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PostSat Apr 13, 2019 9:52 am 
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Decided to go check out the road conditions & snow elevations for a planned early spring adventure.

Pretty day with intermittent sun breaks.


I think this road is going to take constant maintenance and repairs. It was repaired just last year and now needs another.

Road scoured and the new asphalt gravel washed away


Last year's repair


Same spot & before last year's repair


Alot of money has been spent on this road. Very nice concrete spillway


The nemesis of this road? The steep south face of Crosby Mountain and it's not doing this road any favors


Things you'll find following snow melt waterfalls into the forest


Ancient puncheon to somewhere / nowhere


Other simple beauties


Lots of mountain lion tracks


Fun little stroll

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PostSat Apr 13, 2019 12:23 pm 
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It may be time to let this road go. It could easily turn into money pit road. There are enough attractions up there that it could be a fine biking and hiking route a la nearby West Fork Miller River..

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PostSat Apr 13, 2019 3:14 pm 
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RichP wrote:
It may be time to let this road go. It could easily turn into money pit road. There are enough attractions up there that it could be a fine biking and hiking route a la nearby West Fork Miller River..

I'm usually not a proponent of this, but I agree. Every time I've been there (on foot), it seems worse.

Not to mention it would help preserve some of the artifacts out there...
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PostSat Apr 13, 2019 9:18 pm 
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that culvert was clearly undersized. and poorly constructed. no wonder it washes out.

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PostSat Apr 13, 2019 10:49 pm 
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Thanks for this report. Although it's disappointing to see the road damage, it's an interesting reminder of the wild and steep terrain these roads are built through. Also loved the photos of the old puncheon -- is that close to the road?

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PostSun Apr 14, 2019 5:44 am 
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Bootpathguy wrote:
Alot of money has been spent on this road. Very nice concrete spillway
nemesis of this road? The steep south face of Crosby Mountain and it's not doing this road any favors

Reminds me of the Deer Creek Road off the MLH.  An elaborate concrete spillway just like this one is now a hanging spillway.  The debris flows over the road are ten feet deep in places.  The slope above was just too steep and big for a road.   shakehead.gif

I wonder if there are mine-to-market regulations that require the FS to keep roads like this open.

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PostSun Apr 14, 2019 9:14 am 
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puzzlr wrote:
Also loved the photos of the old puncheon -- is that close to the road?

Not far off the road. 50 yards maybe, upslope / north side and runs parallel with $ Creek Road. Somewhere between Kimball Creek & that concrete spillway. Don't remember exactly where

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PostSun Apr 14, 2019 10:38 pm 
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These 'pproach roads are where you gotta observe conditions and then drive fast so it doesn't slide on ya. Kind of like climbin' under big ice in the 8k scene.

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