The gate accessing Center Creek FSR is still open and the 2wdr still handled the road up to the new gate (which was closed) at the Illusion spur around 800m. Parked and headed up. Not drivable, but someone has recently cleared and marked the old road to the turn at 1000m. While the old road makes a sharp right turn, the recently cleared trail continues straight up to the west. I'm guessing an alternate climbers route to Rexford. We continued on up that thinking it just might be a trail to Delusion, but it turned south under the slabs, so we turned around and headed back to the junction at 1000m.
From there, the old road was bushy, but not too bad. Some deep creek gully crossings. It got worse, though, and we eventually left it around 1050m. From here, the forest wasn't too bushy or rough, and the trees were well spaced.
Around 1260m we came across the old road again. Followed it for a bit, but no way we were travelling that, so we headed into the forest again. This time it was a fairly new second growth which was very bushy and the trees were packed tightly together. Not easy travel.
Fought our way up to meet up with the old road again at 1400m, looked up and saw more bushy and densely treed second growth and it took the wind out of my sails. I was really hoping things were going to start opening up by then. Sat down to eat and contemplate, and heard voices in the forest just south of us....must have been taking the smarter way up.
Not knowing how the remaining 400+ meters up were going to go, and not knowing how the descent was going to go, we decided to play it safe and turn around. Came across this in the thick trees on descent. Someone tried to put in a trail at one time.
The descent wasn't too bad and we were back at the car in 2 hours. Perhaps with these baby-steps and an earlier start, we will make it next time.