Fordyce Creek 4x4 Trail

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Fordyce Creek 4x4 Trail is a 10.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Soda Springs, California. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.8 miles
2752 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.

29 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

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

off road driving
10 months ago

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...

11 months ago

Awesome trail to hike.

11 months ago

Better than the Rubicon and funner