M1 - Elk Mountain Road to Lake Pillsbury

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National Forest route M1 (also known as Elk Mountain Road) is the main south-to-north arterial that acts as the "spine" of the Mendocino National Forest. Seemingly endless single-track OHV trails (bikes and quads only) and double-track trails wide enough (and signed for) street-legal 4WD vehicles ...Read More
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Highlights of M1 - Elk Mountain Road to Lake Pillsbury

Altitude Category IconAltitude
Camping Category IconCamping
Forest Category IconForest
Overland Category IconOverland
Highest Elevation
3793 ft
Shape of Trail
Connector
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
M1
Nearest Town
Upper Lake
Nearest Services
Upper Lake
Management Agency
Mendocino National Forest
District
Upper Lake District

Overview

National Forest route M1 (also known as Elk Mountain Road) is the main south-to-north arterial that acts as the "spine" of the Mendocino National Forest. Seemingly endless single-track OHV trails (bikes and quads only) and double-track trails wide enough (and signed for) street-legal 4WD vehicles branch off regularly as you travel along the M1. For this reason we have documented its many intersections as comprehensively as possible, with a waypoint for each one. Note that the "Ranch" fire of 2018 closed many of the trails in this area; the BLM has been working hard to get them reopened, but many of the single-track OHV-only trails are still closed for repair.

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20 Waypoints
62 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
6 Community Reviews
1 Video
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