Recreation

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With breathtaking mountain peaks, lush meadows filled with wildflowers, historic mining towns, destination vacation spots at Goodyears Bar, Downieville, Sierra City, Truckee, Yuba River, the Lakes Basin Area and the Jackson Meadows Region, the Tahoe National Forest is one of the most popular recreation forests in the US.

In winter, there are outstanding winter sports opportunities including world renowned downhill ski areas and extensive snowmobile and cross-country ski trails to experience. In the summer, an extensive array of hiking trails (including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail) , OHV, equestrian and mountain biking trails provide access to many lakes, rivers, and mountain tops. Developed recreation sites including campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas, nature trails and even a fire lookout or two that can be rented for overnight occupancy. The Tahoe National Forest is a year-round playground. So come for a visit, relax and rejuvenate with our mountain air!

The recreation information is primarily organized by travel corridor. The main travel corridors are: Interstate 80, Highway 49, Highway 20, Highway 89 (North and South), Foresthill Divide Road, Mosquito Ridge Road, Bowman Road, Marysville Road, and Gold Lakes Road. Activities such as camping and hiking will also have related links to boating, biking, trailheads, parking, and OHV riding in the same corridor.

Accessible Recreation Facilities - For more information on accessible recreation facilities on the Tahoe National Forest follow this link. This guide lists facilities and recreation opportunities by Ranger District with features that are accessible for people with disabilities; (Not all locations/facilities listed are 100% accessible.) Because we are continually adding new accessible sites, please call ahead to the Ranger District for more information. The facilities listed meet federal accessibility standards (32-inch minimum width for doorways, adequate room for turning etc). More...

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
06 Forest Service Road Open to Visitor
American River Trail Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done this year.
Aspen Group Camp Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Aspen Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Services closed for winter.
Beacroft Trail Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done this year.
Bear Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for the winter.
Big Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Trees Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Big Trees Nature Trail Open to Visitor The trails will be closed for trail maintenance Oct 13-17 and Oct. 20-24.
CalpineFire Lookout Open to Visitor
Castle Valley Road Closed to Visitor Gate closed
China Wall Staging Area Open to Visitor
Cold Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground closed for winter.  Re-open in spring 2015.
Cottonwood Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground closed for winter.  Re-open in spring of 2015.
East Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Euchre Bar Trail and Trailhead Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done
Findley Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Fir Top Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Foresthill OHV Area Open to Visitor
Forks House Trailhead Open to Visitor
French Meadows Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Lake level is low. 
French Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Currently the water level is low and the boat ramp is not in the water (updated 7/31/14)
Giant Gap Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Grouse Falls Overlook Trail Open to Visitor
Grouse Ridge Campground Open to Visitor
Hallelujah Trail Open to Visitor
Italian Bar Trail Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done.
Jackson Point Boat In Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail at Sugar Pine Open to Visitor Trail is open but be cautious around trail work being done.
Lake of the Woods Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Lewis Campground Closed to Visitor Lake level low. Boat ramp not accessible.
Little Bald Mountain Trail Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done.
Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Loch Leven Trail Open to Visitor
Lower Little Truckee Campground Closed to Visitor Campground closed for winter.  Re-open in spring of 2015.
Manzanita Day Use, Swim Area Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Meadow Knolls Group Camp Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Meadow Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.  Re-opens in the spring of 2015.
Meadow Lake Shoreline Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Mosquito Ridge Trail Open to Visitor Large logs down across trail that must be climbed over/under. Watch for poison oak.
Mumford Bar Trail Open to Visitor Recently cleared
North Fork Campground Closed to Visitor
North Fork of the Middle Fork American River Trail Open to Visitor Watch for poison oak!
Onion Valley Campground Closed to Visitor
Parker Flat Staging Area Open to Visitor
Pass Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.  The Jackson Meadow reservoir level is too low at this time to utilize the boat launch areas.
Pioneer Trail Open to Visitor
Ralston Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Robinson Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Rucker Lake Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E website at www.pge.com/recreation
Sailor Flat Trail Open to Visitor
Shirttail Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Silver Tip Group Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter.
Sugar Pine Boat Ramp Open to Visitor
Sugar Pine Staging Area Open to Visitor
Tunnel Mills Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Upper Little Truckee Campground Closed to Visitor Campground closed for winter. Will re-open in spring 2015.
Woodcamp Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services closed for winter. Re-open in spring 2015.
Woodcamp Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Services closed for winter.
Yuba Pass Campground Closed to Visitor Campground closed for the winter.  Will re-open in spring of 2015.