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Jackson Meadows

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Alt Names

Henness Pass Rd, Middle Yuba River, Meadow Lake Rd, Webber Lake, Bowman Lake, Little Truckee Summit Staging Area, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, French Lake, Henness Pass Road, Tahoe National Forest, Truckee Ranger District, Fordyce Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

Located in the Tahoe National Forest, this area mainly consists of dirt roads but still offers plenty of recreational opportunities to choose from, such as numerous lakes and campsites to please any outdoor enthusiast.

Challenging motorcycle trails are scarce but some of the roads do occasionally go over small creek crossings, and the views are top notch. If you stay on the main road you can eventually reach the famous Fordyce Jeep Trail (experts only) which is rocky and challenging for ATVs, but not recommended for motorcycles.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityTruckee, CA
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From: Reno, NV
1) Take I-80 west toward Truckee (approx. 30 miles)
2) Take exit for 89 north, continue north approx. 15 miles
3) Turn left (west) on Jackson Meadows Road (you will see a sign for Little Truckee Summit OHV Staging Area)
4) Follow Jackson Meadows Road to Jackson Meadows Reservoir Dam, approx. 15 miles
5) Stage on the right hand side before the dam.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prosplenty of campgrounds/campsites to choose from, some are very close to the reservoir, great scenic views, boat ramp is close by, some creek crossings, plenty nearby lakes.
Consno motorcycle single track trails, all are dirt roads
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Summer/Fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles145
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5700 to 7200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has no rider traffic on typical days.None
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenApril 24 - 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 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)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingYes
Tent: $21.00
RV: $21.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $5.00

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SE)Tahoe Forest Hospital (530) 582-3481
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Sierraville Superstore (530) 994-3820
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Sierraville Superstore (530) 994-3820
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Sierraville
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SE)Coachland RV Park (530) 587-3071
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Coachland RV Park (530) 587-3071
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Tahoe National Forest Pass Creek Campground (530) 993-1410
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Sierraville Superstore (530) 994-3820
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site Jackson Meadows Reservoir
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site Jackson Meadows Reservoir
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (S)Jackson Point

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoTahoe National Forest - Truckee Ranger District
9646 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161-2949
(530) 587-3558
www.fs.fed.us

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Reservoir

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Jackson Meadows Trail

During the low tide months you can ride past the boat ramp.

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OHV in the water at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Scenery at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Example of terrain at Jackson Meadows Trail

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OHV at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Jackson Meadows Trail

Looks can be deceiving as some of the creek crossings are fairly deep.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Scenery from Jackson Meadows Trail

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Terrain example at Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Jackson Meadows Trail

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OHV at Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Jackson Meadows Trail

To access most of the trails go across the Jackson Meadows Reservoir Dam.

Jackson Meadows Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Trail Photo

Scenery from Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike crossing some water at Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Trail Photo

Scenery from Jackson Meadows Trail

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