So today I decided to take my girlfriend Stacey out and try the Bear Creek Reservoir run from Jordon River for the first time since it's no longer 2WD accessible.
I have been to it before years ago when you could basically go all the way in your Honda Civic if you took it easy. In a way, it's good that only 4 wheelers can get back there now because too may people were going in and camping there and shooting the hell out of everything and leaving garbage and scrap strewn around everywhere.
A short section of the road in that is about a km long is a bit of a mess now due to a slide, a washout and the resulting obstacles now keeping 2WD traffic out. People have worked passes in for ATV's but it is a bit difficult to get through the narrow passes completely unscathed unless you have a short wheelbase 4x4 with some decent clearance. I went through slow in low range and made it though everything and back again without anything scraping or even having to skirt the cliff edge. There is a series of three slide/washout passes and it definitely isn't pretty to look at but it should be passable for anyone with a decent 4x4, a bit of patience and some experience offroading. I passed a 4-door Jeep Wrangler coming back and a Toyota Tacoma as well as some ATV's and motorbikes before getting there myself. Just don't try this in your stock Rav4 or CRV if you don't like crunchy sounds under you. The first pass is the 2nd worst one, so if you don't chicken out there, know that there is one slightly more sketchy one ahead of you with a big boulder in the middle of the road just before you are in the clear, and remember, you have to go back the way you came in unless you would rather try to cross the creek at the reservoir and getting on to Butler Main but I have no idea what ways out there may still exist without gates.
I'm going to try to upload some photos and videos and a tracklog map of the route up. For now, this is all technically open but keep in mind there are now private lots starting to get carved out of the landscape on the lower section of Forebay Road and stay out of the sections marked private property. My original plan here was actually to do some trail blazing up on the loop trail on the East branch but I got turned back by snow again half way through on the north side of the hill up at 625m elevation. I'll give it another couple of weeks to thaw completely on the shady side and see if I can't get all the way around the loop. If so I will post that trail some time in the future, which should be a fun one too. Lot's of trees are down and lots of weeds growing in on some places so it may take a couple of trips to hack my way through it all. Enjoy the trail map and photos. I have a few video clips too, I guess I will need to upload those and link to share here...