Trip date: April 05, 2020
Caltopo map here: https://caltopo.com/m/CLSP
This was in middle of the the initial COVID-19 period in the US. I picked this place because I figured very few people would be around. I did actually see some people near the summit of Nugget Hill but in general use seems quite light.
I wanted to start this route by climbing the eastern-most ridge of Nugget Hill. There are some foot bridges labeled on the USFS map, but the property owners appear to be trying hard to keep people from using them (if they even still exist).
I was planning on descending Gillespie Gulch on my return. After post-holing through snow in tennis shoes for at least 1.6 miles, I encountered a small parcel of private property that was not labeled on the USFS map. They had a sign that claimed that the the road was privately managed and could not be passed.
I always get confused about the regulations on this. I can't find anything on the USFS website about these special case forest roads. It seems like a pretty weird deal for the federal government to maintain a road/trail on public property only to have it dead-end on 2 sides. Isn't this effectively tax dollars paying for someones private access road?
The forest service road on the south side of Nugget Hill that descends to Lefthand Canyon Road is really pretty at sunset.