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Williams Hill

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Other Names

Homes Creek, Monterey County, Salinas Valley

Last Known StatusOpen

The Williams Hill Recreation Area offers a pleasant campground plus eleven miles of dirt roads open to offroad use. The campground has seven designated sites, each with a shade ramada, picnic table, fire ring and concrete parking pad. Campsites are surrounded by oak, pine and various scrub brush, and offer some nice views of the Salinas Valley.

There is one vault toilet, but no water or garbage receptacles, so pack out what you bring in. There is no fee charged to camp here, but stays are limited to 14-days, and sites are first come, first serve. The campground usually reaches full capacity during most weekends, but there is overflow parking located across from the main entrance.

This spot is located about halfway from Los Angeles and San Jose, and is a short jaunt from US 101, making this a good resting spot. The main entrance road is dusty and there are a few curvy turns, but most RVs should have no problem reaching the campground.

Currently there are only dirt roads for offroad use (permitted mid October through mid April), but the BLM is currently in the process of designing a designated off-highway vehicle trail network in that area. There are also plans to add improvements to the campground and staging areas.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
offroad vehicles permitted mid October through mid April
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, 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
permitted mid October through mid April
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted mid October through mid April
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted mid October through mid April
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permittedpermitted mid October through mid April
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted mid October through mid April
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 BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement
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TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM

FEES & PASSES

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

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CitySalinas, CA
AddressLockwood San Ardo Road, Bradley, CA 93426
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From: Salinas, CA
1) Take US-101 South to Exit 263
2) Turn right (west) off the exit ramp onto Paris Valley Road, continue 1.7 miles
3) Turn left (south-west) onto Lockwood San Ardo Road, continue 6.4 miles
4) Veer left to stay on Lockwood San Ardo Road, continue .8 mile
5) Campground entrance is on the right.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Central Coast Field Office
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
(831) 582-2200
blm_ca_web_cc@blm.gov
www.blm.gov

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TERRAIN

Approx Size8,500 acres (13 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail11
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2000 to 2776 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
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 BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis BLM land has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
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

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)San Ardo Mini Market (831) 627-2371
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Valero (831) 385-7572
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (N)San Lorenzo Park Campground (831) 755-4895
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (N)San Lorenzo Park Campground (831) 755-4895
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (N)San Lorenzo Park Campground (831) 755-4895
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Miller's Market (831) 627-2449
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