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Sierra Madre Road

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Diane
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Joined: 13 Mar 2005
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Sierra Madre Road
Post Posted: March Sat 26, 2005 6:31 pm
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Post your update here or from Bryan's Interactive Backcountry Map.boots
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woodman40
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Joined: 09 Nov 2005
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Road is Awful
Post Posted: November Wed 09, 2005 11:02 pm
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The first part up from Hwy 166 is ok until you are past Miranda Pine on to about Timber Peak. Rutted but not bad. After that it is 4WD, low range rock crawling because there is no road surface left.It's 4WD becuse you need to pull the front wheels up one rock and down another. If you just have to get into McPhearson Peak come in by way of Bates Canyon past the old White Oak Ranger Station. Make sure the USFS gate is open above Bates Camp.

Do not apptempt this road past say Miranda Pine with anything other than a high clearance 4WD vehicle. Anybody planning a trip that includes a pick up at McPhearson should just plan to go on through to Aliso Park for pickup.
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BSA Troop 42
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Post Posted: April Mon 10, 2006 9:31 pm
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Drove the Sierra Madre Road to McPherson Peak on 1 April 2006. Low clearance - two wheel drive vehicle made it. Some small rocks needed to be moved off of the road The hike on the dirt road to Painted Rock Camp was easy.
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Cross Tie Walker
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Post Posted: July Thu 14, 2011 12:40 am
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Drove the Sierra Madre Road from 166 to the McPherson Corral this past Sunday (7/10/2011). Rutted and rocky in spots; 4WD not necessary but higher clearance than a passenger vehicle recommended. Poodle dog bush in *full* bloom.



Hiked from McPherson Corral out to Santa Barbara Cyn; hot but a great traverse of the range. Water at McPherson No. 1 Spring and Oak Spring good; Pine Corral barely a trickle. All befouled by cow sh*t, so pre-filter thoroughly before filtering.

Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/umotamba/sets/72157627191658806/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/50184896@N00/sets/72157627187123876/with/ 5934117127/

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Cross Tie Walker
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Post Posted: July Thu 28, 2011 7:03 pm
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Two slightly more descriptive posts over at my site chronicling our traverse of the Sierra Madre:

http://www.craigrcarey.net/2011/07/the-2011-potreros-tour-part-i/

and

http://www.craigrcarey.net/2011/07/the-2011-potreros-tour-part-ii/

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Post Posted: October Thu 20, 2011 8:12 pm
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and, finally, Part 3: http://www.craigrcarey.net/2011/08/the-2011-potreros-tour-part-iii/
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