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Elkins Flat OHV Routes

Friday, June 12, 2015

Alt Names

Elkin's Flat, Grizzly Flat Area, Pipi Campground, Pipi Valley, Pi-Pi Valley, Eldorado National Forest, Placerville Ranger District, Simpson Gulch, Big Mountain Ridge, Middle Fork Cosumnes River, Pipi Creek, Plummer Ridge, Dogtown Creek, Steely Creek, Mckinney Creek, Leoni Meadow

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers a network of mostly motorcycle-only woods trails of a wide range of difficulty.

The trails have lots of tree roots and whoops, switchback climbs, water crossings, and rock beds. It can be pretty dusty in the summer, but when the conditions are right, these trails are epic!

The main staging area is simple, but shady and pleasant, with a few campsites, restrooms, and a map kiosk. Last time we checked there was still no fee for camping or riding. If you are looking for a weekend trip with a more aggressive group, this is a very good choice. (You can find some easier scenic trails just down the road at Gold Note.)

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LOCATION

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 .75 miles
5) Turn right on NF-10N83 (North-South Road)
6) Follow NF-10N83 about 8.5 miles (veer left at fork at Pipi Campground)
7) Turn left on NF-9N55
8) Elkins Flat staging area will be on your immediate right.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

QUALITY

Prosfree, lots of trails, decent camping, shady
Consdusty, parts of trail are whooped out, patches of loose rock
RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
Spring

TERRAIN

Square Miles30
Miles Of Trail65
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3200 to 5800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
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 few small jumps.Few
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 many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
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 no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
steep hills, sharp cutbacks and big boulders
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly

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 AreasNot Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome AreasNot Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some AreasNot Recommended
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 CountryProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areascontact Placerville Ranger District for regulations
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
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)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SW)Pioneer-West point Community Health Center (209) 295-5544
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Cooks Station
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Crystal View Station (530) 644-3490
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)PiPi Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Pine Acres Resort RV Park (209) 296-4650
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)PiPi Campground
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)PiPi Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Cooks Station
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (S)Middle Fork Cosumnes River
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (S)Middle Dry Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (SE)Lower Bear River Reservoir

CONTACTS

Contact InfoEldorado National Forest - Placerville Ranger District
4260 Eight Mile Road
Camino, CA 95709
(530) 644-2324
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoSopiago Springs Resort
(209) 609-3216
(209) 295-5535
Commentprivate motorcycle campground that offers direct access to Gold Note Trail System
website was http://sopiago.com/joomla/
Contact InfoBig Mountain OHV Camp
200 8N58C Forestry Road
Grizzly Flat, CA 95636
(209) 295-1874
CommentMembership campground that offers direct trail access to Gold Note Trail System.

COMMENTS

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

The main staging area has restrooms, a kiosk with a map, and multiple campsites with fire rings.

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The main staging area has restrooms, a kiosk with a map, and multiple campsites with fire rings.

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A cool stream crossing on loop 25.

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