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Niagara OHV Area
Located on Niagara Creek, the Niagara Creek OHV area offers a dedicated OHV campground
and 5 miles of trails at an elevation ranging from 6,000 to 8,000 feet. It is usually open by mid-June,
depending on the snow melt. To reach it drive 13.5 miles east of Strawberry on Highway 108. Turn at
the Eagle Meadow Road and follow it 2.5 miles to the campground. The 6.4 mile Niagara Rim Trail is popular
with 4-wheelers. Modified 4x4 vehicles are best for this trail.
4x4 In Motion, based in Stanislaus County, helps to maintain the trail.
Hull Creek and Trout Creek
The Hull Creek and Trout Creek OHV area has
20 miles of marked and maintained trails.
To reach it turn off Highway 108 at Long Barn Road and connect to the North Fork Road. Drive 2 miles.
At elevations from 4,500' to 7,600' it is usually open by mid-June.
The Hull and Trout Creek area southeast of Long Barn is a popular area for all terrain vehicles and
four-wheel drive users to operate with 20 miles of signed trails and 100 miles of
roads open to OHV use. Few single-track
dirt bike trails currently exist. The riding area ranges in elevation of 4500 feet
near Long Barn to 7600 feet at Bourland Mountain. The riding area is closed during
the winter due to snow blocking access. Hull Creek campground is nearby with 19 units,
restrooms, and drinking water. Adjacent areas offer no-service, but have dispersed camping opportunities.
Crandall Peak and Deer Creek
Crandall Peak is a popular motorcycle riding area with 40 miles of signed trails
and 140 miles of road open to OHV use, extending from north of Crandall
Peak to the Deer Creek area northwest of Highway 108. You'll see all sorts of Suzukis,
Kawasakis, Yamahas and Hondas buzzing around there. To reach it turn off Highway 108 onto the
Spring Gap Road and follow it 7 miles.
The riding area
ranges in elevation of 3,500 feet at Deer Creek to 5,500 feet at Crandall Peak.
Four-wheel drive and ATV trails are limited, but use is allowed on the 140 miles of road.
A camping area located at Crandall Peak near Spring Gap off Forest Roads 4N01 and 4N88,
accesses these routes and offers dispersed camping and vehicle parking/off
loading with restrooms, but no other services or potable water is available.
Trails in the Crandall Peak area are usually closed in the winter due to snow
blocking access. Four-wheel drive and ATV trails are limited in the riding area,
but use is allowed on the 140 miles of road.
You might not guess from the title and front cover of California Trails Northern Sierra Region
that it's an 4-Wheeling book. It covers Candall Peak, Clavey, and other local backroads.
Ebbetts Pass and Carson Pass OHV
Dozens of exhilarating OHV opportunities can be found to the north along Ebbetts Pass, Highway 4. Areas such as
O'Neil Creek and Rattlesnake Creek have miles of back country roads open to OHV. Routes such as Slick Rock and
Deer Valley are well known to off road enthusiasts. To learn more,
visit our sister website
Ebbetts Pass Adventures.
Miles of 4-wheeling routes can be found to the north on Carson Pass (Highway 88).
Off-road routes connect with some of the best OHV areas near South Lake Tahoe.
For maps and information about OHVing on Carson Pass, see Up and Over Carson Pass.