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Gold Note Trails

Friday, September 23, 2016

Alt Names

GoldNote Trails, Pipi Campground, Gold Note OHV Routes, Five Corners, Pipi Valley, Gold Note Trail System, Pi-Pi Valley, Eldorado National Forest, Amador Ranger District, Middle Fork Cosumnes River, Sopiago Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers about 30 miles of ATV and motorcycle trails. The trails are very dusty in the summer but are generally pretty smooth, providing a great opportunity to introduce a novice to some deep woods riding without the sticky technical stuff.

The main staging area is at Five Corners, and primitive campsites are scattered throughout the area (and also at nearby Elkins Flat.) Family/OHV oriented PiPi Campground is just up the road, with 51 sites along the creek for around $22/night. There is no direct OHV trail access from PiPi campground, so unless the bikes are street legal, you will have to trailer out each day to ride.

The whole area is mobbed on weekends, and reservations are strongly recommended for PiPi Campground which can be made by calling (877) 444-6777.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityPioneer, CA
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From: South Lake Tahoe, CA
1) Take Hwy 89 south to Hwy 88 west
2) Continue west on Hwy 88 about 44 miles
3) Turn right (north) on Omo Ranch Road
4) Proceed about .75 miles
5) Turn right on NF-10N83 (North-South Road)
6) Continue aboout 4 miles to the Five Corners Staging Area or 6 miles to the PiPi Campground.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prosfree, mostly easy-moderate trails that are fast & smooth
Conscan't ride from PiPi Campground, very dusty
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Spring
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles15
Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3300 to 4400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has almost all dust on typical days.All
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
some wired gates
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 OpenLate March - December 31CA 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 Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA 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 CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingYes
Tent: $22.00
RV: $22.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $5.00
PiPi Campground Fees
CommentReservations are highly recomended for weekend stays at PiPi Campgorund. Call (877) 444-6777.

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)Pioneer-West Point Community Health Center (209) 295-5544
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Cooks Station
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (N)Crystal View Station (530) 644-3490
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (NE)PiPi Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Pine Acres RV Park (209) 296-4650
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NE)PiPi Campground
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (NE)PiPi Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Cooks Station
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (N)Middle Fork Cosumnes River
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (N)Middle Fork Cosumnes River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (E)Lower Bear Reservoir Boat Ramp

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoEldorado National Forest - Amador Ranger District
26820 Silver Drive
Pioneer, CA 95666
(209) 295-4251
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoSopiago Springs Resort
(209) 295-5535
(209) 609-3216
www.facebook.com
CommentPrivate motorcycle campground that offers direct trail access.
Contact InfoBig Mountain OHV Camp
200 8N58C Forestry Road
Grizzly Flat, CA 95636
(209) 295-1874
CommentMembership campground that offers direct trail access.

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Gold Note Trails

The woods trails were alot of fun, but easy enough to bring a novice.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Gold Note Trails

This is a good example of the dust and it is slow to clear.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Gold Note Trails

Most trails are fairly smooth, fast and easy.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Scenic view at Gold Note Trails

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Gold Note Trails

The PiPi Campground has 51 sites like this one along the creek.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Gold Note Trails

Trails are very dusty in the summer.

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Gold Note Trails

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike jumping at Gold Note Trails

There are a series of small jumps along the edges of the woods trails that were a real blast.

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