View Full Version : Unpaved Section of Highway 173 Closed now. Shortcut between Lake Arrowhead and Hesperia

03-23-2011, 03:17 PM
This sucks not only for the residents but us hunters who use this shortcut. Now those of us who live in the valley have to drive all the way around Lake Silverwood to access that backside of the mountain. The excuses they give are BS


warren nelson
04-14-2011, 01:53 PM
Now that is crap wait until the fire gets started in that area and watch it burn up half of apple valley before they can put it out. What was the reason for the shut down of the 173

04-15-2011, 07:39 AM
We used to slip up the back way in the 80's when the snow effected getting up to the ski resorts to avoid closures. Best friend had a cabin in Sugarloaf, lots of good times. Too bad they have to close a road that has been used by so many to get up to that area.

04-17-2011, 07:30 PM
That sucks....I have a lot of good memories going up and down that road......The first and only turkey I bagged in the SBNF was off that dirt road.....

04-17-2011, 09:44 PM
This was the last state hwy that was a dirt road. The road had a slide down near the old white bridge and the state turned it over to San Bernardino county now who doesn't want to maintain it. This road is crucial to the mtn residents for an escape when fires hit the mtns. One of the front roads to this area Hwy 330 is closed due to a slide there. That leaves only 3 ways off the mtns, Hwy 18 to the south, Hwy 18 to the NE, Hwy 38 to the east. This road was a great shortcut up from the western upper desert by Hesperia and allowed some great hunting and hiking in this area. With our gubmint's shrinking their services due to budget cuts there will be more of this nonsense, you can count on it. Call SB county and raise cain about this closure.

This gate is just north of the Arrowhead Fish N Game Club gun range and Willow Creek trail road and so far it doesn't look like anyone's tested the strength of the gate or found a way around it yet.

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