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Elkins Flat OHV Routes

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Other Names

Elkin's Flat, Grizzly Flat Area, Pipi Campground, Pipi Valley, Pi-Pi Valley, Eldorado National Forest, Placerville Ranger District, Simpson Gulch, Big Mountain Ridge, Middle Fork Cosumnes River, Pipi Creek, Plummer Ridge, Dogtown Creek, Steely Creek, Mckinney Creek, Leoni Meadow

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Eldorado National Forest offers a network of mostly motorcycle-only woods trails of a wide range of difficulty. The trails have lots of tree roots and whoops, switchback climbs, water crossings, and rock beds. It can be pretty dusty in the summer, but when the conditions are right, these trails are epic!

The main staging area is simple, but shady and pleasant, with a few campsites, restrooms, and a map kiosk. Last time we checked there was still no fee for camping or riding.

If you are looking for a weekend trip with a more aggressive group, this is a very good choice. (You can find some easier scenic trails just down the road at Gold Note.)

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenApril 1 - December 31CA 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 Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated forest service roads
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated forest service roads
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated forest service roads
2 Cycle EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Motocross Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on designated trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic
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TERRAIN

Approx Size19,200 acres (30 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail65
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3200 to 5800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has almost all dust on typical days.All
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
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 some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
steep hills, sharp cutbacks and big boulders
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

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Cooks Station (209) 295-2244
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Amador Gas Station (209) 295-4444
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)PiPi Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Pine Acres Resort RV Park (209) 296-4650
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)PiPi Campground
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)PiPi Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Cooks Station (209) 295-2244

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Prosfree, lots of trails, decent camping, shady
Consdusty, parts of trail are whooped out, patches of loose rock
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
Spring
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityPioneer, CA
AddressOmo Ranch Road, Pioneer, CA 95666
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: South Lake Tahoe, CA
1) Take Hwy 89 south to Hwy 88 west
2) Continue west on Hwy 88 about 44 miles
3) Turn right (north) on Omo Ranch Road
4) Proceed .75 miles
5) Turn right on NF-10N83 (North-South Road)
6) Follow NF-10N83 about 8.5 miles (veer left at fork at Pipi Campground)
7) Turn left on NF-9N55
8) Elkins Flat staging area will be on your immediate right.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoEldorado National Forest - Placerville Ranger District
4260 Eight Mile Road
Camino, CA 95709
(530) 644-2324
mailroom_r5_eldorado@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Commentselect option 2 and 3 for trail conditions
Contact InfoBig Mountain OHV Camp
200 8N58C Forestry Road
Grizzly Flat, CA 95636
(209) 295-1874
CommentMembership campground that offers direct trail access to Gold Note Trail System.

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

The main staging area has restrooms, a kiosk with a map, and multiple campsites with fire rings.

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Some amenities at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

The main staging area has restrooms, a kiosk with a map, and multiple campsites with fire rings.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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Example of terrain at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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Terrain example at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

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Some terrain at Elkins Flat OHV Routes Trail

A cool stream crossing on loop 25.

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