Yesterday we decided to head into the Spring Mountains on a trail the USFS MVUM (motor vehicle use map) shows as an open route for all vehicles between Lost Cabin road and Lovell Canyon road. If open as shown on the map, this would be a nice loop trail just a few miles west of Spring Mountain Pass.
We started on Lost Canyon Road from 160 to the cabin turn off, and followed the road designated on the map as FR 45539. On the ground, the road designation is FR 539. As soon as we started on 539, the JKs navigation system showed the road name change from Lost Cabin Road to Long Dead End Road... as it turned out for us, not just a clever name.
The road follows a wash most of the way to the top of the ridgeline that runs along the west side of Lovell Canyon. There has been serious water running though the wash from last years rains, and getting through some spots was much like Potato Ridge.
Climbing to the top of the ridgeline, the trail got very narrow, and at the top of the ridge, only an ATV or motorcycle would attempt further crashing through the trees.
Our club (Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers) has contacted the forest service about trail maintenance on the west side of the Spring Mountains, and I hope SOMEDAY that government agency will get off their indecision making asses and tell us we can do some stuff to keep trails open... like tree trimming on this trail!