Rock Creek Trail System Eldorado National Forest Georgetown Ranger District m. ,\ Welcome to the Eldorado National Forest. The Georgetown Ranger District’s Rock Creek OHV area offers over 110 miles of system trails and roads traversing through beautiful scenery and challenging terrain. At approximately 3,000 feet in elevation, Rock Creek includes trails of all difficulty levels open from spring through fall. During winter, selected trails may be open depending on weather. Route Number 1 Route Name Rock Creek Loop Length Difficulty (Miles) 28.5 1-1 Darling Tie 0.8 1-2 Whaler Loop 1.5 1-3 Lookout 1.4 2 Darling Ridge Loop 4.9 3 Mace Mill Loop 6.4 Unnecessary 0.6 3-1 4 Bald Mountain Loop 12.9 4-1 East Bald Mountain 1.6 4-2 West Bald Mountain 2.5 4-3 Bald Tie 0.7 4-4 Rock Creek Parallel 0.6 4-5 Brass Tie 1.0 5 Ballarat Loop 4.4 5-1 Ballarat Cutoff 1.1 5-2 Five Corners 0.7 6 6-1 Slate Mountain Loop 10.7 Whaler Ridge 1.0 Crosier Run Loop 5.3 7-1 Crosier Cutoff 2.6 8 Depth Charge 0.9 Miner’s Pit 0.8 7 8-1 à¹ ¡ ¡ ¡¹ ¡à à à à à à à ¡ ¡ à à à à¡ à à ¹ à ¡ Possible Use Type* Season All Year except for: m,\b./ m,\b m,\b./ m,\b m,\b m,\b. m,\b. m,\b./ m,\b. m,\b m,\b m,\b m,\b. m,\b./ m,\b m,\b m,\b./ m,\b m,\b. m,\b m,\b. Wet/snow conditions closure. m,\b Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Symbol Legend Open to Vehicles with m 2 wheels. Open to Hikers. , Open to Equestrian \ Use. Open to Bicycles. b Open to Vehicles less . than 50 inches in width. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Wet/snow conditions closure. Seasonal Closure Nov. 10 to May 1 for Deer Winter Range. Seasonal Closure Nov. 10 to May 1 for Deer Winter Range. Open to Four-Wheel / Drive Vehicles. Easy ¡ Moderate à Difficult ¹ *Use Type varies throughout routes, Refer to map for details. Closed for resource protection until a new route is constructed in 2005. April 2005 Rock Creek Trails Information Staging Areas Mace Mill Staging Area Directions: From Georgetown drive 6 miles east on Wentworth Springs Road. Turn right at the east entrance of the Balderston Road (which makes a loop onto the Wentworth Springs Road). Drive south for approximately one mile and turn left onto the Mace Mill Road. Proceed approximately one and a half miles to the Mace Mill Staging Area. Amenities: The staging area has one portable toilet and several information boards. On the information boards users will find a map of the trail system, trail status information, regulations and a dispenser for trail maps. Riders can camp or unload their vehicles in the clearings along side the Mace Mill. Requirements: A California campfire permit is required for campfires, barbecues and portable stoves. Bald Mountain Staging Area – Directions: From Georgetown drive 10.5 miles east on Wentworth Springs Road. Turn right onto the Rock Creek North Road (12N72 Road). Drive south for approximately one half mile and turn right onto the Bald Mountain Lookout Road (12N71). The road leading to the Bald Mountain Staging Area will be on the right almost immediately after turning onto this road. Amenities: The staging area has one several information boards. On the information boards users will find a map of the trail system, trail status information, regulations and a dispenser for trail maps. Riders can camp or unload their vehicles in the clearings along side the Bald Mountain Staging Area Road. Requirements: A California campfire permit is required for campfires, barbecues and portable stoves. Trail Tips Avoid wheel spins. Be conscious of any impacts you are making on the land. Remember to Tread Lightly! Please restrict operation of OHVs in staging areas to entering and exiting. Never ride alone. Use the buddy system. Stay on designated system trails. Cutting switchbacks and creating hill climbs causes serious erosion problems that could destroy the route and create other resource damage. Repairs cost tax dollars and citations can cost you dollars. Route conditions vary with changes in weather. Keep in Mind Other users such as hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, utilize this trail system. Please be considerate. Traffic flows in both directions on roads and trails. Watch for other vehicles! Always keep to the right, be cautious and travel at a prudent speed. Portions of this trail system border and travel through private property. Please respect the rights of private property owners by staying on designated routes at all times. Organized Events The use of National Forest lands for organized recreation events, such as enduros, poker runs, and rallies, requires a Special Use Permit. Contact the District Ranger responsible for the administration of the proposed area for details. 3 Check for Fire Restrictions. 3 Drown Your Fire With Water to Extinguish it. United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region www.fs.fed.us/r5 Eldorado National Forest www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado OHV Regulations All California State laws that apply to the operation of motor vehicles and OHVs apply to OHV use on National Forest lands. ¾ Alcohol and Drugs - State and Federal Law prohibits operating any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This applies equally to the operation of Off-Highway Vehicles, including those statutes prohibiting drinking while driving (CVC23220), and drinking in a motor vehicle (CVC23221). This affects both the driver and passenger. ¾ ATV Age Restrictions - ATV safety certificates are required for riders under 18 years old. In addition, children under 14 years of age must be supervised by a licensed parent, guardian, or authorized adult. ¾ Passenger - You cannot carry a passenger on an ATV. ¾ Red Sticker Program – The Rock Creek Recreational Trails area is designated by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) as an area when operation of red sticker OHVs will be restricted to a riding season starting on October 15 to May 31. If you have an OHV that is subject to the Red Sticker program, please check before riding. For more information, you can access the CARB website at: www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/offroad/ ofhwymc. ¾ Registration - California residents must have a current highway license plate or OHV registration (green or red sticker) for all vehicles. ¾ Children – Unlicensed juveniles operating motorcycles and ATV’s must be under the supervision of a licensed adult. ¾ Driver’s License - If your driver’s license is suspended or revoked you cannot operate any motor vehicle on public roads, trails, or lands. ¾ Helmet - You must have a Department of Transportation approved safety helmet if you are operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or street legal motorcycle. OHV Sound Regulation and Enforcement On January 1, 2003, California’s OHV vehicle noise regulations changed. If your OHV was manufactured: Your Sound Limit Is: ¾ Before January 1, 1986 ¾ On or After January 1, 1986 101 dbA 96 dbA The 101 dbA or 96 dbA legal limit on sound produced by an OHV is enforced in all areas of the Eldorado National Forest. It is the OHV enthusiasts responsibility to know the rules and regulations and to abide by the laws enforced in this area. ¾ Out-of-State Visitor - If you are visiting California, you must meet California state registration requirements. The California Department of Motor Vehicles issues a temporary OHV registration to out of state visitors. Greensticker (Red) Placement Law As of January 1, 1996 California DMV no longer issues a renewal sticker. A new OHV “license plate” is issued upon each renewal. The OHV license plate must be affixed in a specific location on an Off-Highway Vehicle. Motorcycle: On the left fork leg, either horizontal or vertical, visible from the left. All Terrain Vehicle (ATV): On the left rear quadrant of frame, visible from rear. Sand Rail, Rail-type Buggies: On the left quadrant of metal frame, visible to the rear. For better adhesion, clean surface thoroughly. Remove any old license plates. ¾ Resource Damage - OHVs must not be operated in a manner creating damage or disturbance to soil, water, vegetation, or wildlife resources. Excessive OHV related damage to forest resources might lead to temporary or permanent closures. ¾ Safe Operation - For your safety and others, OHVs must never be operated in a manner likely to endanger any person or property. Driving at excessive speed, careless and reckless driving is prohibited, and dangerous. ¾ Spark Arrester - Your vehicle must have an approved spark arrestor or muffler in good working condition. Eldorado National Forest website: www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado MAP LEGEND For More Information For Current Fire, Recreation, or Vehicle Restrictions and 24hour information on trail conditions and closures contact: Georgetown Ranger District (530) 333-4312, TTY: (530) 647-5407 7600 Wentworth Springs Rd. Georgetown, CA 95634 Forest Web Site: www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado Emergency Phone Number: 911 or 530-647-4911 (from a cell phone). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’S TARGET center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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