Southwest of South Lake Tahoe in the Tahoe National Forest, the Pardoe Trail is a 15 mile OHV route one-way.

To reach the trailhead from South Lake Tahoe, go south on US 50 for 7 miles. Turn left onto SR 89 and go 11 miles. Take a right (Southwest) on SR 88 and go 33.5 miles. Turn right on Bear River Rd. (Resevoir Rd.) and go 4.25 miles. Turn left on South Bear River Road and go 2.5 miles to the trailhead. Look for the dirt road to the left labeled 8NO3F. This is the road to take.

The Pardoe Trail goes up past Silver Lake along Squaw Ridge. The trail dead ends after 15 miles and about 9250, above the tree line. The upper trail is part of the historic Emigrant Trail. Most of the trail can be driven in two wheel but it does have some difficult areas such as the Rock Garden. There are no major water crossings. All the way up to July there can be sections of snow to break though. The upper section of the trail above the Plasse Trading Post site is more difficult with a couple tight rock sections. Take the trail out from Plasse Trading Post site by Mud lake, faster then back tracking all the way to Bear River Reservoir. The Mud Lake loop is a nice scenic trail but not difficult.

Pardoe Trail OHV Driving Map



Local Contact(s):  BLM (916) 257-0456 or (916) 257-5381; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

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

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

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Date Updated:  6/22/2016

Pardoe Trail OHV Driving Map


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