The colors are fading fast, but after I negotiated the Merritt Creek washout on the gravel portion of Skyline west of Spirit Mountain I found that the remainder of the gravel to Beck's road has been graded and the many smaller washouts repaired. There are a few soft spots, but overall it's in great condition; perhaps the best news is the the barriers are still up on the west end, so I had it all to myself today.
I've posted a similar shot to this before, but still think it's one of the most scenic locations in the area:
More good news - at the end of this stretch Becks road is now paved. I crossed Becks, cut over to the Munger trail on Mission Creek Parkway and found that the Munger is quite passable, with only a few, short gravel sections.
Oh yeah.....cross bikes are wonderful inventions!