The Yuba Pass Area offers 100 miles of trail opportunities especially for snowmobilers and nordic skiers. The Sno-Park site on the south side of Hwy 49 at Yuba Pass provides parking and access for cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling or just general snow play.  Snow conditions determine accessibility and opportunities available at each Sno-Park site.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Winter
Busiest Season: Winter
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: Check the website:  ohv.parks.ca.gov/snoparks to order a permit online or download a list of vendors selling Sno-Park passes on behalf of California State Parks.  You can also call the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of the CA State Parks at (916) 324-4442 for information. Daily permits may be purchased for $15.00; seasonal permits $40.00.
Operated By: County
Information Center: Sierraville Ranger District,  317 South Lincoln Street, PO Box 95, Sierraville, CA  96122 (530) 994-3401     

Activities

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Elevation: 6,700"  Terrain: Variable  Trailhead is located 6 miles east of Bassetts Station on Highway 49.  Popular snow play area and heavy snowmobile use. 

Topographic Maps: Sattley, Webber Peak, and Haypress Valley

 

The route north from Yuba Pass is popular with both snowmobilers and nordic skiers.  It is a shared route for the first mile, then the nordic trail branches off to the east and snowmobiles are prohibited.  The route goes north for 2 miles with views of the Sierra Valley, then leads west for 1 mile and rejoins the snowmobile trail.  

For a short loop trip, go south (a left) on the snowmobile route back to Yuba Pass.  Alternately, you can continue west through a meadow for 1.5 miles, then head south (a left) onto the Lunch Creek Ski Trail 1.25 miles, then north (a left) on 3  Knobs Trail for 1.5 miles.  3 Knobs Trail ends back at the snowmbile trail.

Another option is to plan on leaving a car at both the Yuba Pass Trailhead and Lunch Creek trailheads to ski or snowshoe an 8 mile one way route between these two trailheads.

Status: Open
Permit required?: Y
Usage: The Sno-Park program provides winter recreation at locations along the Sierra Nevada.  Each Sno-Park provides visitors access to snow-cleared parking lots and sanitation facilities.  These facilities are open seasonally between November 1st and May 30th.  Snow conditions are variable.  Visitors are required to display a parking permit for each vehicle parked at a Sno-Park.   Check the website for a list of permit vendors or purchase permits on-line  at ohv.parks.ca.gov or call (916) 324-4442 for more information.  Day Use permits are $5.00 and seasonal permits cost $25.00.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Snowmobiling

Elevation: 6,700',  Terrain: Variable, Mileage: Offers 100 miles of over the snow travel.  Topographic Maps: Sattley, Webber Peak, and Haypress Valley.

 

Snowmobilers can head north on the trail from the Sno-Park and travel through to the Gold Lake Highway.  Once there, one can travel south to Bassetts at Hwy 49 or north to Gold Lake.  This route offers a variety of terrain and beautiful views of the Sierra Buttes and the Lakes Basin region.

If snowmobilers head south from the Sno-Park, they can travel the Webber Road route to the Jackson Meadow area, Independence Lake and the Little Truckee Summit Snowmobile Staging Area or Prosser Hills Staging Area for a lengthy trip.

Status: Open
Permit required?: Y
Usage: The Sno-park program provides winter recreation at location along the Sierra Nevada.  Each Sno-Park provides visitors access to snow-cleared parking lots and sanitation facilities.  Snow conditions determine accessibility and opportunities available at each site.  Sno-Parks are open seasonally between November 1 and May 30.  Visitors are required to display a parking permit for each vehicle parked at a Sno-Park.  Check the website ohv.parks.ca.gov for a current list of permit vendors or to purchase a permit on line.  You can also call (916) 324-4442 for more information.  Day Use Permits are $5.00 and Season Permits cost $25.00.
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights

Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.615884

  Longitude : 
-120.490021

  Elevation : 
6700

 

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A Boy Fishing