FH 03 – where was it going?

Last week I explored around the Barker Pass area, including walking out to the west end of Forest Highway 03, which is the Barker Pass Road. The road has a consistent grade and width that indicates it was going somewhere important – but where? It wasn’t constructed to these high standards just to pull out a few trees up on the ridge, which was all that was done. I think the road was headed towards Five Lakes Creek drainage, and then on to the mills in Foresthill. There are some really valuable timber resources in Five Lakes Creek, and I think the plan was to grab them and haul them right on down to the mill. Designation of the Granite Chief Wilderness put a stop to the road and to any plans there might have been to cut. Some engineers were probably most unhappy. I’m not sure when this part of FH 03 was constructed. The only clue I have is a culvert under the road on the east side, in Blackwood Creek, that says 1969. The wilderness was designated in 1984, protecting those trees in Five Lakes Creek watershed forever.

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