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Rowher Flat OHV Area

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Other Names

Angeles National Forest, Rowher Flats, Los Angeles Gateway Ranger District, Drinkwater, Texas Canyon

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Angeles National Forest offers about 60 miles of offroad trails, technical hill climbs and some play areas. Trails are marked, rated and groomed, but are mostly hard pack dirt.

Recent upgrades have been made to the staging areas which now offer loading ramps, vault toilets, shade ramadas, picnic tables, trash cans and fire rings (bring your own water). The main staging area has a large parking lot plus an adjacent 80cc mini track and 4x4 training course.

Additional access can be found off Bouquet Canyon Road which can also be used to reach the northern portion of Rowher Flats and Drinkwater Flats.

An Adventure Pass is required and must be obtained prior to arrival since there is no self pay kiosk.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
valid registration required for all vehicles
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
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 WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated 4x4 trails and open area
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated 4x4 trails and open area
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)
camping permitted in staging areas - first come, first serve
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
OHVs restricted to operate on marked roads and trails only.
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementSome


Approx Size10,240 acres (16 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail60
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2100 to 4844 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly MaintainedTrails have been groomed and are less rocky than they use to be.
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has almost all hard pack terrain.All
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
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 few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
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 few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
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


AreaMotorized Trails, trails are hard packed, some open play areas
LandNational Forest
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
Max Engine Size80 cc Max
Min Engine Size50 cc Min
Commentmini track/kids course


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Mobil Gas Station (661) 252-5777
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Shell (661) 252-1012
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Action/Los Angeles North KOA (661) 268-1214 or (800) 562-2172
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Mobil Gas Station (661) 252-5777


ParkingYes ($5.00)
Adventure Pass Fee - $5/day or $30/year
CommentAdventure Pass not required for green or red sticker OHVs, but is required for all street-legal vehicles parked within the OHV Area.


Prossecluded, basic services, many trails, some free play areas, trails marked & rated
Conshard, dry, rocky, run down
Our RatingRatingFair
Recommended StayHalf Day
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Nearest CitySanta Clarita, CA
AddressRush Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Santa Clarita, CA
1) Take Hwy 14 E (Antleope Valley Freeway) about 5 miles to Exit 9 (Sand Canyon)
2) Turn left (north) off the exit ramp onto Sand Canyon Road, continue 2 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto Sierra Highway, continue 4.5 miles
4) Turn left (west) onto Rush Canyon Road, continue about 4 miles toward main staging area.

**Note: No stopping, unloading, or OHV riding permitted on Rush Canyon Road.**

For Sierra Pelona Ridge Trailhead:
From Santa Clarita, CA
1) Take Bouquet Canyon Road north about 13 miles
2) Trailhead is on the right (east).

Note: Pelona Ridge Trailhead is about located about 1 mile north past the Big Oaks Lodge.


Contact InfoAngeles National Forest - Los Angeles Gateway Ranger District
12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, CA 91342
(818) 899-1900
CommentExt. 221
Contact InfoAngeles National Forest - Acton Work Center
33708 Crown Valley Road
Acton, CA 93510
(661) 269-2808
Contact InfoUSDA Adventure Pass
602 S. Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408-2607
(909) 382-2622
(909) 382-2623


Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Rowher Flat OHV Area Trail

On the way in you can see the Texas Canyon Rocks, a popular hiking and rock climbing area.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Narrow single track trail with off camber turns.

A good photo of some of the single track in the area.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Close up photo of vault toilets, information kiosk, shade gazebo with picnic table surrounded by large boulders.

The Forest Service recently upgraded the staging areas with new restrooms, shade gazebos, information kiosks and picnic tables. Be sure to say thanks!

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Mini bobcat dozer grading ATV trail.

Recently some of the trails have been graded. Here is an example of some of the work done.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Photo of shade gazebo on concrete pad with picnic table and fire ring.

One of the recently added shade gazebos with a picnic table and fire ring.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Photo of shade gazebo on concrete pad with picnic table and fire ring.

Another view of a shade gazebo with a picnic table and fire ring.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Photo of shade gazebo on concrete pad with picnic table, fire ring and trash receptacle.

One of the recently added shade gazebos with a picnic table, fire ring, trash receptacle and decorative concrete pavers.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

ATV trail surrounded by metal posts and fencing.

A view of one of the ATV trails. As you can see, most of the terrain is hard pack.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Scenic view of ATV trails going through rolling hills.

This was taken from the main entrace road. You can see that the trails go on for miles and miles.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Man wearing black and red motocross gear with helmet riding Suzuki RM-250 in dirt parking lot.

The staging area has plenty of room to practice basic riding skills.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Man on Suzuki RM-250 going up trail from staging area.

This photo was taken sometime around late 2004. Many upgrades have been made since then.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Scenic photo of rolling hills covered with scrub brush and dry grass.

This photo sums up the scenery.


Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Young woman on Suzuki RM-250 dirt bike riding riding around staging area.

This photo was taken at one of the staging areas around late 2004. You can see that improvements have been made since then.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Young woman wearing Acerbis motocross gear riding RM-250 two-stroke dirt bike around staging area.

The main staging area is flat and wide with plenty of parking.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Forest Service brown carsonite trail marker designating difficulty level and permitted use.

Trails are clearly marked and rated. This trail is open to ATVs and dirt bikes.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Photo of main staging area taken from a distance at top of nearby hill.

Aerial view of the staging area taken from the main entrance road.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

A close up photo of narrow trail following ridgeline of steep hill.

Some of the trails follow the ridgelines, offering some great scenic views.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Close up photo of ATV trail going through a section of trees.

There are a few sections that go through some trees but they are few and far between.


Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Panoramic view of ATV trails and rolling hills.

Another view of the trails taken from the main entrance road.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Photo of narrow trail with rut going through the center.

Some sections are a little rugged.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Wide but hard packed ATV trail with loose chunk rock.

This is what you will mostly encounter here - hard pack with some loose chunk rock.

Rowher Flat Trail Photo

Woman on RM-250 dirt bike riding around staging area.

Another view of what the staging area looked like in 2004. Since then recent amenities like shade gazebos have been added.

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