Fordyce Creek 4x4 Trail is a 11 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Soda Springs, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.0 miles
2,536 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

off road driving




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.

off road driving
25 days ago

Rad trail, if you are new to rock crawling or don’t have a well built crawler I don’t recommend it. Most of the winch hills have bypasses but the water crossings don’t. I have been thru committee crossing where it was over 6ft deep in some spots and the only reason I made it across is because my jeep floats. I would also recommend 37” tires or bigger, Dana 44s or better with lockers and lots of armor.

off road driving
7 months ago

Extremely tough

off road driving
Monday, October 16, 2017

Excellent trail to test your abilities. Water crossings can be deep and swift

off road driving
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

not for the feint of heart or shiney rigs

off road driving
Friday, October 06, 2017

Great trail

off road driving
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Well travelled on Saturdays during the summer. Great mix of fire road and technicals. Some beautiful camping near the lake.

off road driving
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

take a well built 4x4 and care in this trail.. this trail is far more challenging than Rubicon trail.. I love this place.. some good fishing too...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Awesome trail to hike.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Better than the Rubicon and funner

1 month ago

off road driving
8 months ago

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017