From what I was told, they couldn't do it properly with there dozer they normally use, So in stead of paying extra for a bigger one they are ganna block it.
No that's not there job at all.
It's their job to keep trade free of obsticals and maintain them to a level that it can be used a fire access. That's it. It's all about the fire access.
But what they should of done is either gated it after they sent the dozer down or waiting until after the long weekend so there would be less traffic over it.
Either way they aren't done with that track, it's getting closed completely from the top end, so it's will be one way in and 1 way out.
An update on Deep Creek 1.
A few of us were up there on Saturday & the 'ledge' is back.... Coming in from the Walhalla end, the right hand side is similar too what it used to be; my rear diff can testify to that..., but the left hand side seems to be much smaller. It seems most vehicles have used that side, as the 'mushy section' after getting over has also returned. As you climb up, the off camber section is also starting to return & it wont be long before it is back to its 'pucker moment' condition.... It was quite slippery, especially for the few of us who were running A/T's, as I did slide towards the edge where it is very soft...
All of the track leading in from the Walhalla end has been graded down to the creek. All ruts & ledges which caused lots of undercarriage bashing are now gone & TBO, I quite enjoyed the drive down the steep descent without all the 'bashing & crashing'... Deep Creek 4 has also had some work done on it & there was a section where 4 of us had to winch up the last 10 metres as it was slippery & rutted with most vehicles 'bellied out'. Also the steep alternative track just after the creek has been closed with huge dirtmounds & trees.
Have heard, but cant confirm, that DEPI will monitor the track before making any further decision as to earlier reports of it being closed. If the track gets back to its original state, I suspect permanent, or at the very least seasonal, closure will happen.
Even though this idea will fall on 'deaf ears', for all the 4wders who want this iconic track to remain open, when it is a wet day or after recent heavy rain, alter your plans for the day & DONT DRIVE IT!. There are plenty of other great tracks in the area & just maybe if we 4wders dont go near it on wet days, it may remain open for a few more years to come.
Unfortunately, I wont hold my breath as to this happening....
PS, will put up some pics/video of the track over the next few days.
Earlier in this thread/post if I remember correctly, we pretty much can see its a dry weather track unless we are pushing for permanent closure.
So I assume it was very wet when you went through?
We have a group heading to wallhalla at easter next yr and this is one of the main tracks we are looking at driving, actually one of the main reason to start our trip at walhalla.
Is there any reason in particular that their looking at closing this track ?