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


Tahoe National Forest

Sun shining through clouds over vista of mountains through pine trees

Washington Road Vista, March 2014

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.....

Butterfly pollinating Native Plants and Pollinators of Washington Ridge
DATE: Saturday April 19, 2014
TIME: 9:30am - 1:30pm
MEETING PLACE TO CARPOOL: Tahoe National Forest in Nevada City
This event is limited to the first 25 who sign up.
Flyer for more info


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.

Winter 2014: Snow is Scarce, but Recreation Opportunities Abound Along Hwy 20

3 men dressed for mountain biking, unloading bikes from a truck parked in a dirt pullout in forest

With the warm dry weather this year, recreation opportunities abound in the Tahoe National Forest along Highway 20!   This is such an unusual year; don't miss the opportunity to get out and about while the days are warm and dry.   Hiking, biking, equestrian, and motorcycle trails provide many ways to explore the forest and are within 15 miles of Nevada City.  Starting near the Harmony Ridge Market or the Old 5 Mile House Restaurant many trails, trail heads and vista points can be visited as one heads east.

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Tahoe Receives Grant From Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Sierra Nevada Conservancy logo

With a 2013 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Tahoe National Forest crews treated National Forest System lands to remove non-native invasive plants. This work will continue in 2014.

Seasonal Trail Work Increases Recreational Opportunities; Sustains Resources

Butcher Ranch Trail

Tahoe National Forest (TNF) seasonal trail work finished earlier this summer and fall brings more opportunities for recreationists to enjoy the forest while sustaining natural resources.


Smokey Bear Visits Skyridge Elementary!

Smokey Bear and Forest Service officers with kindergarten students in classrom

Smokey Bear and helpers from the American River Ranger District visited kindergarten classes at Skyridge Elementary School in Auburn.

Truckee River Watershed Designated as a New Treasured Landscape

Truckee River Day Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Release

The Truckee River watershed has been designated by the National Forest Foundation as a "Treasured Landscapes-Unforgettable Experiences" site.

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