Northern California 4x4 Trails & Maps - Where To Go 4Wheeling
This trail is located east of Markleeville and ends close to the Nevada state line. Here's a thorough description of the trail and surrounding area, as well as detailed directions, local weather, a map, recommended equipment, and nearby accommodations.
This off-road track is located on 14-acre riverfront on the Bear River in Grass Valley. It features a short course that allows owners of off-road vehicles to test their vehicles and skills. Clubs and events are welcome.
This 17-mile trail is rated moderate to difficult. Here are detailed directions and contact info.
The Stanislaus National Forest offers many opportunities for OHV recreationists. Here's contact info for OHV trails within the Calaveras Ranger District, including Black Springs.
With a diversity of terrain ranging from rolling hills to steep canyons, Carnegie has become a popular destination for off-road enthusiasts of all skill levels. Detailed directions and contact info here.
Most stock sport utility vehicles can traverse the primary routes through the Modoc National Forest. The central portion of the trail lies primarily on the Devil's Garden Plateau and is fairly flat. Here are directions and contact info.
This 50,000 acre recreation area is located just a few hours South of the San Francisco Bay area. This is a good example of a multi-use area where people interested in a variety of pursuits visit each year. Detailed directions and contact info here.
This trail is located located just below Bear Valley Ski Resort/Mount Reba off hwy 4. Here's a thorough description of the trail and surrounding area, as well as detailed directions, local weather, a map, recommended equipment, and nearby accommodations.
Located in Lake and Mendocino counties, the Cow Mountain Recreation Area features lots of access roads into the area that are narrow and winding. Travel trailers and large recreational vehicles are not recommended.
Off-highway vehicle use is permitted only in the South Cow Mountain area which has about 125 miles of off-highway vehicle trails and roads. Here are detailed directions and what to expect out on the trail.
This trail from Lower Blue Lake to HWY 4 just below Hermit Valley. Here's a thorough description of the trail and surrounding area, as well as detailed directions, local weather, a map, recommended equipment, and nearby accommodations.
The trail is part of the OHV route system located the the Sierra National Forest in Central Calif. approximatly 55 miles east of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Detailed directions, map, and review.
This route offers solitude and spectacular scenery at the end of a mountainous drive. There are also routes for the more adventurous here. Detailed directions and contact info provided.
Most stock sport utility vehicles can traverse the primary routes through the Modoc National Forest. The eastern portion of the trail passes through higher elevations. Directions and contact info provided.
There are five areas which can be a challenge to climb (they're fondly known as "winch hills"). Here are detailed directions, a map, contact info, local forecast, and recommended equipment.
This OHV area is located 10 miles NE of Redding and offers an OHV staging area with loading ramp. Directions and contact info provided.
This 11.4 mile loop is an easy route for the beginner. Directions and contact info here.
This 16-mile Indian trail goes through High Rock Canyon. Here's contact info for trail directions.
With fifty miles of hiking trails, this place is also known for its excellent 4wd roads. Here are detailed directions to five of the most popular backroads for 4-wheeling in Joshua Tree National Park.
These 17,700 acres feature steep and rolling hills with the vegetation varying from scattered hardwoods and grasses to dense chaparral brush. Contact info and detailed directions provided.
The Stanislaus National Forest offers many opportunities for OHV recreationists. Here's contact info for OHV trails within the Mi-Wok Ranger District, including: Crandall/Deer Creek, Hull/Trout Creek, and Hunter Creek.
Located near Bear River Reservoir, this trail is good for stock vehicles. Almost any type of 4x4 vehicle can make it through here. Provided are a map, color photos, detailed directions, contact info, and recommended equipment.
Beginners as well as experts find the variety of terrain both challenging and enjoyable. You'll also find mud drags and a 4wd obstacle course here. Directions and contact info provided.
Known as one of America's most famous off-road playgrounds, here are some great maps of the trail areas.
The Rubicon Trail starts just past Loon Lake in the Sierra Nevada foothills and ends in South Lake Tahoe. Most of 18 miles of trail consists of large boulders and rocky terrain. Here are detailed directions, local weather, a map, and color photos. GPS coordinates: 39.002'N 120.445'W
This is a popular off-highway vehicle (OHV) area - be careful in the 140 acres designated as "open" riding areas. Here are detailed directions and contact info.
Slick Rock Road is a 3-mile trail located in the beautiful area below Lake Alpine. Here are detailed directions, a map, local weather, color photos, and recommended equipment.
This 25,000 acres of public land is managed primarily for OHV recreation. About 120 miles of roads and trails wind their way through the rolling Mayacmas Mountains for the enjoyment of 4X4 enthusiasts of all levels of experience. Detailed directions, plus contact info.
This trip report includes detailed directions and gives you an idea of what to expect out there on the trail.