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Burlington Motorcycle Trail System

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Other Names

Burlington Ridge Complex, Tahoe National Forest, Chalk Bluff, Omega Overlook, South Fork Deer Creek, Remington Hill, Deer Creek Trail, Big Tunney Trail, Mill Loop Trail, Last Chance Trail

Last Known StatusVariable Schedule  (Depends on daily conditions. Call (530) 478-6253 for recorded message.)

This part of the Tahoe National Forest features about 50 miles of narrow and twisty single track trails that wind through a cool mixed pine forest. The trails are marked and range from smooth and fast to rocky, slow and technical, making this a good choice for advanced riders.

Chalk Bluff is the most popular place to stage but while parking is limited there are some basic amenities that consist of a vault toilet, loading ramp and informational kiosk. Additional parking can be found at Omega Staging Area which is about a mile east past Chalk Bluff off Hwy 20.

The trails and staging areas are only open for day use but Skillman Horse and White Cloud campgrounds are located just a few miles west. Note that both campgrounds do not provide direct trail access, so unless street legal, motorcycles will have to be hauled to and from the staging areas.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenCall first for current conditions - status is determined based on soil moisture. Call (530) 478-6253 for recorded message.CA 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 ATVsProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
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
2 Stroke EnginesNo RestrictionCA 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 RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentAlways call first, open/closure status is determined based on soil moisture which changes throughout the year. Call (530) 478-6253 for recorded message.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $18.00
RV: $18.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Skillman Horse Campground Fee
CommentWhite Cloud Campground Fee - $24/night, $5/extra vehicle.


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityNevada City, CA
AddressChalk Bluff Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Sacramento, CA
1) Take I-80 East to Exit 161
2) Merge onto SR-20, continue 11 miles
3) Turn left (south) onto Chalk Bluff Road, continue .8 miles
4) Staging area is on the left.


Contact InfoBurlington Motorcycle Trail System Hotline
(530) 478-6253
Contact InfoTahoe National Forest - Yuba River Ranger District
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 288-3231
(530) 265-4531
Contact InfoNevada County Woods Riders
P.O. Box 1865
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 274-9943


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Burlington Motorcycle Trail System

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Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4700 to 5500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not 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 some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
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


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Nyack Shell (530) 389-8212
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Nyack Shell (530) 389-8212
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)Skillman Horse Campground (530) 265-4531
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (N)River Rest Resort (530) 265-4306
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (N)River Rest Resort (530) 265-4306
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)Skillman Horse Campground (530) 265-4531
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Nyack Shell (530) 389-8212
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