FS Road 9B status

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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby BostonHammock » Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:54 pm

Friends of mine went down there a few weeks ago and said it was open. I think it just opened up after Memorial Day.
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby captain static » Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:14 pm

Here is a link to the Forest Service press release from last month announcing the reopening of Forest Road 9B - http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/dbnf/news ... EPRD501103
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby milspecmark » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:20 am

"To maintain water quality and reduce sediment into the stream, a gate has been installed nearly one mile from the previous end of Forest Service Road 9B to prevent stream crossing with motorized vehicles. This section of road will remain open for administrative use and public foot travel only."
So I assume this means you cant drive back to purple valley like before?
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby captain static » Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:54 pm

That is correct Mark. I haven't been back there yet to check it out but I did look on google earth and it looks like they did create a decent pull-out for parking just before the gate.
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby milspecmark » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:05 am

Makes purple valley a good place to go when the gorge is crowded
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby cottonej » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:22 pm

Can someone tell me how far the approach to indian creek and purple valley is from the new gate?
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby milspecmark » Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:07 am

About a mile to purple valley
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby Ascentionist » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:49 am

The gate is located where the Dip Wall parking has always been. There is about as much parking as there was before and there are some semi-developed camping spots just beyond the gate. I would agree with it being about a mile further to Purple Valley.
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby gregg » Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:53 pm

Could you take an ATV around the gate? A mile is a bit far.
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby :-) » Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:25 pm

gregg wrote:Could you take an ATV around the gate? A mile is a bit far.


Some of us would like to hear just nature sounds when climbing outside. If you think a mile of completely flat, wide, well-maintained, gravel roadway too much to walk, maybe you could pedal your bicycle.
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby milspecmark » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:22 am

I dont believe ATVs are permitted, but I am not positive on that one. I think clifty wilderness is the only place the atvs are permitted. I could be dead wrong though. http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/dbnf/recreation/ohv
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby gregg » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:08 pm

Thanks for the info.
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby BostonHammock » Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:38 pm

ATV's, or any mechanized/motorized vehicles are not permitted in Clifty, just FYI. That means no bicycles too. Not that it impacts getting to Purple Valley.


However:
"This section of road will remain open for administrative use and public foot travel only". Sounds like walking only, although I bet you could probably get away with a bicycle.
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby milspecmark » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:06 am

So then why is there a dedicated atv trail map in clifty? and a link on national forest website with maps?
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Re: FS Road 9B status

Postby BostonHammock » Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:43 am

I'm just going by the Forest Service map:

http://www.redrivergorge.com/pdf/rrg_map_med.pdf

And the Forest Service Website:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/dbnf/rec ... ecid=39460

Generally speaking, being designated a wilderness area with the Wilderness Act prohibits recreational use for mechanized and motorized vehicles. Heck, you're not even allowed to use power tools in the Wilderness Zone.

Maybe those area's are actually outside the Wilderness zone, and not part of the Clifty Wilderness? I couldn't find them on the FS website, care to share which trail you think run's through Clifty?
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