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California Bike Trail Information -National Forest
This page features a brief overview of legal bike trails in National Forests located in California . For local trail information "Select a City" from the drop down menu to the right.

BIKE TRAILS IN NATIONAL FORESTS LOCATED IN CALIFORNIA
Angeles National Forest | Cleveland National Forest | Eldorado | Inyo | Klamath | Lake Tahoe | Lassen | Los Padres | Mendocino | Modoc | Plumas | San Bernardino | Sequoia | Shasta-Trinity | Sierra | Six Rivers | Stanislaus | Tahoe |

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST
Angeles National Forest
701 N Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 574-1613

Mountain bicycle Guide (PDF) (HTML)

LOS ANGELES RIVER DISTRICT
Mountain Biking Angeles National Forest
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Barley Flat Trail
Directions: The Barley Flat Trail begins at 2n46.1 Barley Flats Road and ends at 3n19.1 U.big T Road Milepst 4.11.
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Trail Length: 3.5 miles
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Ken Burton Trail
Directions: The Burton Trail begins at 2n66 Brown Mt Tt, N End and ends at Gabrielino Nrt Above Oakwilde.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: 3.0 miles
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First Water Trail
Directions: The First Water Trail begins at 2n40 0.25mi Below Chantry Flts and ends at 2n40 At Robert's Bridge.
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Trail Length: 1.0 miles
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Kenyon Devore Trail
Directions: The Kenyon Devore Trail Flat Trail begins at Redbox-mtwilson Road At Loop and ends at 2n24.1 Redbox-rincon Road
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Trail Length: 4 miles
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San Gabriel Peak Trail
Directions: The San Gabriel Peak Trail begins at Markham Saddle (2n50.1) and ends at Mt Disappointment Road (2n52).
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Trail Length: 2.5 miles
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Tom Sloane Trail
Directions: The Tom Sloan Trail begins at Mt Lowe Tt (2n50.1) and ends at Tom Sloan Saddle.
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Trail Length: 2.0 miles
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Zion Trail
Directions: The Tom Sloan Trail begins at Lower Winter Cr Trail 11w15 and ends at Sturtevant Trail 11w16.
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Trail Length: 2.5 miles
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SAN GABRIEL RIVER RANGER DISTRICT

 


Silver Fish Trail
The Silver Fish Trail is 6.2 miles long. It begins at State Hwy. 39 and ends at White Saddle.

West Fork National Recreation Trail
The West Fork National Recreation trail is 7.4 miles long. It begins at West Fork Parking and ends at Cogswell Dam.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

Cleveland National Forest

10845 Rancho Bernardo Road

Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92127
(858) 673-6180

Click Here! for the Cleveland National Forest Visitor Guide

CAPITAN BACK COUNTRY AREA
CORRAL CANYON AREA

 

Bobcat Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive South on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.
Level: Beginner
Trail Length: 1.0 miles
Highest Elevation: 3,800'
Elevation Change: 240'

Bronco Peak Connector Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.
This trail is rugged and very steep and rocky on chaparral-covered slopes.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: 1.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 4,169'
Elevation Change: 609'

Bronco Peak Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead. The trail is rugged and very steep and rocky on chaparral-covered slopes.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: 1.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 4,169'
Elevation Change: 609'

Corral Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.
Chaparral, Oak woodland slopes.
Level: Beginner
Trail Length: .8 miles
Highest Elevation: 3820'
Elevation Change: 260'

Greenhorn Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: 1.1 Miles
Highest Elevation: 3600'
Elevation Change: 200'

Gun Slinger Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: 2.5 Miles
Highest Elevation: 3680'
Elevation Change:
260'

Kernan Trail
Directions: North end: I-8 at Pine Valley Rd. Take the Pine Valley exit and park to the right in the cul-de-sac. Follow Bear Valley Road to the Kernan Cycle Trail signs. South end: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.
Level: Beginner
Trail Length: 5 Miles
Highest Elevation: 4000'
Elevation Change:
810'

Sidewinder Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: .9 Miles
Highest Elevation: 3800'
Elevation Change:
0

Sodbuster Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road. Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: .9 Miles
Highest Elevation: 3800'
Elevation Change:
240'
LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA
Descanso Ranger District
3348 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-6235

The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is located in the Descanso District of the Cleveland National Forest (about 40 minutes east of San Diego). The Laguna Meadow Trail system provides some of Southern California's most scenic mountain biking riding featuring all mountain biking through oak and pine groves as well as some great single track through the Laguna Meadow.

Mountain Biking Cleveland National Forest

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Big Laguna Trail
Directions: To reach the upper end, take Sunrise Highway from I-8 (near Pine Valley) and drive north 13.5 miles to just past the second cattle guard on the highway. Vehicles should park on either side of the highway on the paved turnouts. The access to the Big Laguna trail is via the Nobel Canyon trail that departs the western turnout and is marked by a small sign. Follow the Nobel Canyon trail about 100 yards to reach the Big Laguna trail junction. The other end of the Big Laguna trail makes a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail about 1/4 mile northeast of the Laguna Station (the Forest Service fire station).
Level: Beginner
Trail Length: 6.7 Miles
Highest Elevation: 5960'
Elevation Change: 560'
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Bronco Flat Trail
Directions: I-8 east from San Diego to Buckman Springs Road Drive south on Buckman Springs Road 3.6 miles to Corral Canyon Road. Turn right on Corral Canyon Road and drive 6.2 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: .9 Miles
Highest Elevation: 3600'
Elevation Change: 250'
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Indian Creek Trail
Directions: To reach the upper end, take Sunrise Highway from I-8 (near Pine Valley) and drive north 13.5 miles to just past the second cattle guard on the highway. Park on either side of the highway in the paved turnout. Access to the Indian Creek trail is via the Noble Canyon Trail (which departs the western turnout and is marked by a small sign.) Follow the Noble Canyon Trail about 2 miles to reach the Indian Creek Trail junction.
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Trail Length: 4 Miles
Highest Elevation: 5425'
Elevation Change: 825'
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Noble Canyon Trail
Directions: To reach the upper end, take Sunrise Highway from I-8 (near Pine Valley) and drive north 13.5 miles to just past the second cattle guard on the highway. Vehicles should park on either side of the highway in the paved turnouts. The trail departs the western turnout and is marked by a small sign. The lower end of the trail is reached by driving 1.2 miles north of Pine Valley on Olde Highway 80, then 1.6 miles north on Pine Creek Road.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: 10 Miles
Highest Elevation: 5420'
Elevation Change: 1680'
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Pine Mountain Trail
Directions: I-8 east to Sunrise Highway as far as the Pioneer Mail Trailhead at the north end of the Laguna Recreation Area. Parking is available for equestrian and passenger vehicles. There is a picnic area with barbecue stoves and a pit toilet, but no water is available at this site. In the summer there is water available for equestrian use on the Pacific Crest Trail near the trailhead.
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Trail Length: 2.3 Miles
Highest Elevation: 5600'
Elevation Change: 0'
Special Note: Mountain Bikes are not allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail

San Juan Loop Trail (5W08)
Directions: Begins and ends at the developed trailhead off Hwy 74 across from the Candy Store starting on the east side of the parking lot and overlooks the San Juan River and falls. Loops around/near San Juan Campground and back to the west side of the parking lot.
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Trail Length: 2.2 Miles
Highest Elevation: 350'
Elevation Change: 0'
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Joplin Trail (6W02)
Directions: Trail crosses over private land.
Level: Advanced
Trail Length: 6.4 Miles
Highest Elevation: '
Elevation Change:
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DESCANSO ROAD

Chiquito Trail (6W07)
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Falcon Trail (6W10)
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Holy Jim Trail (6W03)
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Los Pinos Trail (6W06)
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San Juan Trail (6W05)
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Trabuco Canyon Trail (6W04)
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Viejo Tie Trail (6W09)
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West Horsethief Trail (6W11)
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TRABUCO ROAD
Trabuco Ranger District   
1147 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 736-1811
ELDRADO NATIONAL FOREST



INYO NATIONAL FOREST


 

KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST



LAKE TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST


 

LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST



LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST


 

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST



MODOC NATIONAL FOREST


 

PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST



SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST


 

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST
Forest Supervisor's Office
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 784-1500
Mountain bike use is permitted only on designated roads and trails within the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Bicycle use is not permitted off of roads or trails within the monument. In the non-monument portion of the forest, bicycle use is allowed unless posted closed or within a designated wilderness area.
Hume Lake Ranger District
35860 East Kings Canyon Road
Dunlap, CA 93621
(559) 338-2251

Kern River Ranger District - Kernville Office

105 Whitney Road
P.O. Box 9
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3781

Outfitter and Guide Permittees that operate under Forest Service permit to provide guided mountain bike trips and equipment rental:

Moutain & River Adventures
P.O. Box 858
11113 Kernville Road
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-6553


 

Kern Plateau Mountain Bike Trails

Schaefer Meadow Trail (33E24)
The trail starts at Bonita Meadow where it parallels several mountain meadows. It offers some challenging uphill climbs with some steep descents. This trail connects with Trout Creek Trail at Corral Meadow.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 4.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,800'Elevation Change: 640'

North Meadow Pass Trail (33E27)
The Trail begins off the Sherman Pass 4x4 Trail. It is a steep downhill descent following a narrow, rocky, single track trail where it connects with the Schaeffer Trail.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 1.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 9,000'Elevation Change: 900'

Trout Creek Trail (33E28) -
This scenic trail begins at Corral Meadow and traverses up and down the Trout Creek drainage. The soil is sandy with some technical rocky sections. The trail passes aspen groves and several meadows. Considered one of the most scenic trails on the Plateau.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 8.0 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,800'
Elevation Change: 800'

Cannell Trail (33E32)
The Trail begins at Sherman Pass Vista off Sherman Pass Road 22S05 and is recommended as a 2-dayer. Vehicles need to be shuttled, leaving one at the Forest Service corrals off Mtn. 99 where the trail ends, and driving the other to the Vista. The first ascent begins just north of Mosquito Meadow and is about 3/4 of a mile long, followed by a long descent to Big Meadow. Once crossing Salmon Creek, the route continues on Cherry Hill Road 22S12 for about 2 miles, which is the second ascent. This route will crest out on top of Big Meadow Pass where it picks up the trail on the eastside of the road. The trail continues for about 1/2 mile where the third ascent begins. This ascent is 1 mile long, followed by a long descent to Cannell Meadow. From there the trail continues with 3 miles of riding pleasure before Pine Flat is reached. Here the 9 mile descent called the Cannell Plunge begins. This trail travels through several meadows and offers a variety of scenic vistas.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 23.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 9,200'
Elevation Change: 6,400'

Sherman Pass 4x4 Trail (33E48)
This is a narrow, rocky jeep trail that starts just north of Bonita Meadow off Forest Road 22S41 and ends at Sherman Pass Road 22S05 approximately 6 miles west of Sherman Pass Vista. This trail is very technical with some steep, rocky, uphill ascents, and rocky to loose gravel descents. Need to shuttle vehicles.
Rating: Most DifficultTrail
Length: 6.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 9,100'
Elevation Change: 500'

Beach Trail (34E01)
This trail begins at Osa Meadow and travels along several small meadows with stream crossings, ending at Beach Meadow. The trail is sandy with some technical rocky sections. Best suited for advanced riders.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 3.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,600'
Elevation Change: 1,100'

Little Horse Trail (34E02)
This trail starts at Osa Meadow and ends at Beach Trail, just north of Beach Meadow. It requires technical skill due to the sandy soils and a few rocky, downhill descents. Offers scenic vistas.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 5.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,000'
Elevation Change: 700'

Fish and Troy Connector (34E03)
This trail connects Troy Meadow Campground overflow area with Fish Creek Campground. Trail parallels Little Troy Meadow for a short distance, eventually connecting with Jackass Creek Trail at Fish Creek overflow area.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 1.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 7,800'
Elevation Change: 145'

Sherman Pass Trail (34E09)
This trail is very technical due to a steep downhill descent and rocky, sandy soils. It connects with Trout Creek Trail.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 1.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 9,200'
Elevation Change: 800'

Boone Meadow Trail (34E10)
Trail starts on the southwest side of Sherman Pass Road 22S05 leading towards Trout Creek Trail and offers some steep, rocky, technical sections.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 1.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,300'
Elevation Change: 300'

Blackrock Mountain Trail (34E26)
Trail connects with the Granite Broder Trail. It offers a variety of conditions ranging from steep, gradual hill climbs to downhill riding. Soils are sandy in several sections and trail offers several scenic vistas.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 8.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 9,200'
Elevation Change: 800'

Beach Ridge Trail (34E27)
This trail begins at Troy Meadow overflow area and follows the ridge north ending at the Albanita Trail. Trail condition is sandy soil with some technical rocky uphill climbs. It offers some vistas looking over Troy Meadow. Best suited for experienced riders.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 6.7' miles
Highest Elevation: 8,200'
Elevation Change: 600'

Monache 4x4 Trail (34E38)
Trail begins at Powell Meadow off Forest Road 20S22 and ends at Monache Meadows on the Inyo National Forest where there are several miles of dirt roads to ride. There is a 1.8 mile descent down a wide 4X4 trail to Snake Creek. After creek crossing, trail has moderate up and down grades. A reminder that Forest Service regulations state mountain bikes are prohibited in designated wilderness areas.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 1.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,500'
Elevation Change: 500'

Granite Border Trail (35E02)
Starts off the Albanita Trail west of Granite Knob and ends at the entrance to South Sierra Wilderness. This trail travels through aspen groves, mountain meadows and offers a magnificent view of Granite Knob, Jackass Peak and Olancha Mountain. Sandy soils with some short, rocky sections. Best suited for experienced riders.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 4.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,400'
Elevation Change: 400'

Granite Cut-Off Trail (35E02A)
A connector route from Monache 4x4 Trail to Granite Broder Trail. Sandy soil with some rocks on a single track.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 0.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,100'
Elevation Change: 200'

Jackass Peak Trail (35E03)
Trail starts off the Albanita Trail west of Jackass Peak and connects to the Granite Broder Trail in the Monache Meadow area. This trail traverses a 4.5 mile descent down a narrow, sandy, rocky, single track trail. A must trail to ride for the experienced rider.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 4.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,800'
Elevation Change: 800'

Albanita Trail (35E06)
This trail offers several access points. Trail conditions vary from hard pack dirt to sandy, rocky soils. Some very technical downhill/uphill climbs. Scenic vistas through meadows and aspen groves.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 7.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,800'
Elevation Change: 1,200'

Jackass Creek Trail (35E13)
Trail begins at Fish Creek Campground by taking Forest Road 21S01 to the end where the trail begins. Trail conditions are sandy with a long uphill climb where it connects with the Albanita Trail. It parallels the west side of Jackass Meadow ending near Jackass Peak and travels through old growth aspen.
Rating: Most Difficult
Trail Length: 5.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 8,800'
Elevation Change: 1,000'
Kern River Ranger District - Lake Isabella Office
4875 Ponderosa Drive
P.O. Box 3810
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
(760) 379-5646
Western Divide Ranger District
32588 Highway 190
Springville, CA 93265
(559) 539-2607
SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST


 

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST



SIX RIVERS NATIONAL FOREST
Six Rivers National Forest
1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-1721

The Six Rivers National Forest lies east of Redwood State and National Parks in northwestern California, and stretches southward from the Oregon border for about 140 miles. It encompasses 957,590 National Forest acres and 133,410 acres of other ownership. Smith River National Recreation Area and Orleans, Lower Trinity, and Mad River Ranger Districts make up the Forest. The Forest lies in Del Norte County (43%), Humboldt County (35%), Trinity County (21%), and Siskiyou County (1%). It forms a long, narrow land section, stretching from the Oregon border on the north to Mendocino County on the south.Hundreds of miles of trails and roads are accessible by mountain bike. Generally, the trails are hilly and rocky, winding through pine forests and open grass lands.

Bicycles are permitted along all Public roadways that are open to vehicles, (paved and unpaved). All other trails in National Forests are off limits to cyclists unless they are specifically designated as a bike trail.

Discovery Trail Scenic Drive
The Discovery Trail was created for sightseers who wanted to drive some of the back roads on National Forests and see some of the out of the way sights. It will eventually be tied to other National Forests as one long connecting road system from the Canadian border to the Mexican border.
Directions:
Level:
Trail Length: 50 Miles
Highest Elevation: 5500'
Elevation Change:
3000'

Click Here! for a Forest Visitors Map
Printable Version: North South
LOWER TRINITY RANGER DISTRICT

The Lower Trinity Ranger District is located approximately 100 miles west of Redding and 45 miles east of Eureka/Arcata near the town of Willow Creek. Willow Creek is a recreation destination for sport hunting, fishing, and river rafting. The area is also famous for Bigfoot sightings and is home to large deer and bear populations.

Latitude : 40.918892
Longitude : -123.651123

Groves Prarie Trail 6E67
Directions: This trail is accessible from Forest Route 4 and forest road 7N04 out of Hawkins Bar California.
Level: Easy
Trail Length: 1.3 Miles
Highest Elevation: 4000'
Elevation Change:
200'

MAD RIVER RANGER DISTRICT

The Mad River Ranger District is located on Highway 36 approximately 50 miles east of Eureka and 100 miles west of Redding.

Barry Creek Trail 12W01
Directions:
Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 1. 3Miles
Highest Elevation: 3380'
Elevation Change:
380'

ORLEANS RANGER DISTRICT
Located about 30 miles from the Northern Coast of California
SMITH RIVER RECREATION AREA
Little Bald Hills Trail 1E03
Directions: Trailhead is located at Rock Creek
Surface: Old logging road (gravel/dirt)
Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 5.1 miles of National Forest trail connecting to 4.5 miles of trail in Redwood National Park
Highest Elevation: 2000'
Elevation Change:
1400'

Paradise Trail 2EO2
Directions:
Surface:
Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 1.1 Miles
Highest Elevation: 950'
Elevation Change:
500'

Elk Camp Ridge 2EO4
Directions:
Level: Difficult
Trail Length: 8.2 Miles
Highest Elevation: 3700'
Elevation Change:
1600'

High Dome Trail 3EO2
Directions:
Level: Difficult
Trail Length: 4.1 Miles
Highest Elevation: 3800'
Elevation Change:
2500'

UKONOM RANGER DISTRICT
Ukonom Ranger District is located in the Klamath National Forest, but is administered by the Six Rivers National Forest.
STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST



TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST


 

 
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