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
American River Trail Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done this year.
Aspen Group Camp Open to Visitor
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 Water not tested, boil water 5 minutes before drinking. Use caution on Sierra County RD 451 as there are downed trees partially cleared on the edge of the road corridors.
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 Popular rental with reservations booked approximately 6 months in advance.
Castle Valley Road Closed to Visitor Gate closed
China Wall Staging Area Open to Visitor
Cold Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Cottonwood Creek Campground Open to Visitor
East Meadow Campground Open to Visitor
Euchre Bar Trail and Trailhead Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done
Findley Campground Open to Visitor
Fir Top Campground Open to Visitor
Foresthill OHV Area Open to Visitor
Forks House Trailhead Open to Visitor
French Meadows Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Boat launch at south shore (FM boat launch) is good and will be for a while. Access is good currently (5/15/2015) 
French Meadows Campground Open to Visitor Lake Level is low. (5/15/2015)
Giant Gap Campground Open to Visitor Opening April 25th for First Come First Serve. Reservations can be made for dates after May 22nd.
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
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
Lewis Campground Closed to Visitor Opening May 22, 2015 Lake Level is low
Little Bald Mountain Trail Open to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done.
Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp Open to Visitor
Little Truckee Summit OHV/Snowmobile Staging Area Open to Visitor 4/22/15 Snowmobiling closed for this year.
Loch Leven Trail Open to Visitor
Lower Little Truckee Campground Open to Visitor
Manzanita Day Use, Swim Area Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Meadow Knolls Group Camp Closed to Visitor PG&E expected to open campground June 5, 2015.
Meadow Lake Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E expected to open campground June 5, 2015.
Meadow Lake Shoreline Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E expected to open campground June 5, 2015.
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 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
Pioneer Trail Open to Visitor
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 Open to Visitor
Shirttail Campground Open to Visitor Open to first come first serve. Reservations can be made for dates after May 21st
Silver Tip Group Campground Open to Visitor
Sugar Pine Boat Ramp Open to Visitor
Sugar Pine Staging Area Open to Visitor
Tunnel Mills Group Campground Closed to Visitor Opening May 22nd, 2015
Upper Little Truckee Campground Open to Visitor
Woodcamp Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services expected to open mid to late May 2015.
Woodcamp Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Services closed for winter.
Yuba Pass Campground Open to Visitor Campground closed for the winter.  Will re-open in spring of 2015.