Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a growing sport in the mountains. Riding is permitted on designated routes, which include the forest road and trail network, except for the Pacific Crest Trail, short nature trails, and any trail leading to, or inside designated Wilderness areas.

Challenging routes can be found for all skill levels but the more spectacular rides are best attempted by the experienced cyclist. Route information is available at each of the Ranger Stations.

Electric Bicycles:

  • Electric bicycles are growing in popularity and offer increased potential for quality recreation experiences, where determined appropriate, that connect people with enjoyment of their National Forests.
  • Electric bicycles are allowed on roads and trails open to all vehicles, 50 inch OHV and motorcycle only routes OHV.
  • Electric bicycles (including pedal assist) are not permitted on non-motorized trails.

Practice Good Stewardship of our Trails / Roadways:

  • You can help to take good care of our trails and roadways so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions:
  • Check in advance with the local Ranger Station for the latest trail and riding conditions.
  • Always announce your presence to others when you need to pass and yield to hikers and horseback riders.
  • Stay on the designated route, do not cut switchbacks, help prevent erosion and habitat destruction.
  • Don't Litter... take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.
  • Do not operate your bike or cycle on unauthorized trails or roadways. Bicycles are never permitted on the Pacific Crest Trail or within the Wilderness - Always verify the route you wish to ride allows bicycles.
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Safety While Biking:

  • Ride the appropriate bike for the trail conditions. Wear your protective gear, such as: helmets, pads, gloves, and reflective clothing.
  • Recognize changes in the weather and be prepared in advance.
  • Always carry water, drinking water near the trail network is scarce.
  • Be courteous and remember that you are sharing the trail or roadway with other forest users, which may included motorized vehicles on designated OHV routes and street-legal roads.
  • Flashlight - with extra batteries, or a hand crank charger Cell Phone - with extra batteries or a hand crank charger Road Map & Forest Map GPS Units help pinpoint your exact location in an emergency - with extra batteries.
  • There are several hundred abandoned mines on the forest. The public is prohibited from entering any of these openings. If any of these of openings are causing a clear and present danger to the public, report the location to the local Ranger Station for signing or fencing.

Mountain Biking Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities