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Northern California 4x4 Trails & Maps - Where To Go 4Wheeling

Off road driving trails, and maps with directions and GPS coordinates for places to go 4wheeling in the Northern California area. Check here for where to ride your 4x4 truck or 4WD SUV off road.
Barney Riley
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.
Bear River Off-Road SUV Course
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.
Black Eagle Mine Road
This 17-mile trail is rated moderate to difficult. Here are detailed directions and contact info.
Calaveras OHV Area
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.
Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area
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.
Central Modoc Back Country Trail
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.
Clear Creek Recreation Area
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.
Corral Hollow
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.
Cow Mountain
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.
Cow Mountain Recreation Area
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.
Deer Valley 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.
Dinkey Creek/Swamp Lake
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.
Dismal Swamp
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.
Eastern Modoc Back Country Trail
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.
Fordyce Creek
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.
Gene Chappie-Shasta Trail
This OHV area is located 10 miles NE of Redding and offers an OHV staging area with loading ramp. Directions and contact info provided.
Geology Tour Road
This 11.4 mile loop is an easy route for the beginner. Directions and contact info here.
Indian Trail
This 16-mile Indian trail goes through High Rock Canyon. Here's contact info for trail directions.
Joshua Tree National Park
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.
Knoxville Recreation Area
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.
Mi-Wok OHV Area
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.
Pardoe Trail
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.
Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area
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.
Rubicon Trail Maps
Known as one of America's most famous off-road playgrounds, here are some great maps of the trail areas.
Rubicon Trail
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
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
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
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.
South Cow Mountain OHV Area
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.
Usal Road
This trip report includes detailed directions and gives you an idea of what to expect out there on the trail.

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