Sierra National Forest

Courtright/Wishon OHV Area

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) users will find many opportunities for off-highway enjoyment in the Sierra National Forest. Become familiar with OHV laws, restrictions, and closures. Respect private property, wildlife and other forest visitors. Always operate your vehicle in a safe, responsible manner.
The Sierra National Forest offers a variety of trail riding experiences. In general, off-highway vehicles can operate on any road or trail that is designated with an OHV marker (a jeep symbol). California Vehicle Code and Green Sticker laws apply on all National Forest roads.

Directions

Dusy-Ershim OHV Route: This backcountry route is classified as Most Difficult and traverses 31 miles between the John Muir and Dinkey Wilderness areas. Driving time for the entire route is 2 to 3 days. This route is recommended for advanced drivers, and not recommended for full size pickups, long wheel base vehicles or for traveling alone.

To get there take Hwy 168 east of Clovis to the Dinkey Creek Road (just before you get to Shaver Lake). Follow the Dinkey Creek Road east to Dinkey Creek. At Dinkey Creek take the McKinley Grove Road toward Courtright Reservoir. At the Courtright Road, turn left and head north towards Courtright Reservoir. Cross the dam on the east side of the lake and stay on the road to the Dusy-Ershim OHV route sign.

The route begins at 8,400 feet elevation, with many open rocky areas. Be aware that portions of the trail cross large granite slabs and are marked with rocks. Elevation rises to 10,000 feet at Thompson Lake, remaining at the 9,000 to 10,000 feet for the rest of the route.

Please follow this link (PDF) for more information on the Dusy-Ershim OHV Route.

Spanish OHV Route: This route is classified as More Difficult. An easy route for experienced drivers and a challenge for beginning drivers. The route encompasses loose dirt, some granite, a few rocks, and a little uphill. The route is 3.5 miles long and takes 4 hours to drive. This route is not recommended for van type 4WD vehicles or full size pickups, due to some tight maneuvering near the wilderness boundary.

To get there take Hwy 168 east of Clovis to the Dinkey Creek Road (just before your get to Shaver Lake). Follow the Dinkey Creek Road east to Dinkey Creek. At Dinkey Creek take the McKinley Grove Road 17 miles to Wishon Dam. Follow the road 2.5 miles past the Dam and turn at the Crown Valley Trailhead. Follow the road 1.5 miles to the Spanish Route, it starts a short distance beyond Rancheria Creek.