Explore the most popular scenic 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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

A few buddies and I did this trail on bikes and I have to say it was an amazing experience. The hike up wasnt that bad, but th he ride down was amazingly fun. The only heads up I would give you is that three trees fell down during our bike ride down the trail, and the trail was a lil washed up because of the rain.

off road driving
3 months ago

Just finished it. The only place I used any spotter was a downhill left turn at the very end of the boulder field. I’m in a 4 door JK on 37’s. With thecspotter it was cake. I could have done it with no spotter. The rest of the group was Cherokee’s on 33’S and 35’s and a 4 door JKnon 35’s. It’s a rough relentless trail but very few overly difficult spots. Great camping and the scenery was awesome.

off road driving
3 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Large boulders and required a spotter in a few places. Had to engage the front locker a couple times to make it a bit easier in a 80 series Land Cruiser with a 2 inch lift and 35" tires. The reward at the end is a nice small campground right next to Strawberry Lake. There is a pit toilet and fire ring. You will need ground clearance as my sliders and undercarriage armor scraped on a couple spots. Not a dangerous trail, but a stock vehicle will likely end up with a scar or two attempting.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great wheeling up to the lake. I wouldn’t take a stock rig past gate keeper

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

off road driving
5 months ago

great trail very technical

off road driving
5 months 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
5 months 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).

allot of big boulders

off road driving
8 months ago

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

Good hike, lots of inclination to do, got to be ready for this hike! Not for beginners hikers, good to hike in the spring time, summer will be to hot..it’s hard to figured out where to follow the trail, so I put out fine pictures to help you ..

scenic driving
10 months ago

Awesome road done a very long time ago...

off road driving
Monday, October 16, 2017

Incredible trail. Very long. Challenging. Scenic beautiful camping spots.

off road driving
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fun trail that is just challenging enough for my 98 Wrangler TJ with a 3" lift on 33's no lockers or winch. Made it to Red Lake, despise the "aggressive bear sighting" and past the Coyote Lake gate which is very rocky with minimal damage. Ended up turning around after a bit because it was time to head home. Big rock option on the way to Red Lake was fun and a good place for pictures.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wife and I drove our almost new, stock Polaris RZR into Strawberry Lake after failing to negotiate the large rock fields on the way to Coyote Lake. On the way in I could not resist spinning a donut in Sand Flat. The trail turns from banked sand to rocks shortly after Sand Flat. The rocky sections were easily negotiated without a spotter. Upon arrival Strawberry Lake was pristine and the camping areas were clean also. The trail is rated "Easy" but would have felt more comfortable driving my Jeep.. I will admit that I don't have much rock crawling experience in a RZR and I kissed a trailing arm lightly going out but otherwise no problems. Total time was about 3 hours in and out which includes an hour break for lunch and photos.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Super fun run. Make sure your rig is built enough and you are a competent driver.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

ok let me explain the rating if this was an app for driving I would rate it four or five star but this is an app for hiking and a good portion of it is a Highway then it turns into a really windy road that has a lot of blind spots and very little room to walk would not suggest hiking in this route but it is a nice drive

off road driving
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Good trail. Restrooms at Red Lake. Nice camping spots. Experienced drivers won't need lockers, at least to Red Lake,makes for a good challenge. I didn't make it to Coyote Lake. Currently have a 3.5" lift on a '17 JKU. Getting a 4" spring put on for the rest of the trail to Coyote to minimize damage.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A great way to spend a whole day. The greatest strain driving this in a stock engined Samurai is the long stretch up 168 to Cressman's. The bit between there and downtown Shaved Lake can be fun, but not if you have a group of higher powered vehicles riding your 60hp tail. Going up during snow season is achievable with a 4x4 if continuing on up to Lakeshore on Huntington Lake. The restaurant at Lakeshore is open year round.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This is a road, not a trail, and parts of it, especially Old Tollhouse Road would be very dangerous to walk. If you don't like edges, I wouldn't recommend driving down Old Tollhouse either. Certainly the views are terrific.

off road driving
Friday, August 04, 2017

The Dusy is one tough trail.. So do not go alone and be prepared for breakage.

After 2 days of intense wheeling we completed the trail but wished we had more time and could have spent 4 days or so doing it.. 2 days was pretty brutal.

have fun!

off road driving
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The trail is fairly easy. Just pretty rocky. There are some good size boulders that require you to need some ground clearance. I did the trail in my 01 Silverado z71. I have a 6" suspension 3" body lift with 37s and went solo with no spotter, but I also do have rock crawling experience.

The trail gets pretty tight. I had to make a couple 3 point turns to get around obstacles, and a few tree I had to fold in my mirrors to squeeze between. The lake itself is amazing. Nice clean, and warm water. Definitely going back

off road driving
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

About 4 miles down from Beasore Rd there's a small washout in Central Camp road. It is deeper than it is wide. Just a heads up. I dropped my front end in the and damaged my bumper. All in all still a good experience. It was night when I went through.

off road driving
Saturday, June 03, 2017

A great destination for camping with a trail that's not too crazy for a usually heavily loaded off road vehicle. If I remember correctly, I believe there's only a few challenging parts to get through. Loved taking the trip with my hubby and our dog because there's hardly ever other people there. We usually have a lake to ourselves. I'm looking forward to taking our daughter when she gets a little older.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nice run!

off road driving
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Went from South to North in my jeep JK
First 16 miles not too tough.
Very narrow, lots of areas where it was tire to tire between trees. After that it is constant rock crawling
Very tough on vehicles. Broke my sector shaft on steering box, lost part of my exhaust, stripped the lugs on my wheel spacer. Skids took a beating. I have done the Rubicon and Fordyce trail many times. This trail is a lot tougher. But a lot of fun
Bucket list material

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great trail + camping, trail is only open June-Oct though.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I believe it's only open June 15- Nov 1.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Great trail. Will be doing it again soon. Weather was not good on the first day so the trip ended at west lake, but I will do the full trail next time.

hiking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

After exiting Oakhurst, turn right on Road 222, Bass Lake Rd. Then, turn left onto Beasore Rd. About a mile before you get to Upper Chiquito Campground, you'll see a sign for Chiquito Pass Rd, (5S04)...Turn onto 5S04; and after about a mile, you'll be at the trail head.
From this point, you'll see a sign that indicates the distance to Chiquito Lakes. There were two spots where the trail kind of disappears...due to granite outcropping, but easily located. I had no problem with mosquitos, or any other flying insects. The lake was very low, but it provided a nice view.

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