The jeep road definitely goes through (as of November, 2011) and bypasses the gate. Follow this 2-3 miles to find the TH. You pass a few branches (continue taking the left route) and an old tank before finding a few fire rings and a cairn where the trail starts up a drainage.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe