Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Copperopolis, California

Airola Meadow Loop

Nice views along a graded in the begging logging road. The road becomes ungraded but really good all the way back. Some brush, nothing to pinstripe your rig. Early season, may want to bring a…
Total Miles
3.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Buck Ranch

Easy graded logging road in the beginning 1st mile, then it becomes decent rocky terrain, some small climbs, nothing hard. Once you take off from the green route on OnX, this is a really easy…
Total Miles
2.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Soda Creek Logging Camp

From Hwy 4 side the all-day adventure was on ungraded logging roads. They still log here on these roads so please drive slow and be aware of logging trucks possibly coming at you. You will…
Total Miles
17.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Rowdy Cow

This is a lightly traveled dirt road with some ruts, loose rock, slight inclines, and narrow passages due to brush. Other challenges include snow in the winter snow and water crossings up to a foot…
Total Miles
3.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

The Rut

This is a lightly traveled trail with a dirt floor. Uneven, rutted dirt trail with erosion. Potential water crossings up to a foot deep, in the winter, and in some spots the rut is 3ft…
Total Miles
2.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Bailey Ridge

A 5-mile stretch of connecting forest service roads. It is a particularly useful trail if you are driving a non street legal vehicle and camping at Black Springs or off of 7N23. The trail features…
Total Miles
4.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Berdoo Canyon Road

This is a fantastic trail that can be run in either direction. The trail is relatively easy, but there are a few obstacles that can give you trouble if you don't have enough clearance and…
Total Miles
23
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Sapps Hill

An easy trail with a few mud holes after a summer thunderstorm. There are plenty of places for dispersed camping along the route, and if you drive all the way to the end, you will…
Total Miles
0.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Pine Tunnel

This trail is lined with pine trees and features a baby rock garden. It is no longer maintained by the Forest Service and ends where it is blocked by multiple fallen trees. Dispersed camping can…
Total Miles
0.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Old Tamarack

This trail was once known as "Tamarack OHV 4x4" and has been closed since 2014. The start of the trail is still open and leads to a dispersed campsite before it is blocked by many…
Total Miles
0.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Elephant Lake

This trail follows the South Fork of the John Day River and crosses a very remote area. It's a great area for camping and hiking. Destinations include Blacks Canyon, Izee Falls, and several historical sites.…
Total Miles
3.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Eagle Meadows

This is an awesome out and back trail with amazing cliff views, creek crossings, beautiful trees and several great camping spots. Plenty of shorter trails splinter off the main roads, offering endless adventure. This route…
Total Miles
11.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Wrights Lake Rd - 11N26A

This is a smooth, out-and-back dirt trail that's single lane. The trail has very little change in elevation and can be driven with a 2WD SUV. A wide turn-around circle is located at one mile…
Total Miles
0.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Volcanoville

Volcanoville is a good beginner trail that can be completed by most stock 4x4 SUVs, as well as many AWD vehicles with AT tires and at least 8 inches of clearance. The trail does get…
Total Miles
2.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Burnside Lake Road - 31019

The 5.5-mile out and back dirt road will take you from HWY 88/89 intersection to Burnside Lake. The dirt road is relatively smooth and wide enough for two vehicles to pass. This is a well-traveled…
Total Miles
5.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Hawkins Peak Road

Hawkins Peak Road begins as a gradual accent and is typically one vehicle wide with places to pass on this double track dirt trail. The trail gradually ascends from an elevation of 7,057 feet to…
Total Miles
3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Pistol Point Trail

Pistol Point Trail is one vehicle wide with places to pass on this double track dirt trail. The trail ascends from an elevation of 8,820 feet to a maximum elevation of 9,286 feet. There is…
Total Miles
1.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Shirttail Canyon

Total Miles
23.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Fruit Smuggler

Dirt trail with potential for loose rocks, sandy washes, and water crossings less than a foot deep. Potential for mud holes and trail obstacles up to 12" including ledges and short, steep grades. One vehicle…
Total Miles
3.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Mitchell Mine

Mitchell Mine is a nice, easy in-and-out summer trail for a leisurely stroll through the forest. It's also a good trail for beginners to get used to how their vehicle feels while off-road. The surface…
Total Miles
2.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Chepo Saddle 6S13

This is a Sierra foothill road near Bass Lake, which is not visible on this trek. It is a clear dirt road with very little pinstriping. Some rutting but very manageable. There are several ways…
Total Miles
11.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Genoa Peak Road - 41306

You'll get some great views of Lake Tahoe from this trail. It's a wide, single-lane gravel trail that's moderately to heavily used during the summer. There are gates at both ends of the road which…
Total Miles
10.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Holy Climber

This is a busy trail, with beautiful fall colors and great vistas. There are sections of loose, rocky terrain and sections with softer dirt that may be whooped out. Most are shallow and smooth, so…
Total Miles
28.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Logan House Loop 14n33

This trail has beautiful scenery that includes tree-filtered views of Lake Tahoe, Aspen groves, grassy meadows, a couple of small year-round streams, and the classic Sierra Nevada Mountain Forest. It is recommended for 4WD or…
Total Miles
8.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Seven Deer Trail

Beginning at the Lake Topaz picnic area the graded dirt road becomes narrower and is single-vehicle wide. Ascending to 5,971 feet this is mostly a packed gravel trail. There are some steep and very rocky…
Total Miles
3.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Boman Lake

The first part of the trail is paved. About 2/3rds of the way in, it becomes rocky and dirty. High clearance is recommended. There is one tricky hairpin about 1 mile from camp. Other than…
Total Miles
16.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Wellington Hills Road - 42778

This out and back, double-track, dirt trail mostly accommodates one-way traffic. It begins at Eastside Lane and gradually rises in elevation into the Wellington Hills, located in Toiyabe National Forest. There are vistas of Antelope…
Total Miles
5.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Pine Nut Mountains Vista Trail

Located in the Johnson OHV park, this trail has views of Minden, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Pine Nut Mountains. A man-made dirt pile is meant to block the trail at 4.82 miles. At this…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Copper Mountain

Climb along the side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains above Mono Lake on this beautiful SUV route. Check out views of the valley as well as Lundy Lake, and make time to visit an abandoned…
Total Miles
7.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Sunrise Pass Road

This graded dirt county road begins at the Johnson Lane OHV Park located east of Minden, NV. As the road gradually ascends, it traverses alluvial plains covered in sage and low canyons with juniper trees.…
Total Miles
23
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa