Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park

Area Status: Closed

Located just off County Road A-21, Swain is located approximately 9 miles north of Westwood.  The area can also be accessed just east of Chester at the Chester-Lake Almanor Staging Area on Highway 36.  Swain Mountain has 60 miles of groomed trails, which include three loop trails.  All routes are easy.

Swain Mountain is considered the hub of the forest's snowmobile trail system.  It is usually the first staging area to open with enough snow for snowmobiling when winter commences and the last area to thaw in the spring.  The area provides direct access  to the Bogard and Fredonyer trail systems, offering 200 miles of marked trails (both groomed and ungroomed).  Visitors to Swain Mountain are reminded that there are restricted use areas (Caribou Wilderness and Lassen Volcanic National Park) in close proximity to the groomed trails in this area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: .
Operational Hours: Day use hours are 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Permit Info: State of California Green Sticker required
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Winter
Closest Towns: From Westwood, travel north on A-21 approximately 10 miles.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilets


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