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5/3/2019 at 8:10:53 AM GMT
Posts: 3
Security Gate - maintenance and access
We are an organized tract in California. We have had a gate for years and almost no
issues but recently issues have arisen due to cabin ownership changes and from the utility
company and forest service. What is the prevalence of security gates? We are being told by our
district office that since we have gates blocking vehicular traffic other than for cabin owners, the
cabin owners assume responsibility for the roads within our tract.


5/4/2019 at 6:31:46 PM GMT
Posts: 10
Fascinating. We’re behind a gate (with a fake lock). We’ve been told ours is not considered a road-it’s considered an access route and that it can’t be improved beyond clearance for a high clearance 4WD. We are literally no allowed to maintain it.


5/4/2019 at 6:33:11 PM GMT
Posts: 10
Fascinating. We’re behind a gate (with a fake lock). We’ve been told ours is not considered a road-it’s considered an access route and that it can’t be improved beyond clearance for a high clearance 4WD. We are literally no allowed to maintain it.


5/6/2019 at 12:46:00 AM GMT
Posts: 1
We are also in California, and yes we also have a locked gate with access locks for fire, USFS, Sheriff etc. The roads are our responsibility, at least presently. Road maintenance is very expensive, about $100 a linear foot. That is for road base mixed with portland cement, watered and compacted. Given the rain we had this year, the contractor was not sure the project would last more than a few years. Re-grading and spreading gravel was another option. We applied for, and were granted a permit to improve the roads, but ours is a small tract and raising $10-15,000 seems to be a big challenge. I'm ready to take some picks, shovels and bags of gravel to improve some spots.

The USFS simply doesn't have the funds to maintain the roads.

That said, they absolutely need access to some areas behind the gate and were talking about re-grading some parts of the washed out road.


5/17/2019 at 7:29:16 PM GMT
Posts: 7
My cabin is in WY and there is a gate to prevent access during winter months. Becuase this road is used for cabins and public camp grounds, the FS is responsible for maintaining the road EXCEPT for the portion that is used solely for cabin access. This portion is apparently our responsibility but requires a permit from the FS prior to any road improvements.