Featured OHV/4WD TRAILS
Northeast of Los Angeles and northwest of San Dimas in the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area offers up to 150 acres of diverse off-road opportunities. Water crossings, rocks, dirt roads and sand hills are some of the seasonally challenging experiences you will find. The assortment of physical terrain is unmatched anywhere in this region of the state.
Northeast of San Bernardino and Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino National Forest, the Forest OHV System consists of 36 miles of OHV trails and 169 miles of forest roads (open to green sticker/red sticker usage). The trails are primarily in the Cajon, Arrowhead and Big Bear areas.
Northeast of LA and south of Barstow near Lucerne Valley, the Johnson Valley OHV Area is open to 4WD vehicles. Johnson Valley is a varied landscape for the off-highway vehicle driver. It is punctuated by steep red rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, dry lake beds and sandy washes.
In southeastern Riverside County near Palm Springs, the Bradshaw Trail is a 70 mile graded 4WD dirt road with sandy sections open to jeeps and OHV. The trail traverses mostly public land and offers spectacular views of the Chuckwalla Bench and the Orocopia, Chuckwalla and Mule Mountains.
North of Newhall in the Angeles National Forest, the 10000 acre Rowher Flat OHV area has 60 miles of rolling trails open to OHV use. Rowher Flat is open to motorcycles, ATVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles. No stopping, unloading or OHV riding is permitted on the Rush Canyon access road.
East of Bakersfield near Ridgecrest, the Spangler Hills OHV Area has 57,000 acres open to OHV use. The Spangler OHV Area provides a wide variety of riding opportunities including cross country play, trail riding, advanced technical routes, 4-wheel drive trails, and Enduro, Technique Trials, European Scramble and Hare Hound competitive events. The area provides an uncrowded riding opportunity in the Western Mojave Desert three hours north of Los Angeles.
Northwest of Barstow, the Rasor OHV Area has plenty of OHV trails. This is an exciting and more remote area for the off-highway vehicle user. Rasor has rolling hills, open valleys, and sand dunes that invite riders willing to travel through this remote area. The 4WD area is located between Interstate 15 and the Mojave National Preserve.
Southwest of Barstow, the Stoddard Valley OHV Area has plenty of OHV trails. Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers a diverse landscape for off-highway vehicle recreation. The area is characterized by steep rocky mountains, rolling hills, open valleys, and winding sandy washes.
Southeast of Cuyama in the Los Padres National Forest, the Ballinger Canyon OHV Area is one of the most popular areas for OHV use in California. The trail system has wide diversity, including winding singletrack. It consists of over 30 trail segments to form an infinite number of loops ranging from easy to difficult.
North of Santa Barbara in the Los Padres National Forest, the Buckhorn OHV Route is an awesome route heading deep into the backcountry. This route is on an old dirt road running north-south. It is a 9.2 mile one-way trek.
North of Mojave, the Dove Springs OHV Area has 5,000 acres open to OHV use. The Dove Springs bowl is also a great starting point to begin to explore the hundreds of miles of trail riding opportunities available in this region. Within the Dove Springs area there are numerous camping and OHV staging/offloading areas.
East of Barstow and north of Baker, the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area is a large open area for OHV routes. It is bordered by steep volcanic hills and the slow running Amargosa River, the region is easily recognized from a distance by its distinctive sand dunes.
Northwest of Santa Maria near Pismo Beach, the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area has 70 miles of OHV routes over 1,500 acres of beaches and dunes along the Pacific Ocean. The Post 2 trailhead area is the best place to start. All OHVs must be transported to this point before off-loading.
East of San Francisco and southwest of Tracy, the Carnegie State Recreation Area has 50 miles of trails over 1,500 acres open to OHV routes. Characterized by dry rocky washes, rolling hills and steep, rugged canyons, the park provides a setting for off-highway vehicle users of all skill levels.
Southeast of Sacramento and northeast of Arnold, the White Pines OHV network on the north side of Highway 4 is the main OHV riding area on the Calaveras Ranger District. With over 100 miles of connecting roads and trails, there is enjoyable riding for all levels and types of OHV users.
Southeast of Sacramento and northeast of Sonora, the Hull and Trout Creek area is a popular area for four-wheel drive users to operate with 20 miles of signed trails and 100 miles of roads open to OHV use. Unlike the Crandall and Deer Creek area, few single-track motorcycle trails currently exist. The riding area ranges in elevation of 4,500 feet near Long Barn to 7,600 feet at Bourland Mountain.
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 2,500 feet at Hunter Creek to 5,800 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.
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 OHV use. 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 3,500 feet at Deer Creek to 5,500 feet at Crandall Peak.
North of Sierra City in the Tahoe National Forest, the Sierra Buttes OHV Trail is a 2.2 mile round trip route. This is a popular route that receives heavy traffic. The route runs from Sierra City to the Sierra Buttes.
Northeast of Redding and west of Shasta Dam, the Chappie Shasta ORV Area has 250 miles of OHV trails through riparian and chaparral terrain with pine at higher elevations. The Copley Mountain OHV Area is a staging area within the Chappie-Shasta ORV Area.
East of Modesto, the La Grange Off-Highway Vehicle Park has 150 acres open to OHV use. The riding area is on an old gold dredge area.
Northeast of Sacramento and Doyle, the Fort Sage OHV Area miles of trails open to OHV use. The Fort Sage Special Recreation Management Area is located in the high desert region of northeastern California, about 45 miles north of Reno, Nevada. There are about 90 miles of designated routes for OHVs.
Northeast of Redding and west of Shasta Dam, the Chappie Shasta ORV Area has 250 miles of OHV trails through riparian and chaparral terrain with pine at higher elevations. The OHV trailhead is located across the dam.
West of Eureka on Humboldt Bay, the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area has 140 acres of open OHV users. It connects with the new 75 acre Eureka Dunes about 1 mile north of Samoa.