First snow of the season on Castle Peak, late September 2014
(Photo by Dave Weixelman)
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.
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.....
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.
Now that fire activity within the American Fire area has diminished, Tahoe National Forest (TNF) officials have assessed conditions on two popular trails: the Western States Trail (WST) and OHV Trail Loop 6, also known as Forest Service Trail 11E44 (Loop 6).