Actual road conditions-Ballarat to Goler
Posted by doc on June 15, 2003 at 12:22:17:
Ignore Ruperts very bad advice, the road is in excellent condition from Ballarat as far as the Briggs mine, from there onwards it is totally washbarded, very many sharp rocks. The road up the alluvial fan to Goler is in very poor condition from all of the Quads and dirt bikes, many loose rocks. I strongly advise anyone attempting the wash to park at the entrance and walk up a quarter mile first to check it out. The first waterfall is steep with loose gravel, but o.k. The middle falls are very tricky, wet and slippery with steep and jagged bedrock exposed for about twenty feet. The upper falls are impossible except for very light 4WD with exceptionally good knobby tires. A winch would be a help. BE WARNED! If you get stuck on the falls, you don't have room to turn around, and trying to reverse down the canyon would challenge the most experienced off roader! Once past the falls, the road has not been cleared or graded for a long time, and you'll have to stop and move watermelon sized rocks about every fifty feet! I have been taking my high clearance chevy up there for the past twenty years, and this was the first time I couldn't get past the falls. Once past the gravesite, the sharp turn around the bluff is now VERY narrow, and from the metal and paint scrapings on the rocks, people coming over from the Striped Butte side have messed up their vehicles there. The logs in the newman cabin have lots of entries from unhappy off-roaders who have come to grief attempting the route lately.