LTBMU to hold OHV open house

Change of the hours: it should have read 4pm to 7pm!


This is a great opportunity to let the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit know how we feel about how they are managing our OHV trails. They will be open for discussion on the proposed grant, the management of Twin Peaks, the Rubicon Trail and all other OHV related subjects.

Let’s get a big turn out and let the Basin know we care about our OHV trails and how we would like to see them managed.

Forest Service to hold open house on off-highway vehicle use

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host an open house to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on designated routes within the Lake Tahoe Basin on Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s office at 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150.

The open house provides an opportunity for the public to meet Forest Service OHV, engineering, trails and recreation staff and ask questions regarding the LTBMU Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreational (OHMVR) Grant application.  Local OHV club members will be on hand to discuss membership and volunteer opportunities sponsored by the Forest Service.

Contact Adrian Escobedo at for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings.

For more information, contact Tim Merten at 530-543-2863 or


Swap Meet!

The Nevada 4 Wheel Drive Association (N4WDA) is going to hold a 4×4 swap meet at the 4 Wheel Parts in Sparks, NV on Saturday April 25th. The address is 40 Victorian Ave, you can see it from Highway 80.

Bring your stuff and leave with cash. For only $10, you get a single car parking space to display all your treasures.

N4WDA will have helpers on hand as early as 7am to help you set-up. They will also have a booth and will be serving food.

The 4 Wheel Parts RTI ramp and the ‘rock crawl’ area will be open during the swap.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Larry @ (775) 246-3212.

New Rubicon Area OHV Trails Map

So, some time ago, I posted a new map of OHV trails in the area of the Tahoe side of the Rubicon Trail.  Since then, I’ve learned a lot about using Photoshop. The old map was 72dpi, the new map was 300dpi. The old map was a cluttered mess. The new map is leaner and cleaner.

I’ve bounced different drafts off a lot of people including those within the Forest Service (FS). Some in the FS were not overwhelmingly in support. Some had concerns over the possible differences between my map and current MVUM provided by the FS.

I’ve gone further to distance this map from the official FS MVUM. The FS MVUM is a legal document used to notify the public as to what trails are open for public use. This new map is not intended for navigation nor is it to be used to determine what trails are currently open. This map displays ALL the OHV trails in the area but does not report which are open and which are closed. All but the Rubicon are seasonally closed. At least one is partially closed due to meadow issues.

It is the users responsibility to know where they are at all times and the status of the trail they are driving. Please visit the forest website and read all forest orders that may apply.

Hot off the presses:

Tahoe side OHV trails.flat2

I’ve created a flier from this map to be handed out to users. Here is the front side of the flier with information on the names of trails, seasonal dates for the opening of those trails (which could be changed at any time), ham freqs, agency contact information, etc.

TOR - trifold cover

I’ll be handing this map out at the Reno Motorsports Show this Friday and Saturday. The maps will be there Sunday but I have to work. Stop by and pick up a few. I’m still open to comments about what could make this a better map for the users.

The 2015 Cone Zone

Yes, the orange blooms are already happening.

Road construction has started in the Lake Tahoe Basin. This is important enough that I may start a direct link to updated information on current construction project that could affect driving to and/or from the world Famous Rubicon Trail.

The website of the week:

This website has all kinds of information on road construction around Tahoe. The easiest page to understand has pictures. So, rather than me ramble on with too many words, here are two pictures pages that says it all. The link is for the web page of the two images below.



The Sierra Sun is also reporting:

  • Paving treatment on Highway 267, airport to the summit, May-Oct, 20 minute delays
  • Paving treatment on 28, between Tahoe City and 267. Aug-Oct, 10 minute delays
  • Bridge replacement on the road to Alpine Meadows at 89, May-Oct
  • Highway 80 at the Donner Lake Interchange, May-July
  • Highway 80 Boca to Floriston, May-Oct, 20 minute delays

Please check conditions before you travel. Add time to your trip as needed. Watch out for the workers.

Reno Motorsports Show

Off Road and Motorsports Show

March 20-22

My plan is to be there with a laptop for people to be able to check out the website, at least on Fri and Sat.

I’ll be handing out the new Tri-MVUM fliers that show the OHV trails around the Tahoe end of the Rubicon Trail at the Hills Angels 4wd Club booth. Stop by and say hi.

Here’s a link to a printable $5 off coupon:

Discount ticket – $5 off

I’ve donated a Pelican 35 quart cooler for the Blue Ribbon Coalition silent auction. Bid away, it all goes to a great cause, keeping our access to public lands!

Pelican 35