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Fordyce Creek OHV Trail

HARD 29 reviews
#70 of 197 trails in

Fordyce Creek OHV 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 ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,536 feet Route Type: Point to Point

ohv / off road driving

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

the road gets brutal at parts.

hiking
5 months ago

Extreme off road rock crawling in incredible scenery. Minimum 35" tires with locking rear diffetential.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
7 months ago

Outstanding!

ohv/off road driving
Mon Sep 24 2018

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.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Mar 01 2018

Extremely tough

ohv/off road driving
Mon Oct 16 2017

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

ohv/off road driving
Tue Oct 10 2017

not for the feint of heart or shiney rigs

ohv/off road driving
Fri Oct 06 2017

Great trail

ohv/off road driving
Sun Aug 06 2017

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

ohv/off road driving
Tue Oct 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...

backpacking
Wed Oct 12 2016

Awesome trail to hike.

Fri Sep 30 2016

Better than the Rubicon and funner

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