Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area

Bureau of Land Management, California.

Overview

The Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area is located in the high desert region of northeastern California outside the town of Doyle. The area is about 45 miles south of Susanville, California and 45 miles north of Reno, Nevada. Visitors should utilize Laver Crossing Road to access the area due to a bridge restriction off the Doyle Loop Road. The Special Recreation Management Area consists of approximately 29,000 acres of public land that is managed for off-highway vehicle use such as motorcycles, ATV's, Side by Sides, and 4wd.

There are developed OHV staging areas within Fort Sage with graveled access roads accessible to 2-wheel drive vehicles and green/red sticker legal vehicles. Per county ordinance 2011-007 OHV's can legally ride on the CR 327 Fort Sage Road and CR 344 Summers Road.

Vehicle use within the recreation area is limited to the 100 miles of designated roads and trails and is appropriate for motorcycle, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV), and 4-wheel drive vehicles. The trails are marked with numbered signs displaying difficulty rating and recommended vehicle type depending on the width of the trail. The routes traverse a wide variety of terrain including flat, sandy, high desert sagebrush country and rocky, steep canyons and gulches.

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Operation and maintenance of the facilities, roads and trails within the Fort Sage OHV area are funded in part, by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office recently finished constructing the Raptor Trailhead located on the Fort Sage entrance road about .03 miles east of the Fort Sage Trailhead. An updated 2018 brochure and map is now available, please stay on the signed trails.

For more information or to review current and past grants visit the: CA State Parks

For information about ATV safety visit the: ATV Safety Institute.

For safety information or Recreational Vehicle training visit: Recreational Off-highway Vehicle Association

Visit these other BLM Managed Off-Highway Vehicle Areas:

Rice Canyon OHV Area

Dry Valley OHV Area

Chappie Shasta OHV Area

South Cow Mountain OHV Area

Nearby Activities


Directions

From Susanville

Travel 38 miles on U. S. Highway 395 south. Turn East (left) on Laver Crossing road (0 .8 miles north of Doyle) and travel 1.4 miles to Hackstaff Road. Turn south (right) and travel approximately 1.2 mile to Fort Sage Road. Turn east (left) travel 1.1 mile to the entrance of the Fort Sage OHV Area. Turn east (right) and travel about 1 mile to the Diamondback trailhead, the Fort Sage trailhead is .05 miles up the road.

From Reno

Travel 45 miles on U. S. Highway 395 north from the intersection of U. S. HWY 395 and U. S. I-80. Turn North (right) on Doyle Loop Road and travel 1/2 mile to Hackstaff Road. Turn east (right) and travel 2.1 miles to Fort Sage Road. Turn East (right) and travel 1 mile to the entrance of the Fort Sage OHV area. Turn east (right) and travel about 1 mile to the Diamondback trailhead, the Fort Sage trailhead is .05 miles up the road.

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