Well it's not the boonies if you're parked by the road. And guess what a lot of the dirt bags ravaging the forest have as a second income? That's right, hitting cars parked by the locked gates for anything valuable. Don't forget too, about people that aren't mobile enough to hike past the gate carrying 20#-30# of stuff for several hundred yards or a mile to and from the car parked outside the gate.Of all my time in the backwoods, I can't say I've ever run across many car thiefs trolling in the boonies looking to score.
I'm about done with recreating in the outdoors of oregon. It's either going to cost you 5-10 bucks just to PARK, to access, PUBLIC land, or there's going to be gates blocking people that can't necessarily walk in and out.
Hate to say it, but it's getting close to the old "Eff you Oregon! And the people that run you!", For a lot of reasons.