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Portions of the route are on private property (I think), but the only gate I encountered was simply signed for no motor vehicles. There were signs of cattle grazing past this gate and I found a few cows where the road tops out just below the summit of Porter Peak. There is a ranch gate and some buildings just south of this point. I walked the last 1/10mi to the summit with about 20min until sunset. Nice views from the mostly open summit. On my way back I stopped at an OHV trail junction and parked the bike to climb the last quarter mile of steep OHV trail up to Madre BM. The sun had set by this time and I had no real views from the second summit, but the temperature was still delightful and a crescent moon was low on the western horizon. I finished up before 5:30p, without resorting to the headlamp for an 11mi outing that came in at just under two hours.
After showering, I drove a few more miles up the road to park at a saddle between Plowshare Peak and Miranda Pine Mtn, the first two summits for the morning. As luck would have it, there is a cell tower near Plowshare Peak so I had excellent coverage to text my wife during the evening...
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