Upper Ranch For OHV Driving

The 83rd most popular off-highway vehicle trail in California.

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South of San Jose and southwest of Hollister, the Hollister Hills State Recreation Area in the Gabilan Mountains has two large OHV areas, Lower Ranch and Upper Ranch.

The Upper Ranch - This 800-acre area, which has about 24 miles of trails, is used for 4-wheel drive recreation and for 4-wheel drive and motorcycle special events; a fenced motocross track is also located here. Four-wheel drive operators should call before coming, especially on weekends, to make sure that the area isn't reserved for a special event. To use the area for the day, register first at the park office. If your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down, you are responsible for removing it. The Upper Ranch may be accessed for day use from 8 a.m. to sunset. Vehicle operation is allowed only between sunrise and sunset.

Camping - The Upper Ranch has one family campground, Sycamore, which accommodates about 60 people, and has water and flush toilets. Fires are allowed in fire rings only. Bring your own wood or purchase it at the park store. The Lower Ranch has 4 family campgrounds with water and flush toilets. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.

To reach the trailhead from Hollister, head south on SR25 to Cienega Road. Head south on Cienega Road for 6.5 miles to the ranger office.

Overall, Upper Ranch is the 83rd most popular OHV & 4wd jeep trail of all 102 OHV routes in California. Several of the better ohv/4wd trails are nearby Upper Ranch including Stonyford OHV Area, Deer Creek OHV Staging Area, Knoxville Recreation OHV Area, Genoa Peak Road, Prairie City SVRA and Niagara OHV AreaHull Creek / Trout Creek OHV.


Local Contact(s):  Hollister Hills State Recreation Area (831) 637-3874; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

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

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Onsite Camping

Reference Source:  click here http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=1179

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  7/24/2016

ID:  18818


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