Ochoco National Forest: Green Mountain

With the number of all-terrain vehicle riders climbing past 16 million nationally, the sport of ATV riding is grabbing attention as land managers try to balance its popularity with the nation’s natural resources.

“ATV riding can be a blast,” said Patti Klein, National Stewardship Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management. “But it can also be damaging to public lands if not done responsibly. As land managers, we encourage people to help protect the great outdoors by riding responsibly and practicing outdoor ethics, like those created by Tread Lightly!."

Tread Lightly!, a nonprofit organization that educates people to recreate responsibly, has issued some practical tips on minimizing environmental impact from ATVs.

  1. Stay only on roads, trails or other areas designated for ATV use.

  2. Try to stay in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it.

  3. Cross streams only at designated fording points, where the trail crosses the stream. Approach the stream slowly, crossing at a 90-degree angle.

  4. On switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing or brake-sliding during descent, both of which gouge the trail.

  5. On slick trails, moderate the throttle and use the clutch to gain maximum traction with minimum wheel-spin.

  6. Try to avoid muddy trails, save them for future trips when they are dry.

  7. Pack out what you pack in. Carry a trash bag on your vehicle and pick up litter left by others.

  8. Following a ride, wash your ATV and support vehicle to avoid spreading noxious weeds the next time you ride.

  9. Observe proper human waste disposal. Bury your waste at least six inches deep and camouflage the hole or pack out your waste.

  10. Take an ATV training course to maximize safety. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and other safety gear.

 

 

Class 2 Permits
Defined:
 Jeeps traveling on an unmaintained dirt road.

Operator requirements:

  • A valid driver´s license.
  • Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.
  • Check with law enforcement officials in the area you wish to ride for any special requirements.
  • Uninsured Class II off-road vehicles should contact Department of Motor Vehicles for more information.
      Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
      Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.

 

 

Class 3 Permits
Class III Permit
Defined:

Operator requirements:
 
  • Must be at least 7 years of age
  • Youth under age 16 must be supervised by an adult over age 18 who is able to provide immediate assistance and direction to the children, and ...
  • Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened.
  • Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.
 
 
 
    
      Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
      Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.

 

 

Class II Permit

Class I Permit
Defined:

Operator requirements:
 
  • Youth under age 16 must be supervised by an adult over age 18 who is able to provide immediate assistance and direction to the children, and ...
  • Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened.
  • Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.
 
 
 
    
      Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
      Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.

 

 

Telephone
541 383 4010
Land
Public
Ochoco National Forest
Trail Miles
8.5
Vehicles
ATV, Dirt Bike, Truck, UTV
Terrain
General Trail, Hills, Rocks
Skill Level
Easy, Intermediate, Experienced
Amenities
Camping, Pets
Directions
To Get There: Green Mountain
To the north end of the trail from Prineville, go north on N. Main for 12 miles to the Forest Boundary, then another 2.5 miles to the junction with Road 33. Follow Road 33 for 4.5 miles to the trailhead.
Riding Requirements
Class I Permit
Defined:

For vehicles 50" wide or less, and ...
Dry weight of 800 pounds or less.
Have saddle or seat.
Travels on three or four tires.
Meet the safety equipment standards for off road vehicles.

Operator requirements:


Youth under age 16 must be supervised by an adult over age 18 who is able to provide immediate assistance and direction to the children, and ...
Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened.
Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.




Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.






Class 2 Permits


Class II Permit
Defined:

For vehicles more than 50" wide, or ...
Dry weight of more than 800 pounds.
Meet the safety equipment standards for off road vehicles.

Operator requirements:


A valid driver´s license.
Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.
Check with law enforcement officials in the area you wish to ride for any special requirements.
Uninsured Class II off-road vehicles should contact Department of Motor Vehicles for more information.
Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.






Class 3 Permits

Class III Permit
Defined:

For vehicles riding on two tires
Dry weight of less than 600 pounds.
Meet the safety equipment standards for off road vehicles.

Operator requirements:


Must be at least 7 years of age

Youth under age 16 must be supervised by an adult over age 18 who is able to provide immediate assistance and direction to the children, and ...
Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened.
Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class I, II, or III ATV.




Permit fee: $10 (Most permit agents charge an extra .50)
Permit agents: See the latest permit agent list.


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