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
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.)
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
free, lots of trails, decent camping, shady
dusty, parts of trail are whooped out, patches of loose rock
3-5 Days Spring
Miles Of Trail
3200 to 5800 ft.
Marked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
(hazards not marked) steep hills, sharp cutbacks and big boulders