The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northeastern center of California.
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Tahoe National Forest

view of mountains with blue sky behind and rocky ground in foreground

Black Buttes, Grouse Ridge Nonmotorized Area, Tahoe National Forest

(Photo by Michael Woodbridge)

Tahoe Forest Atlas The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checker board ownership pattern.

The Tahoe National Forest does not include Lake Tahoe - visit the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit website for more information.)

Rivers, snow capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and opportunities and is managed by the Forest Service. For more information on accessible recreation facilities on the Tahoe National Forest follow this link. More.....

two snowmobiles parked on a snowy ridge Over-snow Vehicle Use and Groomed Winter Trail System (Travel Management – Subpart C)

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Recent News


Ecological Restoration for National Forests in California

The Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service recently released a statement of its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which explains the Region's guiding vision and goals for its stewardship of wildland and forests for the next 15-20 years.

Happy Wanderings - Bear Valley Area

view across meadow with conifers at edges, forested slopes in background

For those that have not discovered the Bear Valley area east of Nevada City, it is well worth some time.  Normally during the winter, the valley would be covered in white and would be suitable for an enjoyable snowshoe or cross country ski trip.  But without any snow, it still makes for a nice outing.  In addition to some National Forest System land, the majority of the valley is owned by PG&E and a variety of other private land owners.  Please be respectful of private land.


Tahoe National Forest Resumes Direct Management of Campgrounds in 2015

White Cloud Campground Sign

On April 23, the Tahoe National Forest kicked off the opening of its campgrounds for the 2015 season with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

2015 Fuel Reduction in Western Nevada County

Madrone Springs Map

Local, State, and Federal agencies and organizations have been working to reduce the fuels in western Nevada County for many years.


Forest Goes High Tech to Maximize Riding Opportunities and Protect Trails

remote soil moisture sensing station in forest

Tahoe National Forest has teamed up with partners to explore remote soil moisture sensing and video technology on OHV trails.

Tahoe NF Leads Rock Creek Nature Hike for Disabled Students

Rock Creek Disabled Kids Walking on Trail

For twenty years, Tahoe National Forest's Yuba River Ranger District has been reaching out to Nevada County Schools to help sponsor a special day for severely disabled students. 

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