Yup, always closed but never locked. It is a PUBLIC road. There are a couple land owners that like to make it LOOKED like it's a locked gate so that people that don't know better, are intimidated to enter and just go away. I have talked to the guy that owns the house and big property just passed the second gate a couple of times. He has always been polite and interesting to talk to. His father homesteaded the property many years ago.
As far is Mason Valley is concerned, we have an unwritten rule to not discuss it outside of the members only section.