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Poleta OHV Area

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District, Bishop Resource Area, Redding Canyon, Poleta Canyon

Last Known StatusOpen

This year-round offroad area consists of hundreds of miles of trails that wind through a checkerboard of BLM and Inyo National Forest land. The trails range from smooth and fast 4x4 roads to rugged and steep single track with ridgeline views.

There are two designated staging areas that have room for primitive camping. The trails connect all the way to Owens Dry Lake to the haunted hills and ghost town of Bodie.

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Nearest CityBishop, CA
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From: Bishop, CA
For the Lower Staging Area:
1) Take US-395 to Line Street
2) Turn east on Line Street, continue 4.4 miles
3) Staging area is on the left (east).

Note: For the Upper Staging Area:
4) Continue on south on Line Street about 1 mile
5) Turn left (east) onto Redding Canyon Road, continue 1.2 miles
6) Turn left at fork, continue .5 miles to staging area.


LandBLM, National Forest


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
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)
PermittedCA 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 Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on the trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.




Contact InfoBLM - Bishop Field Office
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 872-5000
Contact InfoInyo National Forest - White Mountain Ranger Station
798 North Main Street
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-2500



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Approx Size2,500 acres (4 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4500 to 6500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
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 mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NW)Northern Inyo Hospital (760) 873-5811
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (W)Giggle Springs (760) 872-3449
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (W)Giggle Springs (760) 872-3449
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (W)Brown's Town Campground (760) 873-8522
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (W)Brown's Town Campground (760) 873-8522
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (W)Brown's Town Campground (760) 873-8522
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (E)Grandview Campground (760) 873-2500
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (W)Giggle Springs (760) 872-3449
Swimming Swim AreaBishop, CA
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (W)Owens River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NW)Crowley Lake Fish Camp (760) 935-4301
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