Snowmobiling

In the Sierra National Forest there are over 180 miles of designated snowmobile routes. The routes are located near Shaver and Huntington Lakes on Hwy 168. 155 miles of the designated routes are groomed and maintained throughout the winter season. Grooming efforts are sponsored through the California State Off-Highway Vehicle Program.

These trails are maintained for snowmobile use, both ATV’s and Nordic skiers are welcome. Grooming of routes and trails are provided by The Sierra Snowmobile Association and the US Forest Service.

The following is a description of the snowmobile routes and trails:

Huntington Lake Trailhead
Kaiser Pass Trailhead
Tamarack Ridge Trailhead
Whiskey Trail

Snowmobiling and ATV Guidelines and Requirements

Snowmobilers will find 209 miles of groomed and maintained trails around Huntington Lake, Tamarack Ridge and the High Sierra Area. There are trails for all levels of experience from easiest to most difficult. Come and enjoy a day of winter fun.

Snowmobiles are not allowed in wilderness areas or on trails designated for cross-country skiing only.

All All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and snowmobiles are required to have a "Green Sticker" affixed to the vehicle. Snowmobiles may travel cross-country, except in snowplay areas, along major highways, within major developed recreation areas, and in popular cross-country ski areas.

•All snowmobile routes are open to skiers, snowshoers and licensed ATV's.
•All ATV's are restricted to designated trails.
•ATV operators must wear an approved helmet.
•All routes are closed to all other vehicles.
•Be alert to STOP AHEAD and STOP SIGNS before highway crossings.
•Look out for vehicle traffic and use a spotter to assist at snowmobile crossings.
•Stay on designated routes near dams. Trails do not cross dams. Be alert at stream crossings, not all crossings have bridges constructed.
•Trails may be natural, track packed or groomed depending on grooming schedule.
•Know the locations of marked trails, and proximity of wilderness boundaries.
All All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and snowmobiles are required to have a "Green Sticker" affixed to the vehicle. Snowmobiles may travel cross-country, except in snowplay areas, along major highways, within major developed recreation areas, and in popular cross-country ski areas.

•All snowmobile routes are open to skiers, snowshoers and licensed ATV's.
•All ATV's are restricted to designated trails.
•ATV operators must wear an approved helmet.
•All routes are closed to all other vehicles.
•Be alert to STOP AHEAD and STOP SIGNS before highway crossings.
•Look out for vehicle traffic and use a spotter to assist at snowmobile crossings.
•Stay on designated routes near dams. Trails do not cross dams. Be alert at stream crossings, not all crossings have bridges constructed.
•Trails may be natural, track packed or groomed depending on grooming schedule.
•Know the locations of marked trails, and proximity of wilderness boundaries.

ATV REQUIREMENTS
 
In order to legally operate an ATV on public land:

  • All riders under the age of 18 are required to have a State ATV Safety Certificate of completion to operate and ATV or be under the direct supervision of an adult who has proof of completing the safety course.
  • Direct supervision of a parent or guardian is required for all rider of ATV's under the age of 14 in addition to the above safety course requirement.
  • All riders are required to wear an approved safety helmet while operating an ATV on public lands. No helmet = no ride.
  • Its illegal to carry passengers on an ATV.




https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5245291