trail whatever that means) from east side road. The only two possiblilties would be to have it go over the top to Capay OR (and this would be very cool) to have it link back up with Hwy 128 by coming over Monticello Dam.
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  6. Cpt. Ron

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    I've explored some of the roads from Capay Valley west up into the hills. They have all had locked gates. There used to be a fire lookout up where the radio towers are. I don't know from which side that area was accessed from, but I'm pretty sure it's an exclusive club to get up there.

    I highly doubt there will be any access across Monticello Dam. Both from a security standpoint and need. The east shore of Berryessa is easily accessible from Highway 128, just east of the bridge across Cache Creek downstream of the dam....if you have a key. Check out Google Earth, you'll see lots of roads and trails up there. It is almost all private property on the eastern shore, north of Monticello Dam (a little landlocked BLM thrown in for good measure). I don't see public access happening at any time in the future.
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  7. Jenn

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    Any update on Reiff?

    I got snow/sleet/hail/rain last weekend on the Sheetiron... and heard that there was actually still some water on Knoxville Berryessa Rd...
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  8. little_twin

    little_twin Been here awhile

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    I am planning on heading out that way monday or tuesday. Where exactly is the turn off for reiff rd? I have looked every time i've been out there, but always manage to miss it. On the map it looks like it is just after the tunnel if your headed east on morgan valley rd.
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  9. jetpoweredmonkey

    jetpoweredmonkey Rider of the Lost Empire

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    If you're talking about the equipment overpass tunnel (what the heck is that place out there - some kind of mine maybe - I'm always going too fast to stop and look!), that's about five miles east of Reiff.

    There is a road on the map that leads to Reiff at the spot you mention, but it is gated off at both ends as far as I can remember. The real start of the road is hard to miss, it's not some tiny little hole in the fence, there is a rather wide paved apron and road sign.
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  10. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Yeah, there's a sign there saying that Rieff road is closed at the yolo county line, 4 miles ahead (or something like that). Keep your eyes peeled, you'll see it.
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    Kinda muddy up there in parts. But fun. The bridge was only a few inches above the water when I went over it on saturday.
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  12. little_twin

    little_twin Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tips. I had no problem finding it on sunday, and it was a great way to break in my new KLX250.
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  13. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    The gate on the western end is closed and locked. There was a US government grader parked on the ridge, and the road down to Buck Island was freshly graded. Don't know exactly how it got in there. But it would appear that the BLM wants to maintain their roads. Also, the house next to the rock barn down near Cache Creek has been demolished.
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  14. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    I heard that gate was locked a few days ago- It was unlocked on Memorial day. The grader was in that spot on Mem. day, and there was a backhoe down by the stone barn.
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  15. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    The grader is nowhere to be seen now along Rayhouse/Reiff Road (aka CR40). But grading activity has happened from the Davis Creek Reservoir all the way to the stone barn at Cache Creek (including leveling the house it appears). By looking at the tire tracks, it appears that the grader entered the area via the UC Davis Ecological Study area at the reservoir. No grading activity has occurred west of the reservoir to the county line (and locked gate). I also noted a lot of dirt tracked onto Knoxville-Berryessa Road at the entrance to the UC Davis study area. So it looks like the BLM got permission to get their equipment through the study area, probably because they needed better access to their study areas on the east ridge overlooking the reservoir.

    The western gate is still locked closed. I emailed the Assistant Director of Public Works for Yolo County and got this response:

    "That is a good question, county operations crews locked all winter gates open earlier this spring, and we do not have the time or reason to close any road gates.

    I am surprised to hear that a gate on a non maintained road is locked.
    I am also wondering who and why someone other than the county (who is required by Board of Supervisor resolution) would lock these seasonal gates closed.

    Your guess is as good as mine. I will try to find out who locked the gate after I return on June 22."
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  16. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Yolo County Public Works has informed me that the gate on the western end is locked open again. If you find that it is not, please let them know and post the info here.
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  17. jdizzle

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    Gat'e open, road is good!
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  19. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Rode eastbound last Friday (6/3/11) before the rains came in. The Yolo/Lake Counties gate was open. Easily passable. One spot on the last stretch downhill to Cache Creek where a tree has fallen and partially blocked the road. The low water crossing was also easy. Did not check it out after the last rains.
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  20. slammin211s

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    attempted this in 09, came upon a locked gate about 5 - 6 miles in on east side road.