Roads and Trail Status

Last updated: August 18, 2023

  • 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

Dirt Roads and Trails (native surface, unpaved)

Forestwide

Seasonally designated Roads and Trails are OPEN for motorized use as of May 1, 2023.  

  • 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 31. 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

Open. 

Silver Bear Snowmobile Trail System

Amador

Closed.

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

Inaccessible due to storm damage. 

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

Open.  

12N34
Forebay Road

Open.

Rock Creek - West Zone 

Open. 

FYI: Culvert failure on Rock Creek Road at Al Brass Creek.  The road is currently impassable and temporary barricades have been setup.  

  • From the north, you can not access sites south of the northern intersection of Rock Creek and trail 11E43 (trail 4).  
  • From the south, you can not access sites north of the intersection of 12N70G

The Rock Creek Trails are appropriate for OHVs, bicycles, equestrians and hikers. 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 of drying time in order to re-open.  

  • 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)

Open.  ** Trail 6-2 (11E52) and the segment of Trail 6 (12E50) from the southern intersection of 12N38A to its southern intersection with Rock Creek Road remains impassable with severe trail 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.

(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).)

Rock Creek - East Zone

Open. 

WINTER: 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)

*paved

Open.

 

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

*upaved 

Open.

17N12K
Angel Creek Day Use Area

Open.

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Gerle Creek and Harvest Trails

Open.

Ellis Trailhead / Rubicon 4WD Trail

Open.

16E21
Barrett Lake Jeep Trail

Open. 

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

12N78
Union Valley Road

Open.

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Union Valley Bike trail

Closed from Wench Creek campground north and between Wolf Creek and Yellowjacket campgrounds.

See Facility Renovation page for renovation closure. Forest order 03-23-05.

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


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. 

NOTE: A 1/2 mile section at the intersection with Wrights Lake Road will be closed from Sept. 5 to Oct. 11, 2023 while a meadow restoration project is in progress.  See news release.  

11N26
Wrights Lake - from Highway 50 to Wrights Lake

Open.

STATUS: PLACERVILLE RANGER DISTRICT - HIGHWAY 50 SOUTH AREA

Road Status

12N59
Slab Creek Road

Open.

12N34 
Forebay Road

Open.

12N34M 
East Slab

Open.

11N53
Alder Creek Picnic

Open.

11N46
Alder Creek

Closed from 10N44 to 10N50 (Mormon Emigrant Trail) - The bridge burned in the 2021 Caldor Fire. 

11N40
Silver Fork

Open. 

11N23
Packsaddle Pass

Open. 

11N16
45 Mile Campground

Open. 

10N83
North South

Open. Be cautious due to logging traffic from fire salvage and hazard tree removal. 

10N40
Plum Creek

Open.

9N45
Caldor

Impassable due to 2016/17 and 2023 STORM DAMAGE.  150’ washout 1 mile west of the intersection with the 10N83 road. The road is also undercut and partially washed out 1/3 of a mile west of the Plummer Ridge loop trail intersection.

9N34
Hasse Dairy
Road

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE.  

Caples Trail

Open. 

These trails are within the 2021 Caldor wildfire area so proceed with caution.

  • 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.

Elkins Flat*

Closed. The trails were significantly damaged in the 2021 Caldor Fire.

17E73
Strawberry Canyon

Open. 

17E16
Little Round Top Trail

Open. 

16E26
Long Canyon 4WD trail

Open. 

14E31
Plummer Ridge Loop

Impassable due to 2016/17 STORM DAMAGE. 

13E19
Pony Express Trail

Open.  There will be a series of sections that are temporarily closed for post-fire hazard tree falling in the Caldor fire area. 

Note: Five trail bridges were also burned in the 2021 Caldor Fire.

13E08
Fleming Trail System

Open. Use caution, post-fire hazard trees along trail.  

13E04
Cedar Park Trail

Open. 

10N57
Camp Creek 
The road is completely washed out due to a failed culvert 2.7 miles north of the Sciaroni Rd intersection.  2023 STORM DAMAGE. 

STATUS: AMADOR RANGER DISTRICT - HIGHWAY 88 AREA

Road Status

8N50
Salt Springs

Open.

8N25 (FR92)
Ellis Road

Open. 

8N23
Mehrten Springs

Open.

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.

8N03
Bear River

Open. County controls the gate.

Gold Note*

Open. Be cautious, trail clearing still in progress. 

19E01
Deer Valley

Open.

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

Partial access. Downed trees. Call Amador Ranger Station for additional information 209-259-3774.