The "Back" Way is Closed; Regular Entrance is OK

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Posted by Last Chance Rand on April 09, 2002 at 11:54:22:

In Reply to: Barker Ranch Road Closure posted by Cat-Scan on April 09, 2002 at 11:11:25:

My guess is that this person missed the main entrance through the trees.

This route you describe is what I call the back way in to the ranch -- up and over the rolling mud hills, via the dump, then into the wash just below the Ranch. It is indeed closed for NPS "rehabilitation" goals. Quite frequently the wooden barricade is apparently knocked down and tossed to the side of the trail, but it is closed.

However, the main route into the Barker Ranch, up the wash and under the low-hanging tree branches, is still open, if you can clear the branches. With my roof rack & gas can I need to be spotted by someone in order to get under the branches!

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