Roads and Trail Status

Last updated: April 16, 2018

Accessiblity 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:

Forestwide (except Rock Creek OHV area):

‚ÄčAll native surface (dirt, unpaved) roads and trails are seasonally closed from January 1 through March 31st. During these winter and spring months vehicle use on dirt roads and trails is prohibited.

  • A Forest Order would be issued to go into the closure early or extend the closure based on forest conditions at the time.

Rock Creek OHV area:

Rock Creek Wet Weather Closure

Rock Creek OHV Trails are temporarily closed due to wet weather when 1.5 inches or more of precipitation is measured. The trails will open after a 48 hour period of drying weather. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

  • Why does Rock Creek have a separate closure? Rock Creek's trail monitoring and closure system was already in place when Travel Management analysis occured in in 2005 and works well for the area. Snow Zone Closure - 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.)

Winter Deer Range Closure

From November 10 to May 1st the southern portion of the trail system is closed for wildlife needs. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

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

FOREST-WIDE OR MULTI DISTRICT CLOSURES

Road

District

Status

STORM DAMAGE

Forestwide

Roads closed due to storm damage.

Check the storm damage web page for the roads that were damaged over the winter and may be closed until repairs are made.

Dirt Roads and Trails (native surface, unpaved)

Forestwide

The Seasonal Road and Trail closure IS NOT in effect. 

December 1 through at least March 30

Although the Seasonal Closure has been lifted roads may still be wet at this time of year and vulnerable to damage. It is your responsibility to make good decisions about traveling on a wet road as you may be liable for road damage.

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.

42 Route Meadow Closure

Project Web Page

Closed until repaired.

Reduced to 6 routes closed.

Amador Ranger District

  • Allen Camp Trail

  • 17E24 Carson Emigrant Trail beyond Mud Lake. (Mud Lake section of the Carson Emigrant Trail is now open up to Mud Lake, 17E32, and Allen’s Camp.)

  • 17E28 Long Valley

  • 10N13 Schneider Camp Road beyond parking area by barn

Pacific Ranger District

  • All affected roads have been completed.

Placerville Ranger District

  • 17E73 (10N13) Strawberry 4WD Trail

  • 17E16 Little Round Top. Scheduled for repair spring/summer 2018 and then will be opened.

FR 5
Mormon Emigrant Trail/ Iron Mountain road

AMA/PVL

The road has snow on the east end and all of it is icy. It is now closed to passenger vehicles by forest order. We do not advise traveling on this road.

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

Road

Status

FR 1/CR 63
Wentworth Springs - from Georgetown to Uncle Toms Cabin

Open depending on weather.

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

STORM DAMAGE: Road is closed due to multiple slides and road failure.This road goes through the King Fire area.

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

STORM DAMAGE: Closed due to damage in the Blacksmith Flat area.

17N02 (FR 22)
French Meadows Reservoir to French House

Closed

13N42
Pigeon Roost

STORM DAMAGE: Impassable

Rock Creek - East & West Trails**

For the most up to date information call the Georgetown Ranger Station at 530-333-4312.

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 Orderpage.)

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

Seasonal closure IS in effect at this time: November 10 through May 1. ***

Call the Georgetown District Office at 530-333-4312 for current information. (Map and trail list is available on the Forest Order page.)

Rock Creek - East side portion

Snow Zone Closure IS in effect.

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

11N60
Jaybird Canyon

STORM DAMAGE: Temporarily closed.

Ellis Trailhead / Rubicon 4WD Trail

Snow

County road. Check out this web site for current conditions.

http://bit.ly/2wFztg2

16E21
Barrett Lake Jeep Trail

Closed.

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

Open. Plowed intermittently by SMUD in the winter.

11N99
Granite Springs

STORM DAMAGE: Impassable

17N12 (FR 3/ CR 147)
Ice House

Open. Plowed intermittently by SMUD in the winter.

11N37
Ice House/ Wrights Lake Tie

Snow

12N52/30
Wolf Creek/Bryant Springs
(north side of lake) from Westpoint Boatramp to Ice House road

Closed.

11N55
Peavine Ridge

Open to Bryant Springs road. Plowed intermittently by SMUD in the winter.

11N38
Weber Mill Road

STORM DAMAGE: Impassable

11N26
Wrights Lake - from Highway 50 to Wrights Lake

Snow.

FR 1/ CR 63
Wentworth Springs - from Uncle Toms to Ice House

Depends on weather. For the most up to date information call the Georgetown Ranger Station at 530-333-4312.

STATUS: PLACERVILLE RANGER DISTRICT - HIGHWAY 50 SOUTH AREA

Road

Status

13E19
Pony Express Trail

The Trail Bridge 1/2 mile west of Kyburz landfill has been destroyed by winter storms. No passage possible at this location. Generally, there are many trees down across the trail that will obstruct travel.

11N34
Forebay

STORM DAMAGE: Closed due to significant storm damage.

11N46
Alder Creek

STORM DAMAGE: Impassable

11N53
Alder Creek Picnic

Temporary Seasonal Closure of dirt roads to motor vehicles.

13E04
Cedar Park Trail

Open.

13E08
Fleming Trail System

Temporary Seasonal Closure of dirt roads to motor vehicles.

16E26
Long Canyon 4WD trail

Temporary Seasonal Closure of dirt roads to motor vehicles.

10N83
North South

Open depending on weather. Very icy conditions in some areas. Travel not recommended.

Elkins Flat*

Temporary Seasonal Closure of dirt roads to motor vehicles.

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

11N23D
Packsaddle Pass

Open depending on weather.

10N40
Plum Creek

STORM DAMAGE: Impassable

17E16
Little Round Top Trail

Scheduled for repair spring/summer 2018. When the maintenance is complete, the trail will be re-opened. (This trail is closed for repair. See 42 Route Meadow Project.) 

17E73
Strawberry Canyon

This four wheel drive trail has been closed pending trail maintenance. The trail work in late October 2017 went well but was not quite finished. Project will be completed next spring/summer and then the trail will be re-opened to the public. (This trail is closed for repair. See 42 Route Meadow Project.)

11N16
45 Mile Campground

Open depending on weather.

9N45
Caldor

STORM DAMAGE: Impassable

11N40
Silver Fork

Closed

Caples Trail System

Closed

12N59
Slab Creek Road

STORM DAMAGE: Impassable

STATUS: AMADOR RANGER DISTRICT - HIGHWAY 88 AREA

Road

Status

8N03
Bear River

Snow.

09N01
Blue Lakes

Snow.

19E01
Deer Valley

Snow.

8N25 (FR92)
Ellis Creek

STORM DAMAGE: Open. A PG&E contractor made an intermediate fix to the damaged area, allowing for safe passage to the North Fork Mokelumne River. Please be alert to driving dangers.

Gold Note*

Temporary Seasonal Closure of dirt roads.

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

10N11
Kirkwood Lake

Snow.

8N23
Mehrten Springs

Snow

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

Closed.

Note: The Mud Lake section of the Carson Emigrant Trail 17E24 is open from HIghway 88 up to Mud Lake, 17E32, and Allen’s Camp 17E19 when not in seasonal road closure.

(The rest of this trail is closed for repair. See 42 Route Meadow Project.)

CR 35
Omo Ranch

Open. Access dependent on weather.

8N05 (FR91)
Panther Creek

STORM DAMAGE: Temporarily closed.

8N50
Salt Springs/Tiger Creek

STORM DAMAGE: Road impassable due to multiple landslides.

10N13
Schneider Cow Camp

Closed. (The dirt portion of this road is closed for repair. See 42 Route Meadow Project.)

10N01
Woods Lake

Snow

**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.