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Black Springs OHV Network

Friday, December 02, 2016

Alt Names

Stanislaus National Forest, Calaveras Ranger District, Middle Fork Mokelumne River, Hermit Spring, Bailey Ridge, Flagpole Point, Motley Meadow, Cottonwood Gulch, Hay Gulch, Middle Gulch, Thompson Meadow, Bear Trap Basin, Corral Meadow, South Fork Mokelumne River

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Stanislaus National Forest offers a large network of over 100 miles of connecting forest roads and trails that form nice long loops. Most of the trails are fast, wide and smooth, with some rocky sections here and there, but you can cover a lot of ground quickly.

The main staging area offers several primitive but pleasant and shady campsites. There is no fee to camp or ride but no services so come prepared.

The trails are usually open for riding between April through December but exact dates vary. During the winter months snowmobiles are permitted.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityCottage Springs, CA
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From: Stockton, CA
1) Take Hwy 4 east toward the town of Cottage Springs, about 80 miles
2) About 2 miles past Cottage Springs turn left on Black Springs Road
3) Continue .4 miles, campground will be on your left. Stage here.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prosnot crowded, decent campsites, no fees, nice scenery, large area
Consno services at main staging area, mostly forest roads, some sections are very rocky
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Spring
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TERRAIN

Square Miles65
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5500 to 8000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Somerocks in sections
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Fewdry in some
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Fewdrainage bumps
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenApril - December 15CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYes
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)Arnold Medical Clinic (209) 795-4193
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Camp Connell General Store (209) 795-1121
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Arnold
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Camp Connel Generall Store (209) 795-1121
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Golden Pines RV Resort & Campgorund (209) 795-2820
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Golden Pines RV Resort & Campgorund (209) 795-2820
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Camp Connell General Store (209) 795-1121
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SW)White Pines Lake
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (N)South Fork Mokelumne River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (NE)Spicer Reservoir

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoStanislaus National Forest - Calaveras Ranger District
5519 Highway 4, P.O. Box 500
Hathaway Pines, CA 95233
(209) 795-1381
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RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Black Springs Trail Photo

Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Most of the trails are actually old logging roads and are wide enough for ATVs and UTVs. With over 100 miles of designated trails to explore, expect to stay for a couple days.

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

The trails are fairly easy (but fun!) on a motorcycle. Some sections even have a few soft berms.

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Honda CRF Motorbike floating the front at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

A view of one of the primitive campsites. You can ride directly from the campground to the trails.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Some sections of the trails have some loose chunk rock. Overall nothing too challenging.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

While there is nothing too difficult on a motorcycle, the trails were overall enjoyable. If you are looking for a place with decent ATV trails with a peaceful atmosphere, then check this place out.

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

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Terrain example at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

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OHV at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

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A trail at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

A trail at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

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Scenic view of Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Scenic view of Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Scenery at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

Black Springs Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Black Springs OHV Network Trail

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