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Devil's Backbone

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Other Names

Six Rivers National Forest, Mad River Ranger District, Mad River Ridge, Mad River Rock, Van Duzen River, Hale Creek, Ruth Lake

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This part of the Six Rivers National Forest offers about 10 miles of old logging roads that are open to motorized use.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenMay 1 - November 15CA 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 EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trails
Rule Enforcement
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TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

FEES & PASSES

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

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityMad River, CA
AddressE Van Duzen Road, Mad River, CA 95552
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From: Eureka, CA
1) Take US-101 south about 20 miles
2) Turn left (east) on SR-36, continue about 45 miles
3) Turn right (south) onto Van Duzen Road, continue about 12 miles
4) Trailhead entrance is on the left (east).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSix Rivers National Forest - Mad River Ranger District
741 State Highway 36
Bridgeville, CA 95526
(707) 574-6233
mailroom_r5_six_rivers@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov

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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2900 to 4000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
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

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KEY SERVICES

Gasoline GasolineMad River, CA
Diesel DieselMad River, CA
Potable Water WaterMad River, CA
RV Hookups RV HookupMad River, CA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalMad River, CA
Primitive Camping CampgroundMad River, CA
Convenience Store Conv StoreMad River, CA
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