Swamp Lake OHV is still closed. This morning the ranger office said it will be lucky to be open by August 1st.
Deer Valley is also closed. Blue lakes road is only open to the 4th gate.
With limited choices I have decided to head up to Utica reservoir near slick rock trail.
Take highway 4 towards Bear Valley from the Central Valley. A few miles before Bear Valley, you will come to Spicer Reservoir Road (watch for the Sno-Park signs). Go down this about 5 miles until you see a forest road with a sign about Utica Reservoir. Take this. At the next intersection, you will see a sign for Union Reservoir to the right or Utica Reservoir to the left. Take the left and continue down until you see the reservoir.
Let Steve or I know if you plan to go. We will monitor CB channel 4 and HAM simplex 147.555. We plan to camp near where we did last year by the reservoir depending on the number of people that confirm and campsite availability. I have yet to confirm the trail is open but the camp grounds are. At this point, I’ll be happy just to be in the mountains and get some fishing in. Maybe head down to the river with our fishing guide DD.