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Elkins Flat OHV Routes

Thursday, December 11, 2014
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 Status Closed For Season
DESCRIPTION

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 City Pioneer, 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
Area Trail
Land National Forest
QUALITY
Pros free, lots of trails, decent camping, shady
Cons dusty, parts of trail are whooped out, patches of loose rock
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay 3-5 Days
Spring
TERRAIN
Square Miles 30
Miles Of Trail 65
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 3200 to 5800 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard Pack The trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
Sand This trail has no sandy areas.None
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has almost all dust on typical days.All
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has some steep hills.Some
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 some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has many single track trails.Many
Roads This national forest has few roads.Few
Intersections This trail has some intersections.Some
Rider Traffic The national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
Shade This national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
steep hills, sharp cutbacks and big boulders
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Late March - December 31 CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
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 Some Areas Not Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Some Areas Not Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Some Areas Not Recommended
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas (permitted in developed campsites only)
Night Riding Yes Not Recommended
Cross Country Prohibited stay on trail
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas contact Placerville Ranger District for regulations
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic
Insurance *Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 20-30 Miles (SW) Pioneer-West point Community Health Center (209) 295-5544
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (SE) Cooks Station
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (N) Crystal View Station (530) 644-3490
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (S) PiPi Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SW) Pine Acres Resort RV Park (209) 296-4650
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (S) PiPi Campground
Primitive Camping Campground 1-5 Miles (S) PiPi Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (SE) Cooks Station
Swimming Swim Area 1-5 Miles (S) Middle Fork Cosumnes River
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (S) Middle Dry Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (SE) Lower Bear River Reservoir
CONTACTS
Contact Info Eldorado National Forest - Placerville Ranger District
4260 Eight Mile Road
Camino, CA 95709
(530) 644-2324
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact Info Sopiago Springs Resort
(209) 609-3216
(209) 295-5535
Comment private motorcycle campground that offers direct access to Gold Note Trail System
website was http://sopiago.com/joomla/
Contact Info Big Mountain OHV Camp
200 8N58C Forestry Road
Grizzly Flat, CA 95636
(209) 295-1874
Comment Membership campground that offers direct trail access to Gold Note Trail System.
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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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Amenities at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

The main staging area has restrooms, a kiosk with a map, and multiple campsites with fire rings.
Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail Photo

Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail Photo

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Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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Terrain example at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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A cool stream crossing on loop 25.
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Example of terrain at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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