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Lubbs Trail

Monday, December 9, 2019

Other Names

Six Rivers National Forest, Orleans Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

Located in "Bigfoot Country", a small network of old jeep trails and forest service roads can be found in this area. Many of the trails we encountered were overgrown with thick forest vegetation so it was impossible to go very far.

The main access road had steep drop-offs to the sides, some fairly rocky sections and a number of low overhanging tree branches. There are no turnaround opportunities for passenger vehicles early on, so once you go in you have to go all the way in, and watch out! The famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot footage was shot about 20 miles from here.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA 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 UTV & 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 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome AreasNot Recommended
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome AreasNot Recommended
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementNone
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TERRAIN

Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail3
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2800 to 4800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
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 almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
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 few intersections.Few
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 no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
Beware of cliffs.
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 (N)Orleans
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Orleans
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (N)Orleans
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Klamath Riverside RV Park & Campground (530) 627-3239
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Klamath Riverside RV Park & Campground (530) 627-3239
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NW)Klamath Riverside RV Park & Campground (530) 627-3239
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)Orleans

FEES & PASSES

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

RATINGS

Prosfree, main trail leads to nice swimming hole
Consno single track, main entrance road is steep & narrow, area consists of old jeep trails
Our RatingRatingPoor
Recommended StayHalf Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityOrleans, CA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Eureka, CA
1) Take US-101 north about 11 miles
2) Take exit for SR-299 east, continue about 40 miles
3) Turn left (north) on SR-96 (Bigfoot Scenic Highway), continue 37 miles
4) After crossing bridge turn right on Red Cap Road, continue 10.4 miles (Red Cap Road turns into NF-10N01)
5) Veer right at fork on NF-10N03. Trailhead is on the right side of road.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSix Rivers National Forest - Orleans Ranger District
Highway 96 P.O. Box 410
Orleans, CA 95556
(530) 627-3291
mailroom_r5_six_rivers@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Lubbs Trail

We did not find any narrow trails here, just jeep and forest roads, but the remoteness and scenic views were nice.

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Honda CRF Dirtbike getting wet at Lubbs Trail

There were a couple of shallow water crossings.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

The main road is smooth and designed for passenger vehicles; not really a challenge for motorcycles.

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Girl riding a Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

This is a good example of the terrain you can expect on these forest roads.  This is mostly the type of trails we found throughout the area.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

The trails did not appear to be heavily maintained, probably due to a lack of visitors.  We encountered numerous dead ends, fallen branches, and a portion of the trails were completely overgrown and inaccessible.

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Lubbs Trail

And although it didn't appear to us that these trails get much use, keep in mind that things may have changed significantly since we visited.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

Toward the end the main trail eventually just sort of disintegrated.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Lubbs Trail

So it was back the way we came in!

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Lubbs Trail

There was still time to take this side trail and follow it to the end to find this swimming hole.  Do you feel like we are being watched? Me too.

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Lubbs Trail

Let's keep moving.  This is bigfoot country.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Lubbs Trail

A quick stop to take in the view.

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Scenery from Lubbs Trail

This is the view.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

Now let's bail because this whole place is kinda creepy and the sun is dropping!

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Lubbs Trail

Tempting fate. Heeeere squatchy squatchy!

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Lubbs Trail

She's not waiting around.

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Lubbs Trail

A fun day, but a long drive and not a lot of motorcycle or ATV trails.  Good tourism in the area though.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Lubbs Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Lubbs Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike traversing the water at Lubbs Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Lubbs Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lubbs Trail

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Lubbs Trail

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