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The Willow Meadow trailhead into Dinkey Wilderness is a treat. The first part is paved, but with bathtub sized holes in the pavement, and you really get a jounce if you don't see that one in the shady spot and hit it going 40 mph. The road turns to rocky dirt road, and then just dirt, of the air duct clogging silty kind. The last couple miles of bumpy road can knock parts off the underside of your car if you aren't paying attention. I've seen BMWs and a Mini Cooper in there - I wouldn't take my Mazda in there because the ruts and roots are such that the wheel base width ensures I'd be taking a hit to the suspension, but I bet the Mini just swerved around the worst of it.
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