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Foresthill OHV

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Alt Names

Forest Hill, Sugar Pine, Parker Flat, Big Reservoir, Morning Light Campground, Tahoe National Forest, China Wall OHV Area

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This OHV area offers plenty of shade, multiple staging areas, narrow winding trails, and a nearby lake. The 75 miles of marked and rated trails are a bit rocky at the start, but get smoother as you go.

The trails have multiple creek crossings and the reddish color of the dirt goes great with the deep forest pines. Be sure to heed the trails stop signs when crossing paved roads because the corners are blind and the weekend traffic can be fairly steady.

There are some free primitive campsites along the stream, and some pay campsites at the campground near the lake, which fills up quickly on holidays. Make reservations if you want to be on the lake.

During very dry periods a deep layer of silt tends to build up on the trails making them extremely dusty. China Wall OHV Area is also just up the road.

(A Forest Service approved spark arrestor is required here.)

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Nearest CityForesthill, CA
AddressSugar Pine Road, Foresthill, CA 95631
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From: Sacramento, CA
1) I-80 E to Auburn
2) Take Foresthill Road exit, turn right off ramp
3) Follow Foresthill Road all the way to Foresthill
4) A few miles past downtown area, turn left on Sugar Pine Road
5) Staging area Sugar Pine is about 4-5 miles on the left
6) Second staging area Parker Flat is immediately after on the right.

*Note - To reach China Wall OHV Area continue on Foresthill Road past Sugar Pine Road.


LandNational Forest


Prosplenty of shade, no fees, decent trails, narrow windy, nice facilities, nice lakes
Consrocky near staging area, crowded on holidays, lots of road crossings
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
spring, late fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Approx Size96,000 acres (150 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail75
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3500 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Sometrails are rockiest near the staging area, but gets smoother
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has few sand or gravel pits.FewLoop 4
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Somebusy on holidays
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has many hazards.Many(hazards not marked)
many road crossings
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
Commentmost trails marked, rated and looped


Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenApril 1 - 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 WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA 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 UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Armed OfficersJeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.


CommentMorning Star Lake Campground charges a fee, other campgrounds do not.


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (SW)Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (530) 888-4500
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Foresthill Valero (530) 367-2607
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Foresthill Valero (530) 367-2607
Potable Water WaterOn SiteMorning Star Lake Campground (530) 367-2129
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (S)Camp Chiquita Campground (866) 869-3999 or (503) 333-4673 **no large rigs**
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteMorning Star Lake Campground (530) 367-2129
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv StoreOn SiteMorning Star Lake Campground General Store (530) 367-2129
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteSugar Pine Reservoir
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteSugar Pine Reservoir
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (W)Sugar Pine Boat Ramp


Contact InfoTahoe National Forest - Foresthill Ranger Station
22830 Foresthill Road
Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224
Commentselect option 2 and 1 for trail conditions
Contact InfoMorning Star Lake Campground
(530) 367-2129
Commentreservations accepted by phone only


Foresthill Trail Photo

Foresthill OHV Trail

There is a thin layer of velvet-like silt on the trail that looks cool but makes it very dusty.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Suzuki RM100 navigating an ATV trail.

This section was mostly hardpacked but not dusty.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Suzuki RM250 with rider wearing black and yellow Fox motocross gear.

The trails can get a little dusty during dry weather. Best time to ride is after a light rain.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Scenic view of ATV trails and pine trees.

Another view of the trails and scenery.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Forest Service sign prohibiting trucks on trail - ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes only.

Most of the trails have a maximum width of 50 inches or less.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Section of reddish colored ATV trail with wooden guard rails on berm.

The trails are regularly maintained through local clubs and the Forest Service.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Suzuki RM100 going fast up a hill through the woods.

Most of the trails have light to moderate elevation changes.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Rider wearing black and yellow Fox motocross gear on Suzuki RM250.

Most of the trails look like this.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Suzuki mini bike on the trail.

This trail system is perfect for all skill levels.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Dirt bike going through shallow stream crossing on the trail.

One of the many creek crossings.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Rider with Acerbis motocross gear and Alpinestars motorcycle boots on Suzuki RM100 going through the woods.

The trails are maintained regularly through local clubs and the Forest Service. Don't forget to say thanks!

Foresthill Trail Photo

Suzuki RM100 navigating flat ATV trail through the woods.

One of the wider trails. The reddish color of the dirt is unique and makes for some great shots.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Woman on Suzuki RM100 avoiding deep ruts on the trail.

Some sections have ruts but can easily be avoided.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Stop sign with wooden guard rail at intersection of trail and paved road.

Intersections where the trail crosses paved roads are marked with stop signs. Proceed with caution, especially during weekends.

Foresthill Trail Photo

A rocky section of trail for ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles.

Trails are a bit rocky in the beginning but eventually smooth out.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Primitive campsite next to ATV trail.

One of the many dispersed campsites that can be found throughout the trail system.

Foresthill Trail Photo

Three riders trying to get a Yamaha dirt bike up a rocky section.

Some sections are a little rugged and steep.

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