Explore the most popular off road driving trails in El Dorado National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
13 days ago

Not to bad was easy for my sequoia to get through. lots of other trails around area to explore.

off road driving
13 days ago

Just a dirt road that's poorly marked.

off road driving
3 months ago

Trail is not closed, we did it today... Was amazing, a tiny bit of snow, but trail was in good condition. Cant wait for summer... They made it easier, there is no more crap that will smash your truck :)

Is this trail open in winter?

horseback riding
6 months ago

Question: is this trail horse friendly?

Challenging trail that never disappoints

off road driving
7 months ago

The trail is officially open with trail repairs made at the stream crossings. Such hard work went into this, please stay on the trail and keep the trail open.

We made it through the trail in about 3 or so hours. This trail is not for those with little to no experience and no armor or locking differential. There are a lot of tight spots and to make matters worse, a large rock right in the middle. Busted side mirror on the large tree with the off camber lean.

It was great to run this trail, it had been about 15 years since the last time I ran it.

off road driving
8 months ago

Excellent trail. Fantastic scenery and lakes you can actually swim in!
Definitely will run it again!

off road driving
8 months ago

The trail is back open to off road vehicles!

We completed it on 9/9/2017
This is not a trail for the casual wheel, I would not attempt it with out at least one locker and rock sliders.

But if you have the right rig, I would highly recommend this tail. We completed it in about 5 hours but where going pretty slow with lots of stops along the way.

off road driving
9 months ago

I drove this trail with a stock 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4X4 (non-Z71) V6 and it was easy and fun and had no problems. The view is amazing too. I also drove other trails nearby in Darlington California which were also pretty simple with some trails being more bumpy in tougher. This was my first offroad adventure and wont be my last. I will eventually lift this truck to go through the tougher routes. If you are new to offroading or want a simple offroading experience then this a great trail.

off road driving
9 months ago

Does any know if this is opened? Can really find any information on it.

Bad ass!!! I love my back yard!!

Great trail. fairly easy. great first time trail.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Fun trail, great views. Camping at trails end, on the water is unforgettable.

off road driving
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Nice trail to take a cruise on if near by. Stock 4x4 will have no problem.

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Incredible scenery! Decent hike that leads to a stunning lake and beyond.

off road driving
Thursday, May 19, 2016

This trail is currently closed due to a lawsuit in El Dorado National Forest. The trail should re-open by late 2016. For more info please see the EDNF 42 Routes info page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/home/?cid=stelprdb5362046

off road driving
Thursday, May 19, 2016

This trail is currently closed due to a lawsuit in El Dorado National Forest. It should re-open by mid 2018. For more info please see the EDNF 42 routes info page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/home/?cid=stelprdb5362046

off road driving
Saturday, September 19, 2015

great trail, wish I would have had mor time to go on more trails in that area

off road driving
Friday, May 29, 2015

2 days of non-stop Rock crawling. It was awesome.

off road driving
Friday, October 18, 2013

my husband and I did this trail in our Mercedes Unimog. Amazing trail, amazing views!

off road driving
Monday, September 30, 2013

Did this trail in the summer of 2010, wow what an adventure in our puny SxS's (Rhino's and RZR's)
One of my best trips ever!

off road driving
Friday, September 20, 2013

Just one of the best 4x4 trail out there ..
The trail is filled with the great people :)

off road driving
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Nice trail if you are in the area. If you go late spring or early summer start at the top, as you may get blocked by snow, even if it looks clear from the bottom! Be prepared to move or go over fallen trees, as clean-up of this trail is not anyone's #1 priority. There are a few good views of the Crystal range, but mostly you see trees and dust. Any high clearance vehicle would be fine, 4WD would be nice on a few spots, but not required.
This would be a great trail for a first time 4WD trip for anyone looking to get into 4 wheeling, just go mid to late summer, so the path will be clear.

off road driving
Monday, July 23, 2012

Very fun trail. Clover valley is one of the most beautiful peaceful valleys i have ever seen. The creek is clear and cool and a great place for a dip to wash all the dust off. Great remote camping spots along the creek. Never crowded

hiking
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Truly an epic adventure for Jeep owners..this trail has everything!

hiking
Saturday, December 24, 2011

Although this is primarily an extreme 4x4 trial, I decided to hike it knowing that the views were going to be fantastic, I wasn't disappointed. The trial starts at Dark Lake. Take the Wrights Lake Rd turn-off from Hwy 50 and follow it for 8 miles to Wrights Lake. Follow the road to the left towards Dark Lake & park at the Rockbound Trailhead Parking Lot. If you are going to hike the trail I recommend you start from here & follow the Rockbound Trail to Beauty Lake & then to the Barrett Lake Jeep Trail. The start of the jeep trail is extremely dusty & rough & this route is much more aesthetically pleasing. Travel on the jeep trail is not easy in some places & it all smells of oil & floury dust (light gators recommended) but the views are awesome all the way. You might even get to see some jeepers munch up their rigs :). It is about 4.5 miles to the lake. My hike was longer than the 9 mile out & back because I hiked into the Desolation Wilderness to visit the plane crash site (N 38 55.201, W 120 14.185), about a mile past Barrett Lake, and then took a side trip to Peral Lake on the way back hoping to grab a Geocache but I ran out of time. I got it the next year tho. Remember to bring plenty of water (I had 4L & sucked it all dry) & some food. Tell someone where you are going & when you will return & carry a SPOT if you have one. This is not an easy hike & there is no cell coverage. There are bears & lions when there is no snow so stay alert. Have fun & take lots of pics.

off road driving
Saturday, September 10, 2011

I love this trail! Traveling from North to South gives us a great payoff at the end. Strawberry Pass, and views of Caples Lake, Kirkwood Ski Resort, Kit Carson Pass and so much more. In late July spring color starts to show and makes for spectacular photos. In 2009 it snowed on us in late July at Caples Lake, but for the past two years its been outstanding, Camping at the pass is great also. Watch the sun go down after a long day on the trail, and wake up early to camp coffee and the High Sierra sunrise.
The trail is steep and has some great rocks. Traffic travels in both directions and can be fun when traveling through narrow and steep corridors. For us, this trail is the first leg of a three highway tour. Strawberry Pass to Deer Valley, Deer Valley to SlickRock, SlickRock to SPFR 52 (Dorrington to Beardsley). Great trip!!!

off road driving
Saturday, November 06, 2010

We started from Hwy 88 at the Caples Lake maintenance station near Carson Pass and it ends at Strawberry, Hwy 50. Some parts were difficult and a come along maybe a helpful tool to have. More water crossings in the spring not anything to deep. Scenic and a fun day!

hiking
1 month ago

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