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Rowher Flat OHV  Area

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Alt Names Angeles National Forest, Rowher Flats, Santa Clara / Mojave Rivers Ranger District
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

This is a secluded and somewhat run down OHV area in the Angeles National Forest. This area offers an 80cc mini track, some play areas with large parking lots, technical hill climbs and basic services.

There are some trails for motorcycles, ATVs and 4x4s that are marked and rated, however most are hard, dry and rocky. The main access road is long but has been smoothed and graveled. Two new trails have also been recently added. Additional access can be found off Bouquet Canyon Road which can also be used to access the northern portion of Rowher Flats and Drinkwater Flats. Bring your own water and shade. An Adventure Pass is required and must be obtained prior to arrival.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Santa Clarita, CA
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From: Newhall, CA
1) Take Lyon Ave to Hwy 14 E (Antleope Valley Freeway)
2) Exit at Sand Canyon
3) Go North (left) on Sand Canyon to Sierra Highway (East)
4) Turn right on Sierra Highway (east)
5) Travel 5 miles (approx) to Rush Canyon Road (sign on left side of road)
6) Follow Rush Canyon Road (rough ruts) to staging area, also staging 2 & 3 further along the road.

For Sierra Pelona Ridge Trailhead:
1) Take Bouquet Canyon Road north about 13 miles
2) Trailhead is on the right (east).

Note: Pelona Ridge Trailhead is about located about 1 mile north past the Big Oaks Lodge.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail, trails are hard packed, some open play areas
Land National Forest
QUALITY
Pros secluded, free, basic services, many trails, some free play areas, trails marked & rated
Cons hard, dry, rocky, run down
Rating Rating    Fair    
Recommended Stay Half Day
TERRAIN
Square Miles 16
Miles Of Trail 60
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 2100 to 3500 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard Pack The trail has almost all hard pack terrain.All
Sand This trail has no sandy areas.None
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has some dust on typical days.Some
Rocks This trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
Trees The trail has few trees.Few
Steep Hills This trail has many steep hills.Many
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has no single track trails.None
Roads This national forest has few roads.Few
Intersections This trail has some intersections.Some
Rider Traffic The national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
Shade This national forest has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
MX TRACK Motocross Track
Features Public
Max Engine Size 80 cc Max
Min Engine Size 50 cc Min
Comment mini track
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Year-Round CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted CA 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)
Prohibited CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction Not Recommended
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Prohibited seasonal burn - almost always prohibited
Night Riding Unknown
Cross Country Prohibited riders must stay on trail
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement None
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
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry Yes ($5.00 per vehicle)
$5.00 per day or $30 year (Adventure Pass)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (SW) Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital (661) 253-8000
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (SW) Mobil Gas Station (661) 252-5777
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (SW) Shell (661) 252-1012
Potable Water Water 5-20 Miles (SE) Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SE) Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (SE) Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
Primitive Camping Campground On Site
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (SW) Mobil Gas Station (661) 252-5777
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (W) Castaic Lake SRA/Paradise Cove Beach (661) 257-4050
Body of Water Water Body 5-20 Miles (W) Castaic Lake SRA
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (W) Castaic Lake SRA/Lagoon Boat Ramp (661) 257-4050
CONTACTS
Contact Info Angeles National Forest - Santa Clara / Mojave Rivers District
33708 Crown Valley Road
Acton, CA 93510
(661) 269-2808
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Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

View from the access road.
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Example of terrain at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

Most of the trails are marked and rated, but not very heavily maintained.
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Scenic view at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

Both staging areas have large open spaces for newbie riders.  The map board in the background was run down, largely unreadable.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

Another shot of the upper staging area.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenic view of Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

Trails are easily accessible from the main staging area.
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OHV at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

There are numerous flat open areas that are pretty slick when turning; hard pack covered with a little loose dirt.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Some terrain at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

A good example of the trails in the hills that surround the staging areas.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenic view at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

A look back toward the entrance from one of the staging areas.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Terrain example at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

This trail was pretty dry, and eventually got pretty rocky.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

A trail at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

The trails here are mostly hard packed with sections like this of loose sharp rocks.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenery at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

You can see the first staging area in the valley below.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

The upper staging area looks like this, and also has plenty of room for RVs if you can get up there.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Some terrain at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

This is actually not typical.  It's one of the few places near the staging area where there are any real trees.
Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Some terrain at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

The trails go on for miles and are often sometimes used for long enduro rides.
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