[media-credit name=”bigstockphoto” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit] The cooler weather has set in; snow is coming and riders are looking for dirt. California welcomes dirt bikers, snowmobilers, dune buggies, ATVs and 4 wheel drives in selected areas across the state. (Look for our special feature on snowmobiling in our next edition.) Meanwhile, gather your gear! You’ll find 130+ terrain parks in California at OHV.parks.ca.gov. A printed map is available at the offices listed below.
• Redding Field Office – 530-224-2100:
CHAPPIE-SHASTA OHV AREA –dirt bikes, 4WDs, ATVs and dune buggies. 10 miles northwest of Redding, 200 miles of roads and trails span approximately 52,000 acres. Elevation ranges from 600 to 5,000 feet with a wide variety of terrain. The southeast portions offer rocky and challenging terrains. The northwest portions offer views of Mt. Shasta, Lake Shasta and the Trinity Alps.
• Eagle Lake Field Office – 530-257-0456:
FORT SAGE OHV AREA – Managed by the US Bureau of Land Management – ATVs, dirt bikes, 4WDs, ATVs and dune buggies. About 45 miles north of Reno you will find approximately 22,000 acres in this high desert region. Terrain includes flat, sandy, high desert sagebrush country and rocky, steep canyons and gulches.
MORE LOCAL RIDING SPOTS
• Mt. Hough Ranger District: – 530-283-5555:
DEADMAN SPRINS / SNAKE LAKE – Dirt Bikes, 4 WDs, ATVs and snowmobiles Located near Quincy and Greenville
BIG CREEK / FOUR TREES / FRENCH CREEK – dirt bikes, ATVs, 4WDs and snowmobiles
• Feather River Ranger District – 530-534-6500:
CLEGHORN BAR / POKER FLAT –
• Downieville Ranger District – 530-288-3231
Downieville Area welcomes dirt bikes, 4WDs, ATVs, and snowmobiles
• Feather River Ranger District:
Cleghorn Bar / Poker Flat – Dirt bikes, 4WDs, ATVs and snowmobiles
• Beckworth Ranger District – 530-836-2575:
Gold Lake – dirt bikes 4WDs, ATVs and snowmobiles
Dixie Mountain – dirt bikes 4WDs, ATVs and snowmobiles
• Sierraville Ranger District – 4WDs, dune buggies, snowmobiles
Sierraville area – 4WDs, sand dune buggies and Snowmobiles
• Army Corp of Engineers – 530-865-4781:
Black Butte Lake – Orland Area – dirt bikes and ATVs
Source: OHV.parks.ca.gov, Blue Ribbon Coalition Inc.: all-offroad.com/dirtBikes/Where2Go/