Follow 4×4 trail through two historic gold mining towns.
Did this trail on my KLR650 9/17/2023 from Downieville side to La Porte. Trail is clear and open. If you attempt this on a bigger dual sport I would recommend a good aggressive off road back tire and definitely a good skid plate. I still had my stock tire with 1,300 miles and that made it more difficult. Toughest section for me was leaving Poker Flat towards La Porte but made it out.
Submitted by Robert
The beginning of Trailhead to Decent into Poker Flats is well maintained. Saw someone up there in a Prius hunting. Fire Watch is closed to the Public due to Covid. Decent into Poker Flats is steep (15-18 degrees) but good traction even in the wet/snow. The river crossing was cake and the water was really low. Climb out from Poker Flat to Howland Flat (Towards La Porte) is very rocky and decently rutted from people running the trail. Did climb out with 2 inches of snow and had to momentum my way through some ruts 4-5 times. Someone had abandoned a Chevy Avalanche due to Broken Tie Rod on Rock. Once done with the climb, it is a well-maintained fire road all the way to La Porte. The vehicle used – Jeep Gladiator Overland, 33 inch Falken AT3w’s on stock Rubicon Suspension.
Submitted by Doug
The trail was very rocky at points but very doable in a stock Jeep Sahara 2019. The last section coming into poker flat from Howland flat was the most challenging and I had to roll a couple of large rocks out of the way to feel confident I wouldn’t damage my Jeep. I’m relatively new to four-wheeling so a more experienced person may not have to any issue with the rocks….I was being overly conservative. We did not encounter any snow on the trail. The creek just outside of Poke flat was flowing with 6-7 inches of water in it and maybe 20 feet across. Very easy to pass through. Beautiful area and I will definitely return to explore more of that area. The campground at Poker flat had a couple of family’s camping there but had room for more.
Submitted by Mike K.
As of July 4th, the section between Poker flat and Howland flat still has large snow banks, barely passable.