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Rowher Flat OHV  Area

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alt Names

Angeles National Forest, Rowher Flats, Santa Clara / Mojave Rivers Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

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. Recent upgrades to the main staging area include picnic tables, shade ramadas and fire pits.

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 which must be obtained prior to arrival.

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LOCATION

Nearest CitySanta 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

AreaTrail, trails are hard packed, some open play areas
LandNational Forest

QUALITY

Prossecluded, free, basic services, many trails, some free play areas, trails marked & rated
Conshard, dry, rocky, run down
RatingRatingFair    
Recommended StayHalf Day

TERRAIN

Square Miles16
Miles Of Trail60
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2100 to 3500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has almost all hard pack terrain.All
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
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 some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has no shaded areas.None
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 some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
FeaturesPublic
Max Engine Size80 cc Max
Min Engine Size50 cc Min
Comment mini track

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
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 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)Some Areas
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA 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
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibitedseasonal burn - almost always prohibited
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementNone
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryYes ($5.00 per vehicle)
$5.00 per day or $30 year (Adventure Pass)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital (661) 253-8000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Mobil Gas Station (661) 252-5777
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Shell (661) 252-1012
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Mobil Gas Station (661) 252-5777
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (W)Castaic Lake SRA/Paradise Cove Beach (661) 257-4050
Body of Water Water Body5-20 Miles (W)Castaic Lake SRA
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (W)Castaic Lake SRA/Lagoon Boat Ramp (661) 257-4050

CONTACTS

Contact InfoAngeles National Forest - Santa Clara / Mojave Rivers District
33708 Crown Valley Road
Acton, CA 93510
(661) 269-2808
goo.gl

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Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

View from the access road.

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Some terrain at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

Most of the trails are marked and rated, but not very heavily maintained.

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenery from 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

Scenery from 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.

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

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

A trail 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

Scenery at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

A look back toward the entrance from one of the staging areas.

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Some terrain at Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

This trail was pretty dry, and eventually got pretty rocky.

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail Photo

Example of terrain 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

Scenic view of 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

Terrain example 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

Example of 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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