El Dorado National Forest

  • Annual Dirt Road Closure in effect January 1.
    on December 28, 2020 at 6:00 am

    The annual seasonal closure of native surface roads, also known as dirt roads, will go into effect on the Eldorado National Forest on Monday, January 1, 2021. These roads will remain closed until at least April 1. The seasonal closure is designed to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to protect water quality. A minimum three month closure period from January 1 through March 30 was designated for the core part of the winter in the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan. To maintain flexibility, the timing of the dirt road closure is determined based on current conditions each year which may cause the closure to go into effect early or be extended. Regardless of when the closure is in effect, visitors should use good judgement about whether motor vehicle use will cause resource damage, and they can be held responsible if damage occurs.

  • Rock Creek Winter Deer Closure in effect
    on December 7, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Until May 1, operating vehicles on the roads and trails listed in the forest order is prohibited to protcect natural resources. The area serves as critical winter range for deer. See Forest Order 03-20-21 for more information and a map.

  • Mormon Emigrant Trail Closure 111720
    on November 18, 2020 at 6:00 am

    MET CLOSED - The gate from Hwy 88 on the Mormon Emigrant Trail was closed today, Nov. 18, 2020, for the winter. Please call the Amador Ranger District for more information: 209 259-3774.

  • Blacksmith Flat road Closed due to a landslide.
    on January 29, 2019 at 6:00 am

    %3Ab%3ACLOSED due to LANDSLIDE in same location as the 2017 slide on January 27, 2019. %3A/b%3AThe earliest opening would be Fall 2019 if everything goes smoothly. The area is unstable.

Tahoe National Forest

  • Sugar Pine Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Wet Weather Management Plan
    on November 6, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Beginning fall of 2020, the Sugar Pine Off-Highway Vehicle %3AOHV%3A Wet Weather Management Plan will be implemented for OHV Roads and Trails on American River Ranger District. This will increase OHV riding opportunities by adopting a more flexible open/close strategy for riding in Foresthill CA. This soil-moisture condition-based approach will help Trail Managers determine when existing OHV roads and trails should be opened or closed in the Sugar Pine Motorized Trail System area. The associated operating plan will minimize resource damage caused by travel during wet weather periods. The removal of the fixed wet weather seasonal closure dates are expected to reduce future sediment delivery and improve water quality. Up to date closure status can be found at the voicemail %3A530%3A-478-6254 x228. During fall and winter months, please check this number frequently to get up to date OHV riding opportunities and closure status

  • Tahoe National Forest Closures and Restrictions
    on September 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Tahoe National Forest Reopens: Campfires, Dispersed Camping Restrictions TERMINATED Read More

  • Changes to fuelwood program
    on September 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The Tahoe National Forest is changing the personal firewood permits process though until December 31, 2020. Please see the permits page for more information.

  • Jones Fire
    on August 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

    This is a CalFire incident. For information on the Jones Bar Incident adjacent to Highway 49 and Jones Bar Road, call 530-906-1563

  • Loyalton Fire
    on August 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

    100% Containment.

  • Timber Harvesting in the 09 Road/Gold Lake Hwy area
    on July 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Tahoe National Forest visitors, please be aware of heavy timber operations occurring in Yuba Deuce and Yuba Meadows, hazard tree removal along forest service system roads, and Chapman timber sale that will start harvesting the week of 7/13/2020. We expect to see between 60-80 loads per day shipping out on the FS 09 Road and highway 49. MAP

  • ARRD Limits First Come First Served Campsites
    on June 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

    %3Aem%3ADue to increased demand as well as safety and health concerns, campsites at all reservable campgrounds on the American River Ranger District are available by reservation %3Au%3Aonly%3A/u%3A for the 2020 camping season. This includes Giant Gap and Shirttail Creek campgrounds at Sugar Pine Reservoir and French Meadows and Lewis campgrounds at French Meadows Reservoir. Walk up sites are not available on weekends, all campsites must be reserved and paid for on Very limited first come, first serve sites may be available on weekdays for a day to day basis only.%3A/em%3A

  • Tahoe NF Fire Restrictions
    on May 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

  • A Notice to the Public About Prescribed Burning
    on May 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Nevada City, Calif. – The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service, which includes the Tahoe National Forest, is moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit. Previously, the region had postponed prescribed fires to reduce potential smoke impacts to communities while public health officials considered the interactions of smoke with COVID-19 effects; and to ensure our emergency response resources were putting into place proper procedures to mitigate COVID-19 risks. [read more]

  • Outdoor Recreation and COVID-19
    on April 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit


  • Mark Cave and Jim Bramham return to the board
    by [email protected] (Super User) on January 11, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    We are excited to announce that past Cal4Wheel presidents Mark Cave and Jim Bramham were elected as vice presidents of the Central and North Districts respectively. They both have years of service to the association. They will be sworn in at the Convention on February 20, 2021.

  • Help man our booth at Hammertown!
    by [email protected] (Kitten Chapman) on January 10, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    King of the Hammers is January 30 through February 6 Are you going? King of the Hammers (KOH) is one of the largest, most exciting races held in Southern California; thousands of people attend this awesome event annually. Cal4Wheel wants to be a part of it but WE NEED YOUR HELP !!

  • Webmaster award nominations welcome
    by [email protected] (Super User) on January 7, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Have a really great club website? Let us know about it!

  • January district meetings via Zoom
    by [email protected] (Super User) on December 29, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, our January 2021 district meetings will be held via Zoom. Topics for these meetings include elections for district VPs, discussion of proposed changes to Cal4Wheel's bylaws, and other updates.

  • Gift memberships available
    by [email protected] (Super User) on December 7, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Are you running out of gift ideas for your favorite four-wheeler? How about a gift membership to the California Four Wheel Drive Association! We will prepare a membership packet for your recipient that includes a certificate with a message from you. To get started, go to this link to place your order. Please be sure to allow at least five business days for processing.

  • 4x4 In Motion helps out with a food drive
    by [email protected] (Super User) on November 17, 2020 at 1:21 am

    4x4 In Motion helps out with a food drive 4x4 In Motion members recently helped out with a food drive in their community. Their club is known for springing into action when there is a need. The club, which is based out of Stanislaus County, is very active in the association and is known for its Niagara Rim Poker Run. Visit to learn more about the club.

  • Winter Fun Folly coming January 23 & 24
    by [email protected] (Super User) on November 4, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Women Out Wheeling invites you to join them on their club Winter Fun and Folly run January 23 and 24, 2021. The legendary Jim Bramham will lead us thru the Gold Rush history in the Grass Valley area. WOW will have two days of runs. Pick and choose which day or join us for both. RSVP early to [email protected] Runs will be limited to 25 rigs per day. Details will be sent after RSVPs are received. Donations accepted and will go to Cal4 to help offset its "COVID" budgetary impacts. Download flyer

  • Resurrecting the Wall of Honor
    by [email protected] (Paula Johnson) on September 19, 2020 at 2:40 am

    We recently resurrected the brick program that was originated in the early 2000’s. It was developed to assist the association’s building fund. Here are some FAQ’s and the answers.

  • Update on fire at High Sierra Poker Run
    by [email protected] (Jack Chapman, Cal4Wheel President) on September 7, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    Annually Cal4Wheel holds an event called High Sierra Poker Run held in the Shaver Lake region. My wife and I traveled to the Base Camp on Tuesday accompanied by a fellow four-wheeler, Tommy Irving from Motherlode Rockcrawlers. We had previously planned to meet up with David, Nancy, and Davey Rocha (Kingsburg 4 Wheel Drive Club & Dirt Boogers) who were kind enough to be willing to take us on a couple trails prior to the event. Wednesday morning, we headed out to Brewer Lake and had a great time. What a scenic area, and Brewer Lake was a beautiful little lake out in the middle of nowhere. Thursday, we headed down the trail toward Mirror Lake but due to mechanical difficulties we were unable to make it to the destination and had to head back to camp. Friday morning came way too fast and unfortunately due to my employment, I had to head back home; however, my wife Kitten remained in camp to work the Cal4Wheel booth. As I was leaving, I was thinking about the lack of available communication in that area and it was a little concerning to me as I would have no contact with anyone until the event was over and all were headed home.

  • Steve Gardiner passes away suddenly
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on August 18, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    We are sad to announce that Steve Gardiner, our merchandise chair and foundation vice president, has passed away. Steve traveled all over the western United States promoting Cal4Wheel, selling merchandise and Jeep tickets, chairing the Win-A-Jeep program, printing endless event programs and taking care of many other responsibilities. He was also the Cal4Wheel Foundation vice president. We are very grateful for his decades of service to the association and would like to offer our deepest condolences to Steve's family and friends.