68J is an odd road, officially open but as you experienced discouraged by the locals. It did get some significant erosion damage from the big storm. Both ends of the road have some deep ruts carved in them. I imagine there have been more than one stuck vehicles up there lately and the local residents are getting tired of it. I'd be surprised if any of the storm damage has already been repaired.
'03 KTM 450EXC
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