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Foresthill OHV

Friday, June 12, 2015

Alt Names

Forest Hill, Sugar Pine, Parker Flat, Big Reservoir, Morning Light Campground, Tahoe National Forest, China Wall OHV Area

Last Known StatusOpen

This OHV area offers plenty of shade, multiple staging areas, narrow winding trails, and a nearby lake. The 75 miles of marked and rated trails are a bit rocky at the start, but get smoother as you go.

The trails have multiple creek crossings and the reddish color of the dirt goes great with the deep forest pines. Be sure to heed the trails stop signs when crossing paved roads because the corners are blind and the weekend traffic can be fairly steady.

There are some free primitive campsites along the stream, and some pay campsites at the campground near the lake, which fills up quickly on holidays. Make reservations if you want to be on the lake. During very dry periods a deep layer of silt tends to build up on the trails making them extremely dusty. China Wall OHV Area is also just up the road.

(A Forest Service approved spark arrestor is required here.)

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LOCATION

Nearest CityForesthill, CA
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From: Sacramento, CA
1) I-80 E to Auburn
2) Take Foresthill Road exit, turn right off ramp
3) Follow Foresthill Road all the way to Foresthill
4) A few miles past downtown area, turn left on Sugar Pine Road
5) Staging area Sugar Pine is about 4-5 miles on the left
6) Second staging area Parker Flat is immediately after on the right.

*Note - To reach China Wall OHV Area continue on Foresthill Road past Sugar Pine Road.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

QUALITY

Prosplenty of shade, no fees, decent trails, narrow windy, nice facilities, nice lakes
Consrocky near staging area, crowded on holidays, lots of road crossings
RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
spring, late fall

TERRAIN

Square Miles150
Miles Of Trail75
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3500 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily 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 little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Sometrails are rockiest near the staging area, but gets smoother
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has few sand or gravel pits.FewLoop 4
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Fewmost trails are 4ft wide
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.SomeBusy on holidays
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has many hazards.Many(hazards not marked)
many road crossings
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
Commentmost trails marked, rated & looped

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenSpring - Late FallCA 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 WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
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 RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Armed OfficersJeep/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

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
CommentMorning Star Lake Campground charges a fee, other campgrounds do not.

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (SW)Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (530) 888-4500
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Foresthill Valero (530) 367-2607
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Foresthill Valero (530) 367-2607
Potable Water WaterOn SiteMorning Star Lake Campground (530) 367-2129
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (S)Camp Chiquita Campground (866) 869-3999 or (503) 333-4673 **no large rigs**
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteMorning Star Lake Campground (530) 367-2129
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv StoreOn SiteMorning Star Lake Campground General Store (530) 367-2129
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteSugar Pine Reservoir
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteSugar Pine Reservoir
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (W)Sugar Pine Boat Ramp

CONTACTS

Contact InfoTahoe National Forest - Foresthill Ranger Station
22830 Foresthill Road
Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224
www.fs.usda.gov
Commentselect option 2 and 1 for trail conditions
Contact InfoFriends of Foresthill OHV Trails (FOFOT)
friendsofforesthillohvtrails@gmail.com
fofot.webs.com
Contact InfoMorning Star Lake Campground
(530) 367-2129
rnardoni@hotmail.com
Commentreservations accepted by phone only

COMMENTS

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There is a thin layer of velvet-like silt on the trail that looks cool but makes it very dusty.

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Terrain example at Foresthill OHV Trail

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Scenic view of Foresthill OHV Trail

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Terrain example at Foresthill OHV Trail

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Example of terrain at Foresthill OHV Trail

Trails are a bit rocky in the beginning.

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OHV crossing some water at Foresthill OHV Trail

One of the many creek crossings.

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Yamaha YZ Motorbike at Foresthill OHV Trail

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