Niagara Rim OHV Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, bird watching, and ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 898 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


bird watching

ohv / off road driving



wild flowers


Note: This route is generally open between May and December but is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Great trail! Mostly moderate wheeling, with some hard sections along the way.

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Great spot, but this route is not correct. The maps/layers available here on AllTrails don't show the actual Niagara Rim OHV trail route, but the route itself is pretty well marked by dark brown wooden signs that say "Rim Trail". It's 9 miles point to point, and it starts further down 5N01, at 38.296149, -119.850737 (the trail is marked on Google Maps as Niagara Rim 4WD trail). Trail is rated as moderate because all of the real hard stuff is optional. At the fork before Sidewall Suicide go left to bypass, or right to try your luck. Lion's Butt is a fun granite playground with hard lines if you want them. We didn't even venture into The Rock Pile, as I only have 31" rubber and a 2" lift, but that's there if you really want to spend some money on extraction/repairs lol. Check out 4x4trailmaps dot com for route info (I'm not affiliated w them in any way)

ohv/off road driving
Tue May 29 2018

Lots of fun on the trail, Beautiful scenery!

Sun Oct 09 2016

Great trail! Mostly moderate wheeling, with some hard sections along the way. Easy to get to from the Bay Area for a quick overnight trip.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Sep 10 2011

Outstanding rocks!!!! Easy to get to... My biggest problem is that because it has great rocks and it is easy to get to, means that everyone goes there. I love the place but will not go when its packed like it has been. Weekdays are the best if you want to avoid the crowds. But if you're looking for a party, you'll probably find one from Friday to Sunday so long as the snow is gone, the drinks are cold, and gas prices don't go over five bucks. And PLEASE while you're there don't forget to pick up after yourself and try to leave the place better than you found it. Thanks...

9 months ago