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South Cow Mountain

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Alt Names

Ukiah, Talmage, Mill Creek Road, Clear Lake, Mend Lake Road, Lake Mendocino, Buckhorn Campground, Oakwood Springs, Red Mountain Camp, Westside Staging Area

Last Known StatusOpen

This trail system is recommended mainly for experienced riders. The trails range from deep rutted single track with tight switchbacks and mud holes, to extremely sharp rocky sections near the peaks that will tear up your tires a bit.

The access road is narrow and winding, and is not recommended for RVs or long trailers. All trails are looped, and there is a nice swimming hole downstream from where trail 6 meets 24. Maps are available at each of the staging areas, which have loading docks and restrooms.

This area is most crowded in the fall, and the ruts and mud holes get very deep in some places. The surrounding area has 25,000 acres for hiking and mountain biking.

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LOCATION

Nearest CityUkiah, CA
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From: San Francisco, CA
1) 101 N to Ukiah
2) Just before Ukiah, take Talmage Exit (Route 222) turn right (east) off ramp
3) Travel 1.5 miles
4) Turn right on Eastside Drive
5) Take first left on Mill Creek Road
6) Follow Mill Creek Road all the way up the canyon to the staging area (follow the signs to South Cow Mountain Recreation Area).

Note: Access road is steep, rugged and narrow with tight switchbacks. RVs and trailers not recommended.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandBLM

QUALITY

Proslot of single track, nice staging areas, swimming hole where trail 6 meets 24, maps at staging area, loading docks, looped trails
Consdeep ruts, some very rocky sections, rugged access road, only 10 camp sites, tough to get an RV in. two way trails - very tight
RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
late sppring when creeks flow

TERRAIN

Square Miles4
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation800 to 4000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Someupper elevation trails are very rocky
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has many single track trails.Manybeware steep climbs with sharp cut-backs
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Somebusy in late spring & fall, slow in summer
ShadeThis BLM land has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has some shooting ranges or gunfire.Some
HazardsThis trail has some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
very deep ruts (waist high), huge mud holes
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some
Commenttarget practice at N.Cow Mountain, S.Cow Mountain open to hunters all year
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
FeaturesPublic
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum
Comment Practice Track

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA 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
some trails too narrow, quads prohibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areas
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
North Cow Mountain is for non-OHV
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Red Mountain Camp
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNoquiet hours at dusk
Cross CountryProhibitedriders must stay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NW)hospital
Ukiah Valley Medical Center (707) 462-3111
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Chevron/Ukiah (707) 462-9065
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Chevron/Ukiah (707) 462-9065
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (NW)potable water
Redwood Empire Fairgrounds Overnight RV Park (707) 462-3884
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (NW)Redwood Empire Fairgrounds Overnight RV Park (707) 462-3884
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (NW)Redwood Empire Fairgrounds Overnight RV Park (707) 462-3884
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteRed Mountain Campground
Convenience Store Conv StoreUkiah, CATalmage
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (E)Scotts Creek/Willow Creek
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (E)Scotts Creek/Willow Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (N)Lake Mendocino

CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Ukiah Field Office
2550 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 468-4000
www.blm.gov
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COMMENTS

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South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

South Cow Mountain Trail

Keep an eye out for deep ruts.  This trail had ruts so deep that they actually caught the footpegs and stopped this CRF150.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Scenic view of South Cow Mountain Trail

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at South Cow Mountain Trail

Here is another look at some of the ruts we encountered in the woods.  They were a nuisance for the mini bike.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at South Cow Mountain Trail

And here's some dry single track (almost) to round out the mix of terrain.  This place really does have a little of everything.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at South Cow Mountain Trail

The brush tunnels and the tight woods trails were the most fun.

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Example of terrain at South Cow Mountain Trail

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at South Cow Mountain Trail

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at South Cow Mountain Trail

So just like that the trails can switch back to narrow woods.  Smooth and twisty.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

South Cow Mountain Trail

There were plenty of deeper mud puddles that were fun to go through as well.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at South Cow Mountain Trail

This part of the trail was pretty fun with just the occasional mud puddle.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at South Cow Mountain Trail

Up near the top of the mountain the trails get pretty rocky.  These small rocks are loose and sharp but most of the trails are not like this.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike in the water at South Cow Mountain Trail

Another look at one of the upper trails surrounded by shrubs.  The dirt was great, really soft, and you would think the trail would dry out quicker than it does.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Scenic view at South Cow Mountain Trail

This is a typical view from a hilltop where you can see the pond and some of the other trails along one of the two main routes.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at South Cow Mountain Trail

Here is another example of how some of the trails get pretty rocky toward the top of the ridge.  This trails was just piles of loose sharp rocks so keep your tire pressure up.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

Scenic view at South Cow Mountain Trail

One of the many scenic views to be had from the ridge tops.  Looking back toward the valley.

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

South Cow Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 4/24/2015 (Thanks!)

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

South Cow Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 4/24/2015 (Thanks!)

South Cow Mountain Trail Photo

South Cow Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 4/24/2015 (Thanks!)

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