Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Sierra 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.

This hike is along a road that is paved in places but mostly dirt. There are great views into the city of Big Creek. This trail can be extended but we turned around once we reached the main road Huntington. Basically a completely flat hike so it is really good for all skill levels.

fishing
10 days ago

I hiked it, don’t miss Little Doris above Swamp Lake.

Loved checking out the hot springs! Several little springs and pools to check out. Definitely coming back!

Pretty easy with SUV, few spots you need to negotiate. nice views! May be difficult for low clearance vehicles.

secluded, good swimming

off road driving
1 month ago

great trail very technical

1 month ago

Hike it or 4x4 it. Some rock scramble to the right at the top. Great view of Edison lake!

off road driving
1 month ago

On 29 July 2018, the gate at the base of Chicken Rock was closed. The ride from the trailhead gate (perhaps a mile drive ENE of the dam) to the base of Chicken Rock was a lot of fun, if only moderately challenging, and Voyager Rock Camping Area was a great place to spend the night, especially if you arrive around sunset.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took the trail to Red Lake. It was challenging in my 5th Gen 4Runner with a 3" lift. We did need to stack rocks and use our rear locker at times. Took 3 hours up, about half the time down. I have over 15 years of off roading experience (rock, sand, mud, etc).

Nice little family walk with a waterfall. Good for all skill levels

allot of big boulders

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome trail

Took my stock jeep up on her first crawl with a group of Jeeps and it was awesome! I was grateful to have my spotters there as this was my first trail and there were some areas that proved to be more challenging , but not impossible. I certainly wouldn’t go up alone in a stock jeep unless you are an experienced driver. The views from the top were absolutely amazing! Everyone there said it was about a level 5. I can’t wait to go back, but when I do I’ll have my lift and tires ready!

off road driving
2 months ago

Amazing view. It was a bit of a trek to the top. A stock Jeep probably make it. A lift would probably feel safer. When you get to the fork in the road there are 3 ways to choose from and it’s poorly marked. To the left is boxes of bees, chose the road on the right and take that all the way to the gate. Once through the gate that’s where the trail starts. So fun!

off road driving
2 months ago

Cool 4x4 trail, a bit short though.

off road driving
2 months ago

Trail is very steep and the rocks are pretty tall. I probably shouldn't have taken my truck down this trail but I did. Luckily I was able to turn around somewhere about 2 miles down the trail. Going back up was easier, but you need a lifted truck with at least 33 inch tires if you don't want to damage anything. This trail is very hard on brakes if you don't have low gearing or crawl control which I have neither. Would be a nice place to go hiking though.

off road driving
2 months ago

Trail was pretty good. The dirt roads leading up to the Iron Lakes Trail are easy to drive on probably even in passenger cars. I would only take a 4x4 on the Iron Lakes trail though. A full size pickup would probably get stuck because the trail is very narrow. I saw some stock Tacomas about 3/4 of the way down the trail, the last 1/4 of the trail is probably too steep for non-lifted trucks. I made it with a 3 inch lift and 35 inch tires on my Toyota Tacoma. If you plan on going down to the lake in the summer, be sure to bring mosquito repellant, they are everywhere!

Amazing little piece of heaven on earth. My first time here and I was in awe the whole ride up. The wildflowers are in bloom and a glorious delight. Going back with family in a few days because they have to see this! I drove up late so didn’t have a chance to enjoy the hot tubs but the drive was worth it. Looking forward to hiking to Doris Lake next visit and spending the day there.

Amazing views!

Does anyone know where to go from the trail end? There are 3 roads to take, once completely covered in bees. Thanks!

off road driving
3 months ago

It was ok good trail for beginners but fishing was ok.

off road driving
3 months ago

Wonderful trail. Took stock wrangler up. This trail is rated a 5 in difficulty in other books, which is the highest I go with stock.

I have spent many years doing trails in the Stanislaus and Sierra forest. This is a very fun trail. Gives you a little challenge along with great views ending with a nice destination point.

off road driving
3 months ago

Nice 4x4 road with tight turns.

One day got down the trail and someone tried to take a Toyota Corolla automobile on the trail. It didn’t make it :)

A nice easy walk through the trees with gorgeous views of the ridge off in the distance. 2 waterfalls with the first one being the biggest. There is a cool metal stair structure build next to it so you can climb up and look down at the waterfall. Parking was on the side of the road on the corner of the main road and Camp Sierra Road. The trailhead gate was closed to vehicles, but I walked around.

off road driving
3 months ago

Vehicle: FJ Cruiser 3 1/4 inch lift 33 inch tires rear lockers, front ATRAC. This trail was very fun ! I didnt even have to air down although the ride would have been more comfortable if I did. No clearance issues at all. I think my daily driver 1999 4Runner with a mild lift can tackle this trail. It's definitely a long drive up to the top but very well worth it. Make sure to make rest stops and enjoy the views, pick wild strawberries, just soak up nature and the outdoors. Cant wait to do another day run with some friends.

off road driving
4 months ago

Most challenging trail I’ve done, with a trailer! Be prepared for this trail and awesome views!

off road driving
5 months ago

Very easy trail with some tight spots thanks to some fallen trees. I took my stock Jeep renegade and had no problems. Some pretty waterfalls and great views.

hiking
6 months ago

I used to come here every summer with my friend’s family. It’s such a wonderful escape from the world, beginning with that epic drive! I posted a picture of the view from the road in on this trail page. If you are afraid of heights, you will be anxious! This place is absolutely magical and special. This loop hits most of the main springs. This place is a mix of natural mud bottom pools, outdoor stone tubs with natural water pipes in, and then of course if you are splurging there is the spa in the campgrounds. However, there is no getting closer to the great mother than a nighttime dip in hot water under the stars. This place also has great access points into the John Muir Wilderness. Way better than the touristy Yosemite. Best place in the sierras, hands down.

hiking
6 months ago

Really beautiful hike, great Mountain View’s. We hiked on a Saturday (st Patrick’s Day) was not a sole on a hike. Coming back is mostly uphill. Great hike for you and your dogs!

hiking
6 months ago

LOVE THIS PLACE!! Such a cool drive to get their too! Since moving to California two years ago, this area is by far my most favorite. So serene and peaceful.

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