Reiff Road, aka Rayhouse Road or Yolo County Rd 40

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by ridepjride, May 19, 2008.

  1. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Yup, locked. Between the ranchers and the private hunting clubs, you ain't gettin' through there. Legally. But I will say that looking at Google Earth, roads and trails do connect all the way to Monticello Dam. That would be a fun loop for sure.
  2. Adventure Trio

    Adventure Trio Wandering

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    Have you ever ventured beyond the gate? (if you can get around it)

    I've been eyeing that for a while now....

    -Terry
  3. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Oh hell no. I don't intend to be one of "Those Guys" that trespass just because. Plus, I've met some of the owners of some properties on that side of the lake, and I wouldn't want to get caught by them if trespassing. Especially on a motorized vehicle. Sound travels way too far to be sneaky on patrolled private property.
  4. TwilightZone

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    > "Have you ever ventured beyond the gate? (if you can get around it) I've been eyeing that for a while now...."

    IMHO... don't go around locked gates in Northern Calif, marijuana farms or worse, meth labs.
  5. tmex

    tmex Long timer

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    +1

    It simply is not worth the possible consequences. There are still plenty of good places to ride, and I have not seen all of them.
  6. Adventure Trio

    Adventure Trio Wandering

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    I didn't realize beyond the gate was private property. We don't trespass either.

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  7. oldturtle

    oldturtle Been here awhile

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    I was alone on my DR650 at Cache Cr last week and checked out road from East end. Easy access around barricades and across concrete river crossing. No water over road bed. I rode about three miles up hill. Lots of storm debris and down trees to ride around but nothing difficult. Saw motorcycle tracks and mountain bike tracks. Finally just chicken shitted out because of unknowns and being alone. Would definitely continue this ride with others but not alone.
  8. ridepjride

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    Riding east from Knoxville Road today, almost to Cache Creek when I came across an abandoned van blocking the path.

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  9. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Reiff/Rayhouse is open.

    Just rode it today. A bit dry up there.

    The van is gone.

    3 or 4 narrow(ish) parts where trees are down but only a problem if you have one of those bikes with the cylinders sticking outta the sides.
  10. ridepjride

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    Took Rayhouse / Reiff Road westbound from Hwy 16 yesterday. There is a concrete barrier (k-rail) just east of the reservoir and another on the way up the last hill. Easy to get around them, but the first one surprised me. The gate at the west end is closed again.
  11. lvscrvs

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    We had a nice ride up Knoxville on the big bikes yesterday, and now that i recently scored a drz - first dirt bike in almost 40 years... :D.... i'd like to find more dirt and gravel roads to play on.... i've been on ida clayton and big canyon, but i'm curious to know if there are any others out there off knoxville or in the general vicinity outside of santa rosa that you can recommend...
  12. ridepjride

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    Not familiar with Santa Rosa area, but off of Knoxville there are a couple of dirt roads near the county line that go west into the Knoxville OHV area. North of Clear Lake there are lots of great roads and trails in the Mendocino Nat'l Forest. I like High Valley Road out of Clearlake Oaks, Bartlett Springs Road, Walker Ridge Road, M5 up to Goat Mountain.
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    hey, thanks pj!

    i remember seeing a sign out of the corner of my eye on the left as we were going north... about halfway, not a road sign, that looked like the entrance to an ohv area, or at least some dirt roads... on google maps it might be the 'jeep trail'... those other roads look like great ones too... time to explore.... this is gonna be fun... :clap
  14. axman27

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    i was up to buck island july 4th weekend in 2011 and there were about 50 people with lots of guns and 4x4 trucks. i spoke to an official with yolo county and he stated that the gate from reiff to rayhouse declaring a closed road in winter is not official and it is unknown who maintains that gate. it is speculated that the mining company locks it in the winter since yolo county stopped maintaining the road, and are simply trying to preserve what is left of the road. the K-rails are a good indication that the mining company is trying to shut down 4 wheel access, which is fine with me. 2 wheel access is always open save abandoned vans and the like. it should be noted that just because the mining company MAY be the ones closing the gate, they do not own rayhouse road and are simply trying to limit 4x4 autos. i have personally stumbled across 4 motorists who relied on gps or paper maps and attempted a crossing of rayhouse from morgan valley road to hwy 16. luckily i stopped them from descending the east side of the intersection to cache and fiske creek. One car was a 2004 ford focus and that guy made it all the way to buck island where i was camping. It is also said among land management agencies that davis lake/reservoir and surrounding ecological study sites may be open to the public in the future. If 4 wheel access is still restricted then i think it may work.
  15. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    The gates at both ends of Reiff Road (Yolo County CR40) is controlled by Yolo County. The east one at Cache Creek won't ever open again for 4-wheeled vehicles until the creek crossing is rebuilt. The west side is supposed to be open during the dry season, and closed in the wet season (dates vary).

    "The mine" has nothing to do with access to that road. If you're referring to Homestake Mine, they are the ones who donated the land to UC for the preserve. It's the preserve that you pass through west of the reservoir. The only ones I see that have an interest in keeping vehicles off of the ridge east of the reservoir and going down to Buck Island are the preserve itself and Yolo County. Blocking the road east of the reservoir is an issue that shouldn't be allowed to continue according the Board of Supervisors promise of public access to the county and BLM land in that area.

    The McLaughlin Reserve (http://nrs.ucdavis.edu/McL/index.html) isn't open to the public without reservations, and then only on selected days. I don't think that will ever change.
  16. ridepjride

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    Is this really winter? View of Davis Creek Reservoir from the southeast.
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    Hey ridepjride,

    Glorious ... thanks for posting!

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
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    Seavoyage Been here awhile

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    Informal ride to Lake Berryesa/Knoxville OHV area.

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    Route: Practice your navigation skills and route planning. Set up your GPS waypoints and roadbook reader, and navigate your way through the described route.

    Head North on Suisun Valley Rd to Rt-121 Wooden Valley Rd to Rt-128 Cappell Valley Rd to Berryessa Knoxville Rd. (West side of Lake Berryessa) for the multiple stream crossings.

    Morgan Valley Rd. to the South Entrance of the Knoxville OHV area. Turn left into Knoxville Devil's Head Rd. then follow signs to "Lower Camp". Head North out of "Lower Camp" on Jeep Trail to "Upper Camp"/Staging Area and back onto Morgan Valley Rd.

    Instead of heading to Lower Lake: Find the mysterious Rd-40!

    Morgan Valley Rd. East on Reiff Rd./County Rd 140A/Rayhouse Rd./Rd 40 all the way to CA-16 at Cache Creek Regional Park then back down to Rt-128, Rt-121 to I-80.


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    Seavoyage Been here awhile

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    Kudos to rodr and Banjoboy... bailed on tomorrows ride but made up by providing a route reconnaissance 24 hours ahead of the main party. Brave souls... got his ADV cherry popped on a weestrom!:shocker

    Nice photo of Banjoboy and his FZ6... yes you heard me: his FZ6 dirtbike shod with 17" street tires! and full Aerostich fashion.