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 Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to designated campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are fully extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Aspen Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Beacroft Trail Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done this year.
Bear Valley Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. No wood or charcoal fires permitted. A campstove can be used with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Big Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor
Big Trees Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Big Trees Nature Trail Open to Visitor
CalpineFire Lookout Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. No wood or charcoal fires are permitted at this time.
Castle Valley Road Closed to Visitor Gate closed
China Wall Staging Area Open to Visitor
Cold Creek Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. Wood and charcoal fires are limited to developed campgrounds only. Keep your fires small and ensure they are completely extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Cottonwood Creek Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect for the Tahoe National Forest. Wood and charcoal fires are limited to the fire rings or stoves in developed recreation sites only. Keep your fires small and ensure they are completely extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
East Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Wood and charcoal fires restricted to developed campgrounds only. Keep your fires small and ensure they are completely extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Euchre Bar Trail and Trailhead Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done
Findley Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to designated campgrounds only. Keep campfires small and ensure they are fully extinguished before retiring for the night or leaving the area.
Fir Top Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to designated campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are fully extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Foresthill OHV Area Open to Visitor
Forks House Trailhead Open to Visitor
French Meadows Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Boat ramps are accessible. Lake level is low.
French Meadows Campground Open to Visitor
Giant Gap Campground Open to Visitor Open
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 Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. No fires permitted. Camp stoves are currently still permitted with a California Campfire permit.
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 Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to designated campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are fully extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Lewis Campground Open 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 Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to developed campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are completely extinguished before retiring for the night or leaving the area.
Loch Leven Trail Open to Visitor
Lower Little Truckee Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. Wood and charcoal fires are limited to within developed campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are completely extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Manzanita Day Use, Swim Area Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Meadow Knolls Group Camp Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to designated campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are fully extinguished before retiring for the night or leaving the area.
Meadow Lake Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. Wood and charcoal fire limited to designated campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are fully extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Meadow Lake Shoreline Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to designated campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are completely extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
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 Brushy but do-able
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor
North Fork of the Middle Fork American River Trail Open to Visitor Watch for poison oak!
Onion Valley Campground Open to Visitor
Parker Flat Staging Area Open to Visitor
Pass Creek Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to developed campgrounds only. Keep your fires small and ensure they are completely extinguished before retiring for the night or leaving the area.
Pioneer Trail Open to Visitor Several trees down across the trail from Lowell Hill Road into Bear Valley. Most can be hiked around. One is  large and hikers have to shinny over the top - about chest high. (03/18/14)
Ralston Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Robinson Flat Campground Open to Visitor
Rucker Lake Campground Open to Visitor PG&E website at www.pge.com/recreation
Sailor Flat Trail Closed to Visitor
Shirttail Campground Open to Visitor Open
Silver Tip Group Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to designated campgrounds only. Keep fires small. Ensure fires are completely extinguished before retiring for the night or leaving the area.
Sugar Pine Boat Ramp Open to Visitor
Sugar Pine Staging Area Open to Visitor
Tunnel Mills Group Campground Open to Visitor
Upper Little Truckee Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions are in effect. Wood and charcoal fires are limited to developed campgrounds only. Keep fires small and ensure they are fully extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Woodcamp Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Wood and charcoal fires limited to developed campgrounds only. Keep fires small and completely extinguish them before retiring for the evening or leaving the area.
Woodcamp Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Yuba Pass Campground Open to Visitor Fire restrictions in effect. Keep fires small and ensure they are completely extinguished before retiring for the evening or leaving the area. Drought conditions have dried up the source of potable water for this location. There is no potable water available at this time.