Fordyce is not a novice trail.
Your signature does not say anything about lockers, without them you will not make it.
Fordyce is (IMHO) a step UP from the Rubicon.
I have also been hunting and fishing that area for over thirty years. Webber Lake, Jackson Meadow Res., Fordyce and Meadow Lakes. There are a lot of mild logging roads and intermediate trails in the area. Fordyce is not one of them. Many of the tougher areas do not have by-passes.
I am sure you can find a few that would be glad to "Drag" you through it for sheer pleasure, but you won't be the one laughing.