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This is what I found on 8/11/07. Of course with time these conditions will change, for better or worse.
You can actually see a road to the NE that I eventually wound up using to access the summit. The starting elevation was at a sort of pass at about 4000' and the route involved some moderately steep and moderately brushy slopes.
2009 Update: In July 2009 the 47 road was found blocked at the bridge over Skate Creek which limits the access to all of these roads from the East. I don't know whether this was a short term or long term or permanent closure. It may still be possible to access Purcell via the road network coming in from the N all the way from the Ashford area at least based on what is on paper. But I have no idea if there are other washouts or gates or road issues.
I also have no idea either if the washouts I found in 2007 have been fixed or not. The washout on the South would be the mostly likely candidate for a repair I suspect.