Northeast of Fresno and Merced, the Sierra National Forest has over 180 miles of snowmobile routes. These routes are located near Shaver and Huntington Lakes on SR168. Of the 180 miles, about 155 miles are groomed and maintained throughout the winter season.
These snowmobiling routes are accessed by 4 trailheads: Huntington Lake Trailhead, Kaiser Pass Trailhead, Tamarack Ridge Trailhead and the Wiskey Trail. A SNO-PARK permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site from November 1 through May 30 of each year.
The Tamarack Ridge Trailhead provides access to about 50 miles of designated trails are provided in this area, which follow road and trail systems. Trails provide access to the Tamarack meadow, Boneyard Meadow, Tamarack Creek, Red Mountain, and Bald Mountain. The Grouse Creek Trail provides access to the Huntington Lake and Kaiser Pass Areas. Trails in this area offer the novice and experienced snowmobilers a variety of terrain and scenic points for viewing. Snowmobilers are cautioned to be courteous to skiers using the trails. The Raccoon, Porcupine, and 3 miles of the Raven Trail are for cross-country skiers only.
To reach the Tamarack Ridge Trailhead from Fresno, head east on SR168 for 60 miles. The SNO-PARK is located on the south side of SR168. This trailhead is about 10 miles north of Shaver Lake.
Note: Grooming of routes and trails are provided by The Sierra Snowmobile Association and the USDA Forest Service, and are sponsored through the California State Off-Highway Vehicle Program.
The following trails are located in the Tamarack area:
Chipmunk Trail to Coyote Trailhead - (easiest) 3.0 miles
The trail follows a road to the Coyote Trailhead. This provides an alternative parking area for skiers wishing to ski the Coyote Nordic Trail System. The trail is rated easiest, as the trail grades are moderate.
Raven Loop to Trailhead - (most difficult) 4.4 miles
The trail follows road and trail systems to the Southwest of the trailhead. The trail is rated most difficult due to the length and steeper grades.
Overall, Tamarack Ridge Trailhead is the 28th most popular snowmobile trail of all 31 snowmobiling rides in California.