Southeast of Sacramento and northeast of Sonora, the popular Mi-Wok OHV area consists of 40 miles of signed trails and 140 miles of roads open to ATV riding. The Mi-Wok area extends from north of Crandall Peak to the Deer Creek area, northwest of Highway 108. The riding area ranges in elevation of 3500 feet at Deer Creek to 5500 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.
To reach the trailhead from south of Stockton on US5, head east on SR120 to Sonora. In Sonora, head northeast on SR108 for about 14 miles. Turn left on South Fork Road through Twain Harte. About 4 miles past Twain Harte, turn left on Italian Bar Road and continue for about 4 miles to the Deer Creek OHV Staging Area.
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, Deer Creek OHV Staging Area is the 55th most popular ATV riding trail of all 106 ATV trails in California.