Roads and Trail Status

Last updated: May 23, 2022

  • Forest Rules, Regulations, and Forest Specific Forest Orders (regulations)

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    As a visitor to the National Forests, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forests and the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote a pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experience for all visitors.

Accessibility of the various roads and trails on the forest depends on the time of year and the weather. Some road conditions can be predicted, others can not. Unpredictable events of nature can produce road hazards which may not be cleared upon your arrival. Be flexible and enjoy the journey!

Seasonal Road and Trail Closures

The Eldorado National Forest has several versions of these:


 

 

FOREST-WIDE OR MULTI DISTRICT CLOSURES

Road District Status

Specific Facilities, Roads & Trails

Caldor Fire Area

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - Forest Order 03-22-06 addresses closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails.

Dirt Roads and Trails (native surface, unpaved)

Forestwide

The Seasonal Road and Trail closure is NOT in effect.

  • Extended Closure: Rainfall, soil moisture, road and trail conditions, and weather forecasts are factors that may trigger an extension of the seasonal closure past April 1st. 
  • Annual Closure: January through at least March 30. This may be extended depending on forest conditions.

During the winter and spring months vehicle use on dirt roads and trails is prohibited. Use of soaked roads and trails contributes to sedimentation of streams and costly trail damage that can be prevented by avoiding use when trails are holding water. By allowing roads and trails to dry sufficiently, users will ensure quality trail opportunities in the future.

Mormon Emigrant Trail (MET) / Iron Mountain road

Placerville/ Amador

NOT accessible through to Highway 88 for passenger cars. The road crew is working on this road now and expect it to be open on Thursday May 26th.

STATUS: GEORGETOWN RANGER DISTRICT - WENTWORTH SPRINGS AND HELL HOLE AREAS

Road Status

ELD-63
Wentworth Springs Road (from Georgetown to Eleven Pines road)

Open.

14N23 (FR 25)
Blacksmith Flat - from Ralston to Forest Road 2

CLOSED still due to LANDSLIDES in 2017 & 2019.  The slide will likely cost more than $1 million to remove and mitigate hazards. The area is unstable.

14N19
Desert Cold Springs Road

Closed due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE. 

14N08 (FR 2)
Eleven Pines- from Wentworth Springs road to Hell Hole

Open.

13N42
Pigeon Roost

Closed due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.  Impassable.


Forebay Road

Open.

11NY05
Crooked Silver Road

Closed due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE. 

Rock Creek - West Zone **

Open.

The Rock Creek Trails are appropriate for OHVs, bicycles, equestrians and hikers. There may be some down trees blocking sections of trails, so please use with caution.  If you come to an obstruction, please turn around.  Do not go off trail to get around the obstacle, because it causes resource damage.  

  • For the most up to date information call the Georgetown Ranger Station at 530-333-4312 or our virtual office number at 530 334-6477.
  • Updates on the Rock Creek trails status are available on Twitter at twitter.com/eldoradonf/.

Rock Creek has it's own wet weather closure plan and does not fall under the forest-wide seasonal closure.(Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order  page.)

Rock Creek - Southern Trails
(Crossier Loop Critical Deer Winter Range)***

The winter closure is NOT in effect at this time:  (November 10 through May 1. ***)

  • For the most up to date information call the Georgetown Ranger Station at 530-333-4312 or our virtual office number at 530 334-6477.

Rock Creek - East Zone

Open.

The eastern portion of the Rock Creek system is closed when 2 inches of snow is measured until the snow has completely melted from the Bald Mountain Staging area. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

STATUS: PACIFIC RANGER DISTRICT - CRYSTAL BASIN AREA

Road Status

ELD-147 (FR 3)
Ice House Road (Highway 50 to Loon Lake)

Open. 

ELD-63
Wentworth Springs Road (from 14N08 Eleven Pines road intersection on Georgetown District to Ice House road intersection)

Open.

 

ELD-63
Wentworth Springs Road (from Ice House road intersection going to Loon north towards Gerle Creek)

Open.

17N12K
Angel Creek Day Use Area

Expected opening 5/27/22.

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Gerle Creek and Harvest Trails

Expected opening 5/27/22.

Ellis Trailhead / Rubicon 4WD Trail

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

16E21
Barrett Lake Jeep Trail

Closed.

For more information go to the Hi-Landers web page as they maintain the trail under the Adopt-A-Trail program. http://hi-landers.com/BLT/BLT.html

13N28
South Creek Road

Closed due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.  Impassable.

12N78
Union Valley Road

Open.

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Union Valley Bike trail

Partially open.

12N52
Wolf Creek Road (north side of lake) from Westpoint Boatramp to Ice House road

Open.

12N30
Bryant Springs - from Peavine Ridge to Westpoint Boatramp on Union Valley Reservoir

Open. 

11N99
Granite Springs

Open.
Road inaccessible beyond 11N42 junction due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE (washed out). )  

11N60
Jaybird Canyon

Closed due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.  Impassable.

11N55
Peavine Ridge

Open.

11N52
Lake Shore Drive (north side of Ice House Reservoir)

Open.

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Ice House Bike Trail

Open.

11N38
Weber Mill Road

Open.

11N37
Ice House/ Wrights Lake Tie

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

11N26
Wrights Lake - from Highway 50 to Wrights Lake

Partially accessible. Still snow towards the Campground on the north end.

STATUS: PLACERVILLE RANGER DISTRICT - HIGHWAY 50 SOUTH AREA

Road Status

12N59
Slab Creek Road

Impassable due to 2017/18 STORM DAMAGE. 

12N58
Camp Six Road

Impassable due to 2017/18 STORM DAMAGE.  

12N34 
Forebay Road

Open.

11N53
Alder Creek Picnic

Open.

11N46
Alder Creek

Closed - The bridge burned in the fire.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - A new Forest Order 03-22-06 addressing closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails takes effect April 1, 2022.

11N40
Silver Fork

Open.

11N23D
Packsaddle Pass

Open.

11N16
45 Mile Campground

Open.

10N83
North South

Open. Be careful of logging traffic.

10N40
Plum Creek

Closed - EID is repairing the flume and associated activities. Once this is complete in a few months the road will re-open .

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - A new Forest Order 03-22-06 addressing closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails takes effect April 1, 2022.

9N49
Steely Road

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE. 

9N46
Bear Meadow Loop

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.  

9N45
Caldor

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.  150’ washout 1 mile west of the intersection with the 10N83 road. 

9N34
Hasse Dairy
Road

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.  

9N34C
McKinney Holdup
Road

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.   

9N10
Willow Flat
Road

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.  

Caples Trail System

The main trailheads are closed but the trails are not.

  • 17E15 Cody Meadows
  • 17E20 Silver Fork 
  • 17E22 from Highway 88 north to end
  • 17E49 Strawberry Creek
  • 17E51 Caples Creek
  • 17E53 Kirkwood Lake Loop
  • 17E63 Forgotten Flat
  • 17E71 Old Silver Lake Trail
  • 17E73 Strawberry 4WD Trail
  • 17E74 Spur Bee 4WD Trail.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - A new Forest Order 03-22-06 addressing closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails takes effect April 1, 2022.

Elkins Flat*

 

Closed: the trails were significantly damaged in the fire.

CALDOR FIRE AREA: Developed Recreation Site, Road, and Trail Closures - A new Forest Order 03-22-06 addressing closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails takes effect April 1, 2022.

17E73
Strawberry Canyon

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

17E16
Little Round Top Trail

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

16E26
Long Canyon 4WD trail

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

14E31
Plummer Ridge Loop

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE. 

13E19
Pony Express Trail

Open. Note: Five bridges were burned in the fire.

13E08
Fleming Trail System

Open.

13E04
Cedar Park Trail

Open.

STATUS: AMADOR RANGER DISTRICT - HIGHWAY 88 AREA

Road Status

8N50
Salt Springs/ Tiger Creek

Open.

PG&E handles access to this gate.

8N32
Panther Ridge Road

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.
Access into the area is limited to Ellis road when not covered in snow. No funding for repairs at this time.

8N25 (FR92)
Ellis Creek

Open unless inaccessible due to snow.

8N23
Mehrten Springs

See Seasonal Road and Trail Closure in Forest Order table at the top of the page.*

8N05 (FR91)
Panther Creek

Closed and Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE. 
Access into the area is limited to Ellis road when not covered by snow. No funding for repairs at this time.

8N05G
East Panther Creek 36 Road

Closed and Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE. 
Access into the area is limited to Ellis road when not covered by snow. No funding for repairs at this time.

8N03
Bear River

Open.

Gold Note*

Open.

19E01
Deer Valley

Closed. The gates at Deer Valley (19E01) and Meadow Lakes (09N01) 4WD roads will open on June 28th

17E79
Mud Lake Road and 17E24 / 16E26 Hungalelti Ridge

Open.

See Seasonal Road and Trail Closure in Forest Order table at the top of the page.*

**Rock Creek Wet Weather Closure: During the Winter season (and other parts of the year as applies) as we get a total of 1.5" of rain or 2.0" of snow, we automatically close our Rock Creek trails. The closure of the trails applies to Off-Highway Vehicles, Bicycles and Equestrians to prevent resource damage to the trails in wet condition. We allow 48 hours drying time in order to re-open.

***Using any type of motor vehicle or bicycle on a forest development road or trail is prohibited between the days of November 10 and May 1, except Darling Ridge Road (12N80), Mosquito Road (12N60), Rock Creek Road (12N70), Slate Mountain Mine Road (12N83), Slate Mountain Road (12N76) and Lower Rock Creek Trail (Trail No. 23-25). Forest Order 03-00-03.