Upper Lake OHV Area - South For ATV Riding

The 79th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in California.

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East of Ukiah and north of Upper Lake in the Mendocino National Forest, the Upper Lake OHV Area has miles of trails open to ATV riding. The southern half of the riding area most of the trails with 135 miles open. The riding area varies in elevation from 1,600 feet at Middle Creek campground/staging area, to over 4,500 feet at Hull Mountain to the north. The trails range in degree of difficulty from novice to advanced. Due to the nature of the topography on the Upper Lake District Middle Creek Campground is recommended for families with children or beginning riders so they may enjoy the "play area", while adults or intermediate/advanced riders access the trails up out of the East Fork of Middle Creek.

To reach the trailhead from Upper Lake at SR20, head north on Elk Mountain Road for roughly 8 miles to the Middle Creek OHV Staging Area.

Trail # Miles Level Trail Name

01 4.1 Sled Ridge

02 1.2 Salamander

03 0.5 Middle Creek

04 0.7 Sled "A"

05 2.0 East Fork

06 2.3 Big Ridge

07 7.2 Deer Valley

08 2.1 Short Cut

09 1.1 Lil Sled

10 1.4 Summit

11 0.6 Prather

12 0.6 Prather South

13 2.4 Progeny

14 0.3 Penny Pines

15 3.7 Elk Mountain

16 1.1 Campers Pass

17 2.2 Mason

18 1.4 Log Camp

19 0.3 Plantation Hill

20 1.5 Prather West

21 0.5 Jumpers Hill

22 0.4 Millhouse

23 1.2 Horse Hill

24 0.8 Snake Hill

25 2.9 Streeter Ridge

26 1.8 Bucknell Creek

27 1.0 Mole Trail

28 0.5 Bevans Creek

29 3.4 Bevans Creek

30 0.9 Tadpole

31 0.6 Mud Hole

32 0.6 McClendons Loop

33 0.7 Little Willow

34 0.9 Tadpole

35 3.4 Bypass

36 1.1 Bacon Camp

37 5.3 Poges Peak

38 14.4 Willow Creek

39 0.6 Bevans Jump

40 0.8 Butter Trail

42 1.0 Ole Road

43 0.5 Bypass Connector

Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads outside of the OHV Area is only permitted for ATVs with valid license plates.

Overall, Upper Lake OHV Area - South is the 79th most popular ATV riding trail of all 106 ATV trails in California. Several of the better atv trails are nearby Upper Lake OHV Area - South including Winom Frazier OHV Complex, Blue Mountain OHV Trail, Cow Mountain - South, Upper Lake OHV Area - North, Breshears OHV Trails and West End OHV Area.


Local Contact(s):  Mendocino National Forest (707) 275-2167; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "Guide To Northern California 4WD Trails" from Charles Wells

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  NFS Upper Lake Middle Creek Campground

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino/

Article Source:   Best Upper Lake OHV Area - South ATV Trails Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=ATV&id=17158

GPS:  39.25217, -122.95266

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  11/14/2016

ID:  17158

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