Strawberry Pass OHV Route is a 11.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kyburz, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and off road driving and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 11.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,005 feet Route Type: Point to Point

nature trips

ohv / off road driving

forest

lake

views

wildlife

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Great point to pooint trail. North / South route a bit more challenging. Good elevation gain in relatively short distance. Rock obstacles and swails give trail good range for different types of driving challenges. Be sure to stop at the sumit overlooking Caples Lake, and Kirkwood Ski Resort. Strawberry Pass is a scenic trail that connects highways 50 and 88. The trail is generally run from the North, which allows you to climb up from Highway 50 over Strawberry pass (8,615 feet). The Northern half of the trail is the most difficult while the outhern half remains easy to moderate. There are only two tough obstacles on the trail. The first being a squeeze between a tree and rock and the other known as Painted Rock. The squeeze can be negotiated by a stock vehicle and a large flat stone on Pained Rock has been moved allowing access for even slightly modified vehicles.

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Nice moderate trail for 35” tires and two inch lift Rubicon. Good view from the top and I suspect you could camp with no trouble, though not sure if permitted.

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

First time I did it in a stock 2014 Wrangler Sahara unlimited in 2018, now on 3.5” Metalcloack Rocksport gamechanger 35” tires and lockers. It was easy trail with very little obstacle. You’re rewarded with beautiful scenery towards the end and you can view Caples lake and Kirkwood from the the rocks above. Taking up a new comer this weekend Labor day weekend 2019

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

It’s a nice short off road trail. It’s an easy trail with a few rocky spots rated moderate.

ohv/off road driving
private property
rocky
9 months ago

This trail is difficult (because of three particular obstacles), but beautiful. Not for stock SUVs or Subarus. I did it in an 02 Tacoma TRD 4x4 with 31” tires and a 2” lift, but that’s honestly the bare minimum I would attempt it with. We had 3 trucks out there and the two of us on 31” tires both got stuck briefly (the rig with 34” tires had zero issues). Really fun trail, mostly moderately difficult but with 2 or 3 tricky obstacles, and incredible views at the top.

10 months ago

nice trail. not hard at all for Jeep Rubicon

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rocky
10 months ago

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

This was a great shakedown run for my Jeep build. Views from the top are gorgeous and we had a few small patches of snow to roll over. As far as difficulty, my stock Silverado would not have made it. There were a few spots where the Jeep's lockers came in handy but they aren't entirely necessary. A few rocks tagged my skidplates with 37" tires and a 3.5" lift.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Nov 05 2018

Trail was fun, started from highway 88 and ended in Strawberry off of highway 50, there were a few challenging spots but 2 difficult ones. We were in a newer Tacoma with a 3inch lift and 33s. Don’t recommend for any less than that. Lots of rocky areas. Expect some scrapes and dings. Trail gets pretty narrow in some areas. Overall a fun trail, took about 3 hours to complete with a few stops along the way.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Oct 28 2018

It was fun good times

ohv/off road driving
Sun Oct 21 2018

Great to see the trail open again after nearly 6 years of closure. Thank you Gold Hills Possie for all of the work to make that happen, as well as the continued maintenance. Thr Trail is easy to traverse. Stock rigs with an experienced driver can make it without any problems. There are some hill climbs and a few small rock gardens. Beautiful views from the top at 8500' elevation. You can see Kirkwood, hwy 88, Caples Lake and the Carson Valley. Then as you continue down the trail, the area opens up and you can see volcanic rock bluffs, a variety of trees, and Caples Lake.

we went from 50 ...it was easy until it dead ended so I don't know what happened. we couldn't go farther. We turned around and took Strawberry Creek Trail with our Jeep and THAT was difficult. Too hard for us. We have it lifted with 35

ohv/off road driving
Sat Sep 29 2018

Have done about 6 times. Five on motorcycles starting when my son and daughter were around 10-12 yrs old. Twice stoped by snow near top but kept coming back! Did last yr in RZR for first time. Some mods have definitely been made at the only two tougher areas to reduce the difficulty factor by at least a full star. Great fun run and the view at top towards Kirkwood will not disappoint. Kids are in 20's now and both just revisited and enjoyed some more but both noted sadly the easyfication of it and were bummed that somebody had done that. So 4 for view and different terrain but 3 for difficulty. Motorcycles harder.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Sep 10 2018

Ran the trail on 9/8/18 from Hwy. 88 to 50. First off, it's great that this trail was able to be opened back up to use. As for the trail, it was mostly a dirty, dusty forest service road. Only one spot was "difficult" for anything is stock or mildly built. Overall, it was a good trail, but does not deserve a HARD rating, that is why the 3 stars.

ohv/off road driving
Wed Sep 05 2018

Im not sure why this trail is rated as difficult. There are only 2 areas that might give a stock vehicle some difficulty. However, if you have a little bit of a lift and 33s you should breeze through this trail.

Thu Aug 30 2018

As of today, this trail is officially open. Hope to run soon.

Sat Jun 02 2018

one of first big Jeeping experience. great trail but be wary.. if you don't have a true off roading vehicle this can be an almost impossible trek. a few boulders did have us getting stuck. overcame with a lil keeper help .... definitely for those able to manuver boulders , thin sides and come prepared in case you stuck. also saw off-road motorcycle on trail and pull to allow passing. one of our Favs on Camping spot found.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Feb 12 2018

Trail is not closed, we did it today... Was amazing, a tiny bit of snow, but trail was in good condition. Cant wait for summer... They made it easier, there is no more crap that will smash your truck :)

Tue May 16 2017

This trail is closed to the Public. My Club does the maintenance on this trail and are working with the Forest service to get it open to the public once again. They are supposed to start working on it this summer. We hope to have it open in the next year or so if all goes well. The one star rating is because the trail is closed. Once open I will give it a 4 or greater.

ohv/off road driving
Thu May 19 2016

This trail is currently closed due to a lawsuit in El Dorado National Forest. It should re-open by mid 2018. For more info please see the EDNF 42 routes info page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/home/?cid=stelprdb5362046

ohv/off road driving
Sat Sep 10 2011

I love this trail! Traveling from North to South gives us a great payoff at the end. Strawberry Pass, and views of Caples Lake, Kirkwood Ski Resort, Kit Carson Pass and so much more. In late July spring color starts to show and makes for spectacular photos. In 2009 it snowed on us in late July at Caples Lake, but for the past two years its been outstanding, Camping at the pass is great also. Watch the sun go down after a long day on the trail, and wake up early to camp coffee and the High Sierra sunrise. The trail is steep and has some great rocks. Traffic travels in both directions and can be fun when traveling through narrow and steep corridors. For us, this trail is the first leg of a three highway tour. Strawberry Pass to Deer Valley, Deer Valley to SlickRock, SlickRock to SPFR 52 (Dorrington to Beardsley). Great trip!!!

ohv/off road driving
Sat Nov 06 2010

We started from Hwy 88 at the Caples Lake maintenance station near Carson Pass and it ends at Strawberry, Hwy 50. Some parts were difficult and a come along maybe a helpful tool to have. More water crossings in the spring not anything to deep. Scenic and a fun day!

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