Roads and OHV Trail Status

Last updated: December 1, 2016

Accessiblity of the various roads and trails on the forest depends on the time of year and the weather. Some road conditions can be predicted, others can not. Unpredictable events of nature can produce road hazards which may not be cleared upon your arrival. Be flexible and enjoy the journey!

Seasonal road and trail closures:

The Eldorado National Forest has several versions of these:

  • Forestwide (except Rock Creek OHV area): All native surface (dirt, unpaved) roads and trails are seasonally closed from January 1 through March 31st. During these winter and spring months vehicle use on dirt roads and trails is prohibited.
    • A Forest Order would be issued to go into the closure early or extend the closure based on forest conditions at the time. 
  • Rock Creek OHV area: 
    • Rock Creek Wet Weather Closure - Rock Creek OHV Trails are temporarily closed due to wet weather when 1.5 inches or more of precipitation is measured. The trails will open after a 48 hour period of drying weather. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

      • Why does Rock Creek have a separate closure? Rock Creek's trail monitoring and closure system was already in place when Travel Management analysis occured in in 2005 and works well for the area.

    • Snow Zone Closure - the eastern portion of the Rock Creek system is closed when 2 inches of snow is measured until the snow has completely melted from the Bald Mountain Staging area. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

    • Winter Deer Range Closure - from November 10 to May 1st the southern portion of the trail system is closed for wildlife needs. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

Changes in road and trail status for Morman Emigrant Trail and Rock Creek are updated on our Twitter page at twitter.com/eldoradonf/.

 

FOREST ORDER CLOSURES

Road

District

Status

Dirt Roads and Trails (native surface, unpaved)

Forestwide

The Seasonal Road and Trail closure IS IN effect.

December 1 through at least March 30

During the winter and spring months vehicle use on dirt roads and trails is prohibited. Use of soaked roads and trails contributes to sedimentation of streams and costly trail damage that can be prevented by avoiding use when trails are holding water. By allowing roads and trails to dry sufficiently, users will ensure quality trail opportunities in the future.

42 Route Meadow Closure

 

Project Web Page

Closed until repaired.

Reduced to 9 routes closed.

Amador Ranger District 

  • 16E26/17E19 Allen Camp MC Trail

  • 17E24 Carson Emigrant Trail beyond Mud Lake. (Mud Lake section of the Carson Emigrant Trail is now open up to Mud Lake, 17E32, and Allen’s Camp.)

  • 09N95 Cosumnes Head 

  • 09N01 Blue Lakes 

  • 19E01 (09N83) Clover Valley/DeerValley Trail

  • 17E28 Long Valley 

  • 10N13 Schneider Camp Road beyond parking area by barn

Pacific Ranger District

  • All affected roads have been completed. 

Placerville Ranger District 

  • 17E73 (10N13) Strawberry 4WD Trail 

  • 17E16 Little Round Top 

Forest Route 5 (Mormon Emigrant Trail/ Iron Mountain road)

AMA/PVL

Iron Mountain Gate on the east end is closed. There is no through travel between Highway 88 and Sly Park Road until the snow melts in the spring. Always be prepared for winter conditions when traveling in your National Forest.

Rock Creek - East & West Trails**

GEO

For the most up to date information call the Georgetown Ranger Station at 530-333-4312.

Rock Creek has it's own wet weather closure plan and does not fall under the forest-wide seasonal closure. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

Rock Creek - Southern Trails
(Crossier Loop Critical Deer Winter Range)***

GEO

Seasonal closure IS IN effect at this time: November 10 through May 1. ***

Call the Georgetown District Office at 530-333-4312 for current information. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

Rock Creek - East side portion

GEO

Snow Zone Closure - NOT in effect at this time.

The eastern portion of the Rock Creek system is closed when 2 inches of snow is measured until the snow has completely melted from the Bald Mountain Staging area. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

 

GEORGETOWN RANGER DISTRICT - WENTWORTH SPRINGS AND HELL HOLE AREAS

Road

Status

Forest Route 1 (Wentworth Springs) - from Georgetown to Stumpy Meadows

County intermittently plows between storms. Access dependent on weather. Be prepared for winter conditions.

Forest Route 2 (Eleven Pines) - from Wentworth Springs road to Hell Hole

Access dependent on weather. Be prepared for winter conditions.

This road goes through the King Fire area. Be very careful in winter due to possible mud and debris slides in fire area.

Forest Route 23 - from Ralston to Forest Road 2

Closed.

Forest Route 22 - from French House to French Meadows Reservoir

Closed.

Rock Creek 

See Forest Order Closure table above.

 

STATUS: PACIFIC RANGER DISTRICT - CRYSTAL BASIN AREA

Road

Status

Rubicon 4WD Trail

County road. http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/dot/

Check out this web site for current conditions.

http://www.rubicontrail.org/rubicontrail/conditions.asp

Barrett Lake Jeep Trail

Closed.

Bryant Springs - from Peavine Ridge to Westpoint Boatramp on Union Valley Reservoir

SMUD intermittently plows between storms. Access dependent on weather. Be prepared for winter conditions.

 

Granite Springs Road

Closed.

Ice House

SMUD intermittently plows between storms. Access dependent on weather. Be prepared for winter conditions.

Ice House/ Wrights Lake Tie

Closed.

12N30/50 - (north side of lake) from Westpoint Boatramp to Ice House road

Closed.

Peavine Ridge

SMUD intermittently plows part of this road in between storms. Access dependent on weather. Be prepared for winter conditions.

Weber Mill Road

Closed.

Wrights Lake - from Highway 50 to Wrights Lake

Closed.

Forest Route 1 (Wentworth Springs) - from Uncle Toms to Ice House

County intermittently plows between storms. Access dependent on weather. Be prepared for winter conditions.

This road goes through the King Fire area. Be very careful in winter due to possible mud and debris slides in fire area.

 

STATUS: PLACERVILLE RANGER DISTRICT - HIGHWAY 50 SOUTH AREA

Road

Status

North South

Access dependent on weather. No through access. Omo end is icy.

Elkins Flat*

Seasonal Dirt Road Closure in Effect.

See Seasonal Road and Trail Closure in Forest Order table at the top of the page.*

Packsaddle Pass

Closed.

Plum Creek 10N40

Closed.

45 Mile Campground 11N16

Closed.

Silver Fork

Snow. Accessible to 4wd vehicles with snow tires only. The next snow will probably make it unaccessible. Gate will soon be closed.

 

STATUS: AMADOR RANGER DISTRICT - HIGHWAY 88 AREA

Road

Status

Bear River

Access dependent on weather.

Blue Lakes

Closed.

Ellis Creek

Access dependent on weather.

Forestdale Divide

Closed.

Gold Note*

Seasonal Dirt Road Closure in Effect.

See Seasonal Road and Trail Closure in Forest Order table at the top of the page.*

Kirkwood Lake

Closed.

Mehrten Springs

Closed.

Mudd Lake Road and Squaw Ridge

Closed.

Note: The Mud Lake section of the Carson Emigrant Trail is open up to Mud Lake, 17E32, and Allen’s Camp when not in seasonal road closure. 

(The rest of this trail is closed for repair. See 42 Route Meadow Project.)

Omo Ranch

Access dependent on weather.

Panther Creek

Access dependent on weather.

Schneider Cow Camp

Closed. (The dirt portion of this road is closed for repair. See 42 Route Meadow Project.)

Strawberry Canyon

Closed. (This trail is closed for repair. See 42 Route Meadow Project.)

Tiger Creek

Road is intermittently plowed between storms. Icy conditions.

Woods Lake

Closed.

**Rock Creek Wet Weather Closure: During the Winter season (and other parts of the year as applies) as we get a total of 1.5" of rain or 2.0" of snow, we automatically close our Rock Creek trails. The closure of the trails applies to Off-Highway Vehicles, Bicycles and Equestrians to prevent resource damage to the trails in wet condition. We allow 48 hours drying time in order to re-open.

***Using any type of motor vehicle or bicycle on a forest development road or trail is prohibited between the days of November 10 and May 1, except Darling Ridge Road (12N80), Mosquito Road (12N60), Rock Creek Road (12N70), Slate Mountain Mine Road (12N83), Slate Mountain Road (12N76) and Lower Rock Creek Trail (Trail No. 23-25). Forest Order 03-00-03.