Explore the most popular OHV / Off Road Driving trails in Tahoe 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.

ohv/off road driving
icy
snow
7 days ago

12/6/19 Made the trip from Hwy 20 to bowman lake. A couple miles past Bowman Lake the trail disappears due to heavy snow coverage, had to turn around at this point as it was getting late in the afternoon. In my stock 200 series Landcruiser with snow rated all terrains it was a blast, 4x4 is necessary due to snow. didn't run into any ground clearance issues.

ohv/off road driving
icy
snow
16 days ago

Fun easy trail definitely recommend bringing chains this time of year. I ran it in my stock 2015 jeep willys and it was easy enough. My dumb ass got stuck but only because I like to drift. Good time tho I’d recommend checking it out.

My 4th time to hike Signal Peak and 3rd time up the easy “summer trail”. It was the first time to descend via Fordyce Lake Road, a long but easy walk. This was the final day of 2019 high Sierra hiking before the real snow arrived. In fact, we hiked the final couple miles in light flurries and within a couple hours of our return to Sacramento via I-80 the highway was closed by heavy snow and accidents in both directions. This was my 35th 2019 peak climb. Time to break out the snowshoes.

trail was beautiful, nice views. difficulty level--> not hard, was one spot I needed to put 4L...that's it. mostly dirt road.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
26 days ago

Great trail to run in any mid to high clearance 4x4. Outbacks, MDXs, RAV4... all fine. Bumpy but very rewarding once you get to the lake. There are many campsites along the lake that are just off the shore and are BEAUTIFUL. GO CHECK THEM OUT. In addition, there are many nearby lakes that are accessible (recommend Faucherie Lake)

ohv/off road driving
closed
27 days ago

Entered the trail from the south and came to a locked gate on the north end of the trail. Super bummer after the couple hours on the trail. Had to turn back.

Fun trail. Easy enough for the stock trucks and suvs but enough land to find more advanced 4x4 trails. Will come back again!

Beautiful

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

Nice day trip trail I had been wanting to get to for a while. We took the Eagle lake side up which was relatively easy with Rubicon on 35s 4” lift and full skids. The view at the top was awesome. Then the road down to Cisco was basically just a fire road with some loose rocks that could be done by most trucks with some level of clearance.

Just went beginning part of November to the Bowman Lake Campground. Campgrounds are clearly marked by a sign, take the first right after the sign if you’re adventurous, take the second right turn off if you just wanna get to camp:) we found at least ten campgrounds, no one was there. Very clean (lets keep it that way!) good toilet, NO RUNNING WATER) we were told there was running water but none was to be found. Bring your own. Any stock SUV could make the drive if you choose your lines. 4wd not needed during dry season. VERY rocky on last 3 mile bit to the campgrounds. Again, most stock SUV can make it though. Plenty of areas to have fun with 4wd off the beaten path. Bring your ATV’s and boats and more! The campground has a boat launch!

ohv/off road driving
rocky
1 month ago

Sardine lake never disappoints. Moderately easy 4x4 trail, my 4runner makes quick work of it and used to have a 2wd ranger that I also managed to get to the top with some motivation. Just be ready for some bush pinstripes and ive got on sliders in a couple spots on the way to the upper lake. Super quick can be completed in <30 min, just be nice to the hikers lol. After this head down the highway a bit more and wheel into gold lake.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

We went 10 strong on this run. We all made it fine with helping in spotting locations for people not 100% sure of the line they want to take. Overall I would recommend having a lift, big tires and rails if you want protection. Trail is on the more challenging side but I wouldn’t say it’s hard. Definitely some spots to keep an eye on. Make sure to stay left at the first fork. This first fork marks the end of the challenging section.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Really easy trail in my 4dr Jeep Wrangler JL on 35s and 3.5” lift. We also had a stock xTERRA with us and they got through the trail without a problem. Beautiful views and lakes along the way. Lots of mud to play with on the trail from the melted snow and rain. Made it fun.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
2 months ago

Easy drive for a basic 4x4. Just have to expect scratches from brush and trees along the way. The peak was beautiful and windy. Great view of Reno in the distance. Quite bumpy, forgot my sports bra.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great causal Sunday drive no real challenge and family friendly views were great fishing was great very relaxing

went kinda late in a day, finished 6.5mi and returned back to eagles lake Rd. first water crossing was shallow.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Fun trail but definitely not moderate MOST OF THE TRAIL. It’s a very easy trail overall, with the only semi-difficult section being the optional detour up to the lookout. One of the guys in my group had a bone stock Tacoma TRD and had nothing to even think about. Meeting Tony in the lookout was a blast so I definitely recommend taking that detour! However, the side trail to the top of the lookout would probably be rated moderate and is pretty steep. The lookout staff use a full size 4x4 pick with mud terrain tires to get to the top to give you an idea of what will make it. Tony was great and taught me all about the tools and techniques lookouts use to spot and report fires. Lots of fun and I’d love to take family back sometime.

3 months ago

Just did it in my 5th gen 4Runner and the beginning was a little scary for my novice self. There are several sections where there are pretty large rocks where I’d say a stock vehicle would undergo lots of scraping of the underbody. I have a 2.5” lift, rock sliders, and skid plates and used them all. Only 32” stock sized tires though. Once you get to the top, the second half down is mostly just dirt road. Also, around where the first “note” is, where it said bear right and go up the rocky section, I went up a steep mostly dirt road and then it appeared to be a dead end. I must have gotten turned around. Apparently if you wanted to go up a challenging route, where it is steep and there are small loose rocks, there was a branch in the road around there, but I didn’t take that turn.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Trail was only moderate difficulty. Go up at the campsite before the creek not down and it’s a little more fun. Beautiful views along the way.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Off Highway Vehicles Prohibited

ohv/off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

Had fun doing this trail in my 2door wrangler with 35s and 2in lift. stock 4wd should be fine, some hills require 4wlow. rocks were small, and just in patches here and there. my 2 sons rode their dirt bikes and they felt it was just ok... too rocky to be very fun. lots of places to turn around if you dont go all the way (which we did not).

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Super fun trail. Came in from the south along the rubicon. Lily lake is amazing. If you want a fun afternoon 4x4 trip this is a great one.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Fun trail. Came in from eagle lake rd side. Little over grown. Did it in 2014 Jeep jk on 37s . No problem

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Super cool trail. Went up in a stock Jeep jk sport. A couple technical areas which were fun but is the perfect trail to hit at dusk.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Just a fire trail going out into the mountains. The trail is rated moderate but I would say it is extremely easy. The residents down the road drove a Honda Civic down so that’ll give you some reference. A little rocky in some areas but a very simple trail. As said before there are trails that branch off of this road that may test your abilities. Great for beginners who want to test their paces.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

Drove up to Blue Lake off the side of the road. Made it up with a stock Jeep jk. But am sure small AWD SUVs can make it up. Trail gets a little technical on the way up but I saw outbacks, rav4s, 2wd trucks, and a mini van at the top.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Took my dog out to this trail and did some hiking. Easy access, although you park below the lake. It shows the trail goes around the lake but there are no motorized vehicles beyond the parking lot. Easy drive up as well. Any stock high clearance suv will be fine.

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