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Jackson Meadows

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Other Names

Henness Pass Rd, Middle Yuba River, Meadow Lake Rd, Webber Lake, Bowman Lake, Little Truckee Summit Staging Area, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, French Lake, Henness Pass Road, Tahoe National Forest, Truckee Ranger District, Fordyce Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Tahoe National Forest mainly consists of dirt roads but still offers plenty of recreational opportunities to choose from, such as numerous lakes and campsites to please any outdoor enthusiast.

Challenging motorcycle trails are scarce but some of the roads do occasionally go over small creek crossings, and the views are top notch. If you stay on the main road you can eventually reach the famous Fordyce Jeep Trail (experts only) which is rocky and challenging for ATVs, but not recommended for motorcycles.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenApril 24 - 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 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 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
2 Cycle EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Motocross 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
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic
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TERRAIN

Approx Size92,800 acres (145 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5700 to 7200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has no rider traffic on typical days.None
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Sierraville Superstore (530) 994-3820
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Sierraville Superstore (530) 994-3820
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Sierraville
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SE)Coachland RV Park (530) 587-3071
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Coachland RV Park (530) 587-3071
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Tahoe National Forest Pass Creek Campground (530) 993-1410
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Sierraville Superstore (530) 994-3820

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $24.00
RV: $24.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $5.00
East Meadow, Fir Top and Findley campground fees. Add $2/day for reservations during holiday weekends.

RATINGS

Prosplenty of campgrounds/campsites to choose from, some are very close to the reservoir, great scenic views, boat ramp is close by, some creek crossings, plenty nearby lakes.
Consno motorcycle single track trails, all are dirt roads
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Summer/Fall
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityTruckee, CA
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From: Reno, NV
1) Take I-80 west toward Truckee (approx. 30 miles)
2) Take exit for 89 north, continue north approx. 15 miles
3) Turn left (west) on Jackson Meadows Road (you will see a sign for Little Truckee Summit OHV Staging Area)
4) Follow Jackson Meadows Road to Jackson Meadows Reservoir Dam, approx. 15 miles
5) Stage on the right hand side before the dam.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoTahoe National Forest - Truckee Ranger District
9646 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161-2949
(530) 587-3558
mailroom_r5_tahoe@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Reservoir

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Jackson Meadows Trail

During the low tide months you can ride past the boat ramp.

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OHV crossing the water at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Scenic view at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Jackson Meadows Trail

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OHV at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Jackson Meadows Trail

Looks can be deceiving as some of the creek crossings are fairly deep.

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Scenic view of Jackson Meadows Trail

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Terrain example at Jackson Meadows Trail

Jackson Meadows Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Jackson Meadows Trail

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Scenic view of Jackson Meadows Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Jackson Meadows Trail

To access most of the trails go across the Jackson Meadows Reservoir Dam.

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Example of terrain at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Scenery at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike crossing the water at Jackson Meadows Trail

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Scenic view at Jackson Meadows Trail

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