LTS Grooming Report #22

March 22 Report

The main winter trailhead at Little Truckee Summit has been moved 1.5 miles west, to the Independence/07 road intersection.  Please do not park in the turnaround area, use for unloading/loading snowmobiles only.  Please parallel park on the 07 road east-bound lane road shoulder (south side of the road).  Plenty of asphalt is now showing on the 07 road west of the Independence intersection, avoid while snowmobile riding (the Henness Pass road is a better option).  Next week we will move the temporary trailhead out to the Perazzo intersection.  Approximately 1-2 feet of snow remains at the Yuba Pass SnoPark/trailhead.

The current CENTRAL SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAIN AVALANCHE ADVISORY covers the Northern Sierras from Yuba Pass on the North end to Ebbett’s Pass on the South end.  It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only.  The phone number is (530) 587-3558, or the Avalanche Advisory can be found at the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) website:


Snowmobile trail grooming is made possible through the State of California OHMVR division grooming program.  Snowmobile trail grooming work on the East Side of the Tahoe National Forest is provided by Sierra Snowcats, Inc. 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 lands and private lands.  Please respect private property rights and private landowners within the Tahoe National Forest while recreating and riding snowmobiles off of the groomed snowmobile trail system.


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.  They are shown on the Tahoe National Forest and Lakes Basin Winter Recreation Guide map, which is free to the public and available at the Sierraville and Truckee Ranger Stations, and occasionally in the “map boxes” at Yuba Pass and Little Truckee Summit.  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, cars and trucks) when snow is on the ground”.  The closure and restriction areas are open to all non-motorized winter recreation.



East Side and Lakes Basin Grooming Update #22


Marked (orange diamonds)

Snowmobile Route

Date Last Groomed


Cautions/CommentsMain 07 road  (to Webber Lake)Thu, Mar 21Temporary trailhead at Independence/07 road intersectionMain 07 road  (to Jackson Meadows Dam)Mon, Mar 18Please avoid open asphalt areas on the Jackson Meadows 07 roadPass Creek Loop 70 road

Wed, Mar 6

Bald Ridge Loop 88 road

Wed, Mar 13

Henness Pass 301 road (main route alternate)

Tue, Mar 12

Yuba-Webber 12 road (07 road to 54 road)

Thu, Mar 21

Yuba-Webber 12 road (54 road to Yuba Pass)

Thu, Mar 21

Ridge Loop 12-45 road

Sat, Mar 2

Rim Loop 12-28 road

Thu, Mar 7

Williams Creek 54 road (12 road to Bassetts)

Thu, Mar 7

Treasure Mountain Loop 05 & 15 roads

Fri, Feb 22

Meadow Lake Loop 86 road (east end)

Wed, Mar 6

Meadow Lake Loop 843 road (west end)

Wed, Mar 6

Prosser Tie 07-10 road

Tue, Mar 12

Groomed 07 road to Sagehen SummitIndependence Loop 351 & 260 roadsTue, Mar 12Down trees groomed over   Haskell Peak Trail 09 roadThu, Mar 7 Gold Lake Highway 620 roadFri, Mar 8 Packer Lake 621 roadFri, Mar 8 Church Meadows LoopFri, Mar 8 Howard Meadows LoopFri, Mar 8 Mills Peak TrailFri, Mar 8 Gold Lake (Plumas NF) SKIER ONLY Trailnone

Trail too narrow for new groomer

Lunch Creek SKIER ONLY TrailFri, Feb 22


Jeff Wiley

East Zone OHV Program Manager

Tahoe National Forest

work:  530.994.3401 x6667

cell:  530.306.0334



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