The Fort Sage Special Recreation Management Area is located in the high desert region of northeastern California, about 45 miles north of Reno, Nevada. The recreation area consists of approximately 22,000 acres of public land that is managed primarily for off highway vehicle use and winter deer range. Vehicle use within the recreation area is limited to designated roads and trails to ensure that the two primary uses remain compatible throughout the future.
The Bureau of Land Management has designated the approximately 90 miles of routes within the recreation area to be used for motorcycle, ATV and 4wd use 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.
In addition to off highway vehicle use, the Fort Sage Mountains are utilized by hikers, horseback riders, rock climbers, hunters and wildlife photographers. Visitors are attracted to the area because of its many unusual weathered granite boulders, volcanic outcrops, expansive desert vistas and good opportunities for viewing wildlife and wild horses.
Operation and maintenance of the facilities, roads and trails within the recreation area are provided by the Bureau of Land Management, Eagle Lake Field Office through funds provided, in part, by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.
Trailhead and Staging Areas: Fort Sage Trailhead, Widowmaker Trailhead, Land of David.
Trailhead and Staging Areas
Facilities provided include:
Fort Sage Trailhead
One vault toilet
Bulletin board with OHV and area information
Fire pits and one picnic table
Land of David
Small parking area
State and Private Lands
Some sections of the trail pass through the Doyle Wildlife Area, managed by California Department of Fish and Game, and pass near private land. Obey signs and stay on the trail in these areas. By respecting the rights of private land owners and the regulations posted on the Doyle Wildlife Area you can keep the trails through these areas open.
Camping is allowed throughout the recreation area. The trailheads afford level parking, however no developed campsites are provided. Camping near springs or guzzlers will prevent wildlife from using the water source. To insure you do not displace wildlife and livestock camp at least 300 yards from any water source. Camping is not allowed within the Doyle Wildlife Area.
Campfires are allowed within the Fort Sage Mountains provided you have a current campfire permit. Seasonal fire restrictions may prohibit campfires during periods of high fire danger. To check on fire restrictions call Susanville BLM at (530) 257-0456. Fires are not permitted within the Doyle Wildlife Area.
No potable water is available within the recreation area.
Hunting and target shooting are allowed throughout the Fort Sage Mountains but shooting is prohibited within ¼ mile of trailheads.
Range cattle may be encountered at Fort Sage from April to October. Use caution when riding near livestock.
The nearest medical facility is Doyle Family Practice, 436-435, Old Highway Road, Doyle, CA (530) 827-2104; open Monday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. To report fires or obtain other emergency help dial 911.
Reminder: Let someone know where you are riding, and when you expect to return.
Visitors are responsible for knowing area rules and regulations. The regulations are enforceable under U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and violations are punishable with fines up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for not longer then 12 months.
Vehicle use is limited to roads and trails designated by fiberglass sign posts and stickers showing vehicles allowed on the route. Please do not ride on routes that are not designated.
All off road vehicles must have a CA Green Sticker, Red Sticker or be legally registered in another state.
All vehicles must meet state and federal noise standards.
All off road vehicles must be equipped with a properly installed U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrestor that is not modified.
It is illegal to ride or drive under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs.
State law requires the use of helmets while riding ATV's.
State law does not allow passengers on ATV's unless the ATV was specifically designed for two or more people.
For Information Contact
Bureau of Land Management
Eagle Lake Field Office
2950 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
How to get here:
From Susanville: Take U. S. Highway 395 south approximately 38 miles. Turn East (left) on Laver Crossing road (approximately .8 miles north of Doyle) and travel approximately 1.4 miles to Hackstaff Road. Turn south (right) and travel approximately 1.2 mile to Fort Sage Road. Turn east (left) travel approximately 1.1 mile to the entrance of the Fort Sage OHV Area. Turn east (right) and travel approximately 1.5 miles to the trailhead. Maps of the travel routes within the OHV area are available at the trailhead.
From Reno: Take U. S. Highway 395 approximately 45 miles north from the intersection of U. S. Highway 395 and U. S. Interstate 80. Turn North (right) on Doyle Loop Road and travel approximately 1/2 mile to Hackstaff Road. Turn east (right) and travel approximately 2.1 miles to Fort Sage Road. Turn East (right) and travel approximately 1 mile to the entrance of the Fort Sage OHV area. Turn east (right) and travel approximately 1.4 miles to the trailhead.