Creek trails open April 15th and close
December 15, while Portal Camp
opens June 1st and White Bark opens
August 1st. With so many trails and
intersections, GPS is a huge advantage,
and you’ll at least want a detailed USFS
map and compass. It doesn’t get much
more remote, and cell service is spotty
Dinky East has many trails on 20
Travel Management Areas, but many
require street licensing to connect them
into loops. Bald Mountain and Bow
Tie are two larger systems, and all trail
systems also have open-riding areas,
like Dinky’s Chicken Rock, Voyager
Horse Camp and Voyager Overflow,
along the Courtright Reservoir shore.
Each Travel Management Area within
Dinky East opens anywhere from March
1st to August 1st, so check the map or
District Ranger’s office.
And last, the southernmost area is
Kings with Bear Camp (April 15 through
December 15th), Spanish Lake (July 1
through November 1st) and Black Rock
(August 15th through December 1st)
Travel Management Areas seasonably
open to OHV and high-clearance
vehicles. Most routes are point to point
with a few loops, and connecting trails
often requires a street license.;❏
1600 Tollhouse Rd.
Clovis, CA 93611
(559) 297-0706 ext 0
(559) 322-0425 (TTY)
High Sierra Ranger
P.O. Box 559
29688 Auburry Rd.
Prather, CA 93651
(559) 855-5367 (TTY)
8 a.m.–4: 30 p.m.,
7 days a week
Late November to March
Bass Lake Ranger
57003 Road 225
North Fork, CA 93643
(559) 887-2218 ext 0
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–
4: 30 p.m.
Bald Mountain Lookout Tower is a popular destination (N37° 06.233’ W 119° 12.350’). One
of the first fire lookouts in California, it was a cabin built in 1905, replaced by a wooden tower
in 1911 and the H-brace metal tower was erected in 1934. Elevation is 7,828 feet.
Central California’s 1.3-million-acre Sierra
National Forest is a great place to escape
city life and the summer heat for some UTV-exploration fun. Rocks, more rocks, loam,
snow and mud typify the High Sierra trails,
and most have cool destinations like Brewer
Lake or Portal Camp.