East of Tuolomne City, the Hunter Creek OHV Riding Area offers 100 miles of roads open to OHV use. Future site specific analysis may result in trail opportunities being developed. The riding area ranges in elevation of 2500 feet at Hunter Creek to 5800 feet at Duckwall Mountain. The riding area is open all year, but access on some roads may be blocked due to snow in winter months. River Ranch Campground off Cottonwood Road offers full service camping facilities near the riding area. The campground is open March 1- November 30. OHV use is not permitted within the campground or on Cottonwood Road. Adjacent areas offer no-service, dispersed camping opportunities.
To reach the trailhead from Tuolumne City, head north on Pine St or Carter St. to CR E17 / Tuolumne Rd. Take a right (east), the road will bend to the north and then back to the east. Turn left (northeast) on Buchanan Rd. After 2.3 miles, Buchanan Rd. turns into FR 1N04. Continue on FR 1N04 down into the canyon. At the bottom of the canyon there will be a road on your right, turn here. There is no developed trailhead area, parking is allowed along the road, be sure that your vehicle is completely off the road and not blocking traffic.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is only permitted on designated Forest Service roads. To obtain a map of designated roads, contact the Forest Service HQ at (209) 532-3671.
Overall, Hunter Creek OHV Riding Area is the 48th most popular ATV riding trail of all 106 ATV trails in California.