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Stonyford

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Other Names

Davis Flat, Wolf Creek, Fouts Springs, Fout Springs, Fouts Campground, Little Stony, Cedar Canyon, Mendocino National Forest, Mine Camp, Grindstone Ranger District, Letts Lake, Mill Creek Campground, Potato Hill

Last Known StatusOpen

You might call this the northern offroad showcase of the Mendocino National Forest. With swimming holes, water crossings, and paved access to multiple campgrounds and staging areas, this area is huge and will not disappoint. (A Chatter Box or something like a Rino GPS is recommended.)

The area offers some single track, and many mountain trails of moderate to advanced difficulty. All trails are marked and rated. Most of the steeper trails are plenty wide if you need to bail out. Shade is minimal on the trail, but better in the campground.

Nearby East Park Reservoir is closed to OHV riding, but offers lakeshore camping, boating and water skiing. Elevation ranges from about 1700 to almost 6000 feet.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
(Red Sticker Permitted Year-Round)
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 or posts
wider vehicles are permitted on forest service roads
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA 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 UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on forest service roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on forest service roads
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementSomeDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol
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TERRAIN

Approx Size90,240 acres (141 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1700 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Littletrails close when there is more than 2 inches of rain
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of cliffs.
some cliffs go adjacent to steep cliffs
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
CommentMost of the trails are geared for advanced riders - most trails are marked as blue but really are black diamonds. Amateurs will have a better time at Penny Pines or Hollister Hills.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)Stonyford General Store (530) 963-3235
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (SE)Chevron (530) 934-5802
Potable Water WaterOn Sitepotable water
Davis Flats/Fouts Springs Staging Area
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (SW)Holiday Harbor RV Park (707) 274-1136
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteFout Springs Campground
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Stonyford General Store (530) 963-3235

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Mill Valley Campground Fee
CommentDavis Flats, Fouts Springs, Mill Creek, North Fork and South Fork Campgrounds - $5/night. Self-pay stations at each camping/staging area.

RATINGS

Prosswimming holes, water crossings, nice area to camp at Davis Flat, many staging areas with picnic tables, creek flows through area
Consdry, dusty, not enough shade, hard to find on a map
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Spring or Fall
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityStonyford, CA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Sacramento, CA
1) Take I-5 north to Maxwell exit (#586)
2) Turn left (west) off exit ramp, follow Maxwell Road all the way to Ladoga
3) Turn right on sites Ladoga Road, follow to Ladoga Stonyford Road
4) Follow all the way to town of Stonyford where road comes to a T at the Stonyford General Store
5) Turn left, go 1/10th of mile, then left again on Fout Springs Road
6) Follow 9 miles toward OHV area - 1st staging area (Wolf Creek) is on right, more staging ahead.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoMendocino National Forest - Stonyford Work Center
5171 Stonyford - Elk Creek Road
Stonyford, CA 95979
(530) 963-3128
mailroom_r5_mendocino@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Stonyford Trail Photo

Stonyford Trail

Some of the trails are fairly steep, but manageable.

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Suzuki RM-100 dirt bike on ATV trail.

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Scenic view of surrounding hills and forests.

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Close up view of ATV trail going into the forest.

Some of the trails go through some cool brush tunnels.

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A side view of offroad trail.

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Suzuki dirt bike on offroad trail.

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Suzuki RM-100 dirt bike going through deep water crossing.

Plenty of creek crossings are scattered throughout Stonyford.

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Scenic view of jeep trail heading into the Mendocino National Forest.

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Stop sign at intersection of trail and paved road.

Intersections where the trail crosses paved roads are marked with stop signs.

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A scenic view of hills, trees and hills.

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A scenic portion of the ATV trail lined with wooden 2x4s.

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Suzuki RM250 dirt bike with rider wearing yellow and black motocross gear riding down forest service road.

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Man on RM250 dirt bike with yellow and black motocross gear riding through shallow creek crossing.

Plenty of creek crossings are scattered throughout Stonyford.

Stonyford Trail Photo

Man on Suzuki RM250 dirt bike with yellow and black motocross gear riding down forest service road.

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Kawasaki dirt bike doing a wheelie through shallow stream crossing.

The trail system has numerous stream crossings like this.

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