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For groomers wanting to post information on this page please contact Carl Cappelen at cappelen02


 

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RECENT NOTES:  Recent Search and Rescue (SAR) operations based at Little Truckee Summit have concluded.  The trailhead parking at LTS is now clear of SAR personnel and equipment.  Use CAUTION and keep an eye out for SAR equipment impacts to the main groomed route, and other areas throughout the OSV groomed trail system.  Current registration is required for ALL Over Snow Vehicles.  Please avoid riding on any exposed asphalt sections of the Jackson Meadows 07 road - main route.  Limited grooming during the warmer days of spring.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #16

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles)

Apr 15

Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit, avoid exposed asphalt sections

Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles)

Apr 10

Culverts placed at washout near JM Pass Creek campground entrance

Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles)

Mar 22

Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles)

n/a

Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles)

Apr 14

Burned snowmobile near Perazzo Meadows, not blocking route

Yuba-Webber 12rd (main to 54rd, 9 miles)

Apr 14

Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m)

Mar 3

Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles)

Jan 4

Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles)

n/a

Williams Creek 54rd (12rd to Bassetts, 11m)

Mar 3

Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles)

Apr 12

Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles)

Apr 15

Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles)

n/a

CAUTION: washout at French Creek crossing

Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles)

Apr 11

Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             

Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles)

Apr 11

                                                          

Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles)

Jan 30

Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles)

Mar 7

Boat ramp/day use roads also groomed

Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles)

Mar 8

Church Meadows Loop

Mar 10

Use CAUTION, down telephone lines

Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles)

n/a

Mills Peak Trail (3 miles)

Mar 10

Groomed half way, down trees/limbs, washouts

Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF)

n/a

 

Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail

n/a

Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us

317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
USDA LogoForest Service TwitterUSDA Facebook

Caring for the land and serving people

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RECENT NOTES:  The forecast calls for snow accumulations through Saturday at the higher elevations, with snow levels dropping (it is currently raining in Sierraville).  Use CAUTION and watch for down trees/limbs and washouts/running water in the marked/groomed routes, especially as snows melt and recede during spring conditions.  Up-to-Date OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.  Please: PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #14

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles)

Apr 7

Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit

Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles)

Mar 30

Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles)

Mar 22

Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles)

n/a

Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles)

Apr 7

Burned snowmobile near Perazzo Meadows, not blocking route

Yuba-Webber 12rd (main to 54rd, 9 miles)

Apr 7

Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m)

Mar 3

Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles)

Jan 4

Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles)

n/a

Williams Creek 54rd (12rd to Bassetts, 11m)

Mar 3

Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles)

Mar 23

Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles)

Apr 6

Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles)

n/a

Washout at French Creek crossing

Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles)

Mar 31

Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             

Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles)

Mar 31

                                                          

Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles)

Jan 30

Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles)

Mar 7

Boat ramp/day use roads also groomed

Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles)

Mar 8

Church Meadows Loop

Mar 10

Use CAUTION, down telephone lines

Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles)

n/a

Mills Peak Trail (3 miles)

Mar 10

Groomed half way, down trees/limbs, washouts

Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF)

n/a

 

Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail

n/a

Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us

317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
USDA LogoForest Service TwitterUSDA Facebook

Caring for the land and serving people

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RECENT NOTES:  More snow forecast higher up through Saturday and into start of next week (currently raining in Sierraville).  Use CAUTION and watch for running water, washouts, landslides, down trees, and down limbs everywhere!  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

Approximate snow depths:             Little Truckee Summit OHV Staging Area 2-3 feet

                                                            Prosser Hill OHV Staging Area 1-2 feet

                                                            Yuba Pass SnoPark 6-8 feet

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #13

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles)

Mar 24

Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit

Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles)

Mar 22

Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles)

Mar 22

Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles)

n/a

Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles)

Mar 23

Yuba-Webber 12rd (main to 54rd, 9 miles)

Mar 24

Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m)

Mar 3

Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles)

Jan 4

Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles)

n/a

Williams Creek 54rd (12rd to Bassetts, 11m)

Mar 3

Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles)

Mar 23

Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles)

Mar 10

Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles)

n/a

Washout at French Creek crossing

Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles)

Mar 21

Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             

Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles)

Mar 21

                                                          

Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles)

Jan 30

Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles)

Mar 7

Boat ramp/day use roads also groomed

Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles)

Mar 8

Church Meadows Loop

Mar 10

Use CAUTION, down telephone lines

Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles)

n/a

Mills Peak Trail (3 miles)

Mar 10

Groomed half way, down trees/limbs, washouts

Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF)

n/a

 

Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail

n/a

Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us

317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
USDA LogoForest Service TwitterUSDA Facebook

Caring for the land and serving people

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RECENT NOTES:  Use CAUTION and watch for running water, washouts, landslides, down trees, and down limbs everywhere, especially with the recent warmer weather and melting snows exposing past storm damage.  Weather forecast is calling for rain/snow most of next week.  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #12

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles)

Mar 15,16

Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit

Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles)

Mar 15,16

Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles)

Mar 15,16

Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles)

n/a

Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles)

Mar 9

Watch for washouts and down trees/limbs!

Yuba-Webber 12rd (main to 54rd, 9 miles)

Mar 18

Partial grooming, groomer broke down in middle of trail, use CAUTION

Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m)

Mar 3

Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles)

Jan 4

Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles)

n/a

Williams Creek 54rd (12rd to Bassetts, 11m)

Mar 3

Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles)

Mar 15,16

Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles)

Mar 10

Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles)

n/a

Washout at French Creek crossing

Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles)

Mar 14,15

Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             

Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles)

Mar 14,15

                                                           

Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles)

Jan 30

Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles)

Mar 7

Boat ramp/day use roads also groomed

Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles)

Mar 8

Church Meadows Loop

Mar 10

Use CAUTION, down telephone lines

Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles)

n/a

Mills Peak Trail (3 miles)

Mar 10

Groomed half way, down trees/limbs, washouts

Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF)

n/a

 

Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail

n/a

Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us

317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
USDA LogoForest Service TwitterUSDA Facebook

Caring for the land and serving people

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RECENT NOTES:  Use CAUTION and watch for running water, washouts, landslides, down trees, and down limbs everywhere! 

Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #11

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Mar 10 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Mar 1
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Mar 9 Watch for washouts and down trees/limbs!
Yuba-Webber 12rd (main to 54rd, 9 miles) Mar 9
Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) Mar 3
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Creek 54rd (12rd to Bassetts, 11m) Mar 3
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Feb 16
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Mar 10
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a Washout at French Creek crossing
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Mar 8 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Mar 8                                                           
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) Jan 30
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Mar 7 Boat ramp/day use roads also groomed
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Mar 8
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
USDA LogoForest Service TwitterUSDA Facebook
Caring for the land and serving people

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RECENT NOTES:  Use CAUTION and watch for running water, washouts, landslides, down trees, and down limbs everywhere!  More snow in the forecast for this weekend.  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #10

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Mar 1 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Mar 1
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Feb 22 Watch for washouts and down trees/limbs!
Yuba-Webber 12rd (07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Feb 22 Plan to groom before March 4th weekend
Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a Plan to groom before March 4th weekend
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) Feb 25 Groomed 8 miles from Bassetts Station, plan to groom all before March 4th weekend
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Feb 16
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Feb 21
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a Washout at French Creek crossing
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Mar 3 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Mar 3                                                           
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) Jan 30
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Feb 28
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Feb 23
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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RECENT NOTES:  Use CAUTION and watch for running water, washouts, landslides, down trees, and down limbs everywhere!  Yuba Pass Snopark and Little Truckee Summit OSV trailhead parking areas have been rotary plowed and cleared of snow.  The Gold Lakes Highway (partially groomed) approximately 5 miles from Bassetts has down power lines creating an obvious hazard, stay clear!  A bit more snow is in the forecast for this Feb 25/26 weekend.  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #9

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Feb 23 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Feb 20
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Feb 22 Watch for washouts and down trees/limbs!
Yuba-Webber 12rd (07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Feb 22 Groomed to the Bonta Saddle
Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a Large down tree blocking 12 road entrance at South end of parking area.
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a No grooming, down trees
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Feb 16
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Feb 21
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Feb 20 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Feb 20                                                           
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) Jan 30 Most of the route groomed, one short/steep section track-packed
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Feb 23 Single-lane around mudslide, groomed 5 miles up from Bassetts (down power lines!)
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Feb 23
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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RECENT NOTES:  Use CAUTION and watch for running water, washouts, landslides, down trees, and down limbs everywhere!  The snow is falling at all East Side OSV trailheads, with more snow in the forecast through the holiday weekend into next week.  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #8

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Feb 17 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Feb 17
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Feb 3
Yuba-Webber 12rd (07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Feb 16  
Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Feb 16
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Jan 31
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Jan 30 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Jan 30                                                           
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) Jan 30  
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Jan 29  
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Jan 5
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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RECENT NOTES:  The past set of wet storms and associated flooding has damaged a few areas, and further obstacles will appear.  Use CAUTION and watch for running water, washouts, landslides, down trees, and down limbs everywhere!  State Highway 49 is currently closed east of Yuba Pass, there is NO access to the Yuba Pass SnoPark/trailhead from the Sierra Valley.  The Gold Lakes Highway just west of the Bassett’s trailhead is blocked by a landslide, no grooming.  Remember- Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #7

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Feb 11 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Jan 31
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Feb 3
Yuba-Webber 12rd (07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Feb 3  
Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Jan 23
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Jan 31
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Jan 30 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Jan 30                                                           
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) Jan 30 Most of the route groomed, one short/steep section track-packed
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Jan 29 Gold Lake Highway blocked by landslide just west of Bassetts
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Jan 5
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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RECENT NOTES:  Rain/snow mix this Saturday, February 4th morning at Prosser Hill and Little Truckee Summit OSV trailheads, mostly snowing at Yuba Pass SnoPark.  The west-side snow tractor (operated by volunteers out of Bassett’s) is back in operation.  Watch for down trees and limbs everywhere!  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side & Lakes Basin Grooming Update #6

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Feb 3 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Jan 31
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Feb 3
Yuba-Webber 12rd (07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Feb 3  
Yuba-Webber 12rd  (54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Jan 23
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Jan 31
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Jan 30 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Jan 30                                                            
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) Jan 30 Most of the route groomed, one short/steep section track-packed
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Jan 29 Gold Lake Highway, boat ramp road, & day use groomed
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Jan 5
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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RECENT NOTES:  All 3 main trailhead parking areas have been rotary plowed and cleared of snow:

Prosser Hill OHV Staging Area approximately 2+ feet of snow

Little Truckee Summit OHV Staging Area approximately 3+ feet of snow

Yuba Pass SnoPark approximately 6-8 feet of snow

Watch for down trees and limbs everywhere.  Use caution in the Sagehen and Prosser Creek areas, watch for snow tractors and possible power line repair operations.  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

West-side grooming operations (Highway 49 near Bassetts) awaiting snow tractor repairs.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #5

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Jan 26 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Jan 24
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Jan 24
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Jan 26  
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Jan 23
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Jan 9
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Jan 25 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Jan 25                                                           
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) n/a
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Jan 21
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Jan 5
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
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RECENT NOTES:  Good snow everywhere on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Prosser OHV Staging Area approximately 1-2 ft., Little Truckee Summit approximately 3 ft., and Yuba Pass SnoPark approximately 5-7 ft.  More snow is in the forecast through the weekend.  All trailhead parking will be difficult/limited if the parking area has not been recently plowed/cleared, the highway system is the priority.  Use caution in open areas and meadows where there could still be water underneath the snow layers, and watch for running water crossing the groomed trail system.  Use caution and watch for down trees/branches everywhere.  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #4

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Jan 20 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Jan 20
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Jan 18
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Jan 18  
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Jan 9
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Jan 9
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Jan 20 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Jan 20                                                           
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) n/a
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Jan 5 Includes Gold Lake boat ramp & day use
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Jan 5
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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RECENT NOTES:  Plenty of rain & snow fell throughout the Tahoe National Forest over the last 4-6 days.  Use caution in open areas and meadows where there could be water underneath the snow layers.  Big snow depths throughout the East Side of the TNF.  Watch for down trees/branches everywhere.  All roads on the East Side of the TNF are currently CLOSED to wheeled vehicle traffic per the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) seasonal road use designations.  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #3

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Jan 11 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Jan 9
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) Jan 12
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Jan 10  
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) Jan 9
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) Jan 9
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Jan 13 Groomed to the Prosser OHV staging area             
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) Jan 13                                                            
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) n/a
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) Jan 5 Includes Gold Lake boat ramp & day use
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) Jan 5
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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RECENT NOTES:  Approximately 3+ feet of snow at Yuba Pass SnoPark, and 1-2 feet of snow at Little Truckee Summit.  Unfortunately the current weather forecast is showing rain for this weekend and a higher elevation snow level.  All roads on the East Side of the TNF are currently CLOSED to wheeled vehicle traffic per the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) seasonal road use designations.  Current OHV registration is required for all Over Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) operating on National Forest lands.

AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

GROOMING: Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Volunteer grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE LANDS: The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

MOTOR VEHICLE CLOSURE AREAS: While riding OSV’s, be aware of the winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass SnoPark and Little Truckee Summit (toilet facilities) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURNING: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter recreation program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #2

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) Jan 6 Trailhead at Little Truckee Summit
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) Jan 3
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a

Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main,

7 miles)

Jan 4
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) Jan 6  
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) Jan 4
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) n/a
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) n/a
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) Jan 6 Groomed to the north side Prosser Creek, limited snow on Prosser Creek bridge             

Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd,

7 miles)

Jan 6                                                            
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) n/a
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) n/a
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) n/a
Church Meadows Loop n/a
Howard Meadows Loop (6 miles) n/a
Mills Peak Trail (3 miles) n/a
Gold Lake SKIER ONLY trail (Plumas NF) n/a  
Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY trail n/a

 
Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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 The current storm system has left enough snow to begin grooming operations, and more snow is in the forecast.  Snow trail grooming on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest will commence before this coming weekend.  As of today (Tuesday, January 3rd) the trailhead at Little Truckee Summit has approximately 10-12 inches of snow, and the trailhead at Yuba Pass SnoPark has over 2 feet of snow.  All roads on the East Side of the TNF are CLOSED to wheeled vehicle traffic per the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) seasonal road use designations.  All Over-Snow Vehicles (OSV’s) need proper OHV registration while operating on National Forest lands and the groomed snow trail system.

The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC).  The daily avalanche advisory covers the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County).  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.

Snowmobile trail grooming is funded by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) division winter program.  Grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats and Sierra County.  Grooming work on the West Side is provided by the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters Snowmobile Club.  Thanks to all! 

The Tahoe National Forest contains public and private lands.  While winter recreating and riding snowmobiles on the Tahoe National Forest, please respect private property rights and private landowners.

Please be aware of the Winter Motor Vehicle Closure Areas on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest: Granite Chief Wilderness, Pole Creek (includes the Deep Creek drainage), Truckee River, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit (includes Castle Valley and Round Valley), Sagehen, Kyburz, Independence, Babbitt, and North Yuba.  The winter motor vehicle closure areas are shown on the 2014 Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which is free to the public and available at all Tahoe National Forest Ranger Stations.  Map boxes at Yuba Pass and Little Truckee Summit (toilet buildings) also stock the OSVUM.  Motor Vehicle Closure Areas are “a geographic area, including the trails and roads within it, which are CLOSED to motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, snowcats, ATV’s, motorcycles, tractors, snow motorcycles, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  These motor vehicle closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.

PRESCRIBED BURN NOTE: Throughout the 2017 winter season, prescribed burning will occur on Forest Service lands to the North of Independence Lake (“Meathouse” and “Anderson” meadows); near the Old Henness Pass road east of the Mt. Lola trailhead; and in the Rice Canyon area.  Please use caution and give wide clearance to any wood debris that are on fire/smoking/involved in ignition.  Please use caution and watch for Forest Service fire personnel in these areas. 

Any questions or concerns regarding the East Side Tahoe National Forest winter program can be directed to Jeff Wiley (TNF East Zone OHV Program Manager) at (530) 994-3401 x6667, or via email jwiley@fs.fed.us.

2017 TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

East Side/Lakes Basin Grooming Update #1

Marked Snowmobile Route

(orange diamonds)

Date of last

grooming

Cautions and Comments

Main (07rd, LTS to Webber Lake, 8 miles) n/a Jackson Meadows 07 road closed, OSV trailhead at Little Truckee Summit.
Main (07rd, Webber to Jackson, 9 miles) n/a
Pass Creek Loop (70rd, 7 miles) n/a
Bald Ridge Loop (88rd, 14 miles) n/a
Henness Pass (301rd, parallels main, 7 miles) n/a
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 07rd to 54rd, 9 miles) n/a  
Yuba-Webber (12rd; 54rd to Yuba Pass, 8m) n/a
Ridge Loop (12-45rd, 5 miles) n/a
Rim Loop (12-28rd, 3 miles) n/a
Williams Ck. (54rd; 12rd to Bassetts, 11m) n/a
Treasure Mtn. Loop (05rd & 15rd, 17 miles) n/a
Meadow Lake Loop East (86rd, 12 miles) n/a
Meadow Lake Loop West (843rd, 12 miles) n/a
Prosser Tie (07-10rd, 12 miles) n/a              
Independence Loop (351rd & 260rd, 7 miles) n/a                                                            
Haskell Peak Trail (09rd, 14 miles) n/a
Gold Lake Highway (620rd, 14 miles) n/a
Packer Lake (621rd, 2.5 miles) n/a
Church Meadows Loop n/a

Jeff Wiley
East Zone OHV Program Manager

 

Forest Service

Tahoe National Forest, Truckee/Sierraville Ranger Districts

p: 530-994-3401 x6667
c: 530-306-0334
jwiley@fs.fed.us
317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
www.fs.fed.us
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