TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 15-21

Nevada City, Calif. — The Tahoe National Forest is increasing access to the public by providing additional developed recreational opportunities. We encourage visitors to check our website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information on what is open so that you can plan your visit. You can also call your local ranger station during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We continue to recommend that you recreate locally. All visitors should practice self-sufficiency during your visits to national forests. Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continues. Responsible recreation practices should be maintained at all times, including:

• Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others

• Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials

• Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass

• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use.

• All services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.

For all Tahoe National Forest Updates, see below:

 

Developed Recreation Sites and Campgrounds

The following developed recreation sites and areas are available for use beginning May 15, 2020. Full services such as trash removal and restroom facilities may be limited:

Truckee Area /  Highway 89 South corridor (Placer County): All boat ramps and picnic sites (day use only)

Foresthill Area / French Meadows (Placer County): Parker Flat OHV staging area (day use), Sugar Pine OHV (day use)

Highway 89 North / Little Truckee River Area (Sierra County): Bear Valley (day use)

Bullards Bar Reservoir Area (Yuba County): Dark Day Boat ramp/picnic area (day use)

Highway 49 Corridor / Camptonville Area (Nevada County): Oregon Creek (day use), Golden Quartz (day use)

Tahoe National Forest developed campgrounds are not open at this time. Closing any site for any reason is not an action we take lightly, but protecting our visitors and employees remains our highest priority. We are working with our state and local partners to determine the best path forward to safely reopen closed sites including campgrounds

 

Motorized Routes and Trails

All motorized roads and trails across the Tahoe National Forest opened May 1, 2020.  Trash removal services remain limited – please pack out all trash and waste. Toilet facilities remain limited, please plan accordingly. Remember to tread lightly on north-facing trails and in higher elevations. Thank you for helping to keep the Tahoe National Forest safe and clean, and for preventing further restrictions by recreating responsibly. Happy riding!

Please be aware that conditions are subject to change due to weather. Snow at higher elevations may be possible and not always reflected in updates.

The following conditions apply at these popular riding areas:

  • The Downieville multiple-use trail system will still have moderate to heavy snow in higher elevations (much like every year) and connection routes to higher elevations will be impassable.
    • Burlington Motorcycle Trail system – Westside Open
    • Actively being cleared of down winter trees
  • The Sugar Pine OHV system has favorable soil moisture conditions and is actively being cleared of down winter trees. Additionally:
    • The Brimstone staging area is closed. Parker and Sugar Pine staging areas are open for day-use only. Overnight camping is not permitted at these staging areas at this time.
    • Be aware of down winter trees. Tahoe National Forest trail crews should have most Sugar Pine OHV system trails cleared by the upcoming weekend, but the potential for down winter trees may exist on some remote and outlier routes.
  • Boca/ Stampede OHV system - Open
    • Prosser Hill Moto (Animal/Animal Crackers) – open, mostly clear of snow, reported snow patches and downed trees on upper section
    • Bald Mountain Moto (Happy Face) – clear of snow, trees from Big Jack East Vegetation Management across northernmost section of trail, veg management work continues in area, advise alternate route
    • Lloyd’s Moto – open, clear of snow
  • The Bear Valley OHV system – Open
    • Actively being cleared of down winter trees
  • Fordyce Jeep Trail – Passable from Eagle up to Committee Crossing and back, not possible to get out from Committee to Fordyce Lake Rd.

For a more robust list of Tahoe National Forest motorized road and trail conditions, see below:

Westside of the Tahoe National Forest

  • Diamond Creek – Patchy snow and muddy conditions
  • Gold Valley  -  Closed at Gold Lake HWY – Windfall, inaccessible due to snow on road
  • Excelsior – Snow remains in shady areas, muddy in spots
  • Pendola - Open
  • Chalk Bluff – Muddy conditions
  • Omega – Muddy conditions
  • Alpha  – Some muddy conditions
  • Burlington – Some muddy conditions
  • Bowman  – Clear to Bowman Lake
  • Cal-Ida – Open to mile post 4
  • Fiddle Creek – Open to mile post 8.5
  • Texas Hill – Onion Valley accessible, windfall on road. Snow and muddy conditions exist
  • Eureka  – Snow conditions may exist past mile post 15
  • Long Point Access – Muddy conditions
  • Jouberts  – Poor road condition, snow and tree limbs in road
  • Madrone Spring – Good condition
  • Washington Ridge – Good condition
  • Packer Lake Road – Clear to Diablo, then blocked by snow

 

Eastside of the Tahoe National Forest

  • Fiberboard (07 Road) - Passable to Milton junction, then snow on road. Proceed with caution. 
  • Yuba Weber  - Snow covered and not accessible
  • Carmen Valley - Road is snow free and in good condition and passable
  • Nichols Mill –  Road is snow free and in good condition for about 2.5 miles. Then blocked by snow
  • Verdi Peak – Blocked by snow
  • Haskel Peak – Blocked by snow
  • Babbit – Passable to Jones Valley
  • Sawtooth (06 Road) – Passable to Second Gate
  • Bear Valley Road – Snow free, good condition and passable
  • Sardine Road- Snow Free, clear to Sardine Lake

Local County Roads within the Tahoe National Forest

  • Boca/Stampede - Clear
  • Mosquito Ridge – Clear to Hell Hole
  • Foresthill Road – Clear to Sailor Flat, patches of snow on road possible after Sailor Flat
  • Indian Springs Road – Clear to OHV Trail Head
  • Gold Lake Highway – Open

Trailheads, boat launches, and staging areas.

Generally, trailheads, boat launches, and staging areas are open but may be inaccessible due to late season snow and other factors. Again, Trash removal services remain limited – please pack out all trash and waste. Toilet facilities remain limited, please plan accordingly.

  • Big Trees Nature Trail – Accessible, windfall on access road and trail
  • Castle Valley – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Sierra Buttes Trailhead – Inaccessible, snow on road at Diablo
  • Lindsey Lake Trailhead – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Prosser Boat Ramp –Accessible
  • Boca Boat Ramp –Accessible
  • Stampede Boat Ramp –Accessible
  • French Meadows – Plowed to the dam
  • Pass Creek & Woodcamp Boat Ramp – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Sugar Pine Boat Ramp - Open, but very limited parking
  • Gold Country Equestrian Trailhead – Accessible and in good condition

 

Non-motorized Trails

Please be aware that conditions are subject to change due to weather. Snow at higher elevations may be possible and not always reflected in updates.

Generally non-motorized trails are open, but may be inaccessible due to late season snow and other factors.

Trail Condition Highlights:
Commemorative Overland Emigrant – open, clear of snow, heavy use
Sawtooth – open, clear of snow
Big Chief – northern 2.5 miles clear, then snow covered to southern trailhead/Fiberboard road 73; second gate on 06 road still closed as of 5/10 due to impassable road section (snow)
5 Lakes – snow patches for first 1.5 miles, then continuous snow to 5 Lakes Basin, heavy use
A1 (Jackass Ridge) – open, clear of snow, heavy use
Western States – section east of Hwy 89 clear for first 1.5/2 miles, then snow patches

Below 5000’: Trails have not been cleared. Expect down trees and muddy conditions on trails below in this elevation. This applies to:

  • Pioneer Trail
  • Bullards Bar Trail Complex
  • Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail
  • North and South Yuba Trail
  • Dascombe Trail Complex
  • Western States Trail

5,000’ -6,000’: Trails have not been cleared. Expect down trees and muddy conditions on trails below in this elevation. This applies to:

  • The Lone Grave area trail system has been cleared.
  • Blue Lake Trail
  • Spaulding Lake Trail
  • Forest City Trail Complex

6,000’ to 7,000’: Trails have not been cleared. Expect down trees, muddy conditions, and patches of moderate to heavy snow on trails in this elevation. This applies to:

  • Hole in the Ground Trail
  • Loch Leven Trail
  • Castle Valley Loop Trail
  • Commemorative Overland Emigrant Trail
  • Loyalton/Boca Railroad Trail
  • Deer Creek Trail

Above 7,000’: Trails have not been cleared. Expect down trees and heavy snow in this elevation. This applies to:

  • Mt. Lola Trail
  • Mount Judah Loop
  • Granite Chief Trail
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • French Lake Trail

 

Tahoe National Forest and Virtual Services

The Tahoe National Forest has closed all offices to in-person visits and is implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.  

 

Many services traditionally offered in our public offices are available online. To access these virtual services, please visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/.  We will continue to update our website with current virtual service information as conditions change. To email the Tahoe National Forest, please use the ‘Contact Us’ function on our website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/contactus/tahoe/about-forest/contactus.

 

Firewood Cutting Permits

The Tahoe National Forest Firewood Cutting permit process has changed. Please refer to our ‘permits’ page for more information:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/passes-permits/?cid=stelprdb5212195

 





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