Sierra Pelona Ridge/Rowher OHV

Total Miles
14.4

Elevation

1,477.75 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This rugged backcountry drive climbs high to the ridgeline of the Sierra Pelona. After traversing the ridge for several scenic miles, it switchbacks down the northern side of the mountain, offering outstanding views of Bouquet Reservoir. Most of the route is inside Rowher Flat OHV Area, open to greensticker vehicles. If you're looking for a difficult route, follow Rowher Trail shown on the map. Sierra Pelona Road crosses Rowher Trail several times on the north side.

Photos of Sierra Pelona Ridge/Rowher OHV

Sierra Pelona Ridge/Rowher OHV
Sierra Pelona Ridge/Rowher OHV
Sierra Pelona Ridge/Rowher OHV

Difficulty

Easy: Single-lane shelf road much of the way with adequate room to pass most of the time. Mildly steep in places with vertical dropoffs at the top. Suitable for stock 4x4 SUVs with decent ground clearance. Skid plates helpful.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

S L
May 18, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Trail was almost wide open the whole way. Few rigs at the lookout and a couple of dirt bikes and a SXS on the trail. Vegetation lining the trail is tall and visibility around corners is obstructed at times, so slow and steady helped avoid any problems with some dirt bikes bombing up the trail from the Sierra Highway side. Pics are an optional obstacle you pass on the trail but you don’t have to climb it in either direction.
Ts Y
Apr 27, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Louie Thirteen
Apr 27, 2024
4x4
Open
Spraypaint Stewart
Apr 20, 2024
2024 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Normal
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard

Access Description

Take I-5 to Highway 14. Get off 14 at Sand Canyon and head north to Sierra Highway. Go northeast about 4.5 miles to Rush Canyon Road on left. Follow Rush Canyon Road north 2.9 miles to Staging Area #1.

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