Best off road driving trails in Tahoe National Forest, California

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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.
Map of off road driving trails in Tahoe National Forest, California
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Monday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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Top trails (16)
#1 - Sardine Lakes
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 53 m
#2 - Signal Peak OHV Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 12 m
Short, difficult trip to 7,841-ft. mountain peak. This short trip sees minimal traffic. Great views once you get above the trees. Short walk to abandoned, historic lookout station once used to spot fires along railroad that can be seen below. Difficult. Narrow, steep road with tight brush and a very tippy rock challenge. Subject to washouts. Not for stock SUVs. Show more
#3 - Mount Watson Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 25.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Please note, the trail closes periodically to OHVs due to snow. This route is a mix of gravel, pavement, and asphalt in pretty equal portions and has beautiful views from the top.Show more
#4 - Bowman Road and Meadow Lake Road to Henness Pass
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 35.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Bowman Road is closed annually during winter due to hazardous conditions. Please see the park website for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=55462 The route shown on this page is meant for off-road driving. However, there are several hikes along Bowman Rd and Meadow Lake Rd. This road can be rocky and muddy depending on weather conditions, so 4 wheel drive is recommended. This route can be accessed from the south by Highway 20, but visitors can also access it from the north via Henness Rd.Show more
#5 - Saddleback Mountain Lookout OHV Route
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 29.2 mi
#6 - Blackwood Canyon OHV Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 20.7 mi
This trail is primarily a OHV trail, but users may also hike it. Fun SUV trip to beautiful high views of Lake Tahoe. Explores a beautiful, high area west of Lake Tahoe and is near the east end of the famous Rubicon Trail. Many lakes and viewpoints. Trail may not open until early July due to deer migration. Moderate difficulty. Narrow, steep and rough in a few places but suitable for high clearance SUVs. Some tight brush. Be careful when wet.Show more
#7 - Fordyce Creek OHV Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 11.0 mi
A premier hard-core trail. First-time users should consider driving this trail during the annual Sierra Trek event sponsored by the California Association of 4WD Clubs in early August. At that time, CA4WDC arranges with Pacific Gas & Electric to restrict water flow in Fordyce Creek to passable levels. Expert spotters and winches are provided at five critical points and no vehicle is ever left behind. Other than during this special period, water levels can drastically rise without warning, leaving vehicles stranded between stream crossings. Your best chance of a low flow rate, other than during the Sierra Trek, is in late September until the first snow fall. Difficult. Tight maneuvering over miles of large, steep and awkwardly positioned boulders. Deep water crossings at low water flows; impassable during high water flows. Mechanical or body damage a frequent occurrence for all but the most aggressive modified vehicles. Rollovers are not uncommon. Minimum 33-inch tire size and one locker almost a necessity. Two lockers with very low gears recommended. Travel in a group with at least one winch-equipped vehicle. Show more
#8 - Independence Lake Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 11.3 mi
#9 - Crystal Peak OHV Trail
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 14.5 mi
#10 - Barker Pass OHV Road
Tahoe National Forest
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Length: 23.2 mi
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