Old Toll Road to Highland Springs

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3.2/5 (7 reviews)
Hopland, California (Mendocino County)
Last Updated: 12/09/2021
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If you live in the North Bay Area and want to get away from civilization for a while and get some dirt on your tires, Old Toll Road from Hopland to Highland Springs Reservoir will take you through the volcanic landscape of the Mayacamas range; mixed chaparral and oak trees, stacked lava and serpentinite rock formations, soaring raptors (Red-Tailed Hawks are frequently seen here), and great views down to Hopland and Lake County. This is a great backcountry route that winds through the hills and ends at a beautiful reservoir called Highland Springs --great for swimming, paddling, and fishing.

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3.2/5 (7)
Visited: 07/02/2021

This trail is a fun entry-level run with a fantastic view. 4-Wheel drive is not required at all but it is a rocky and dusty road. Camping is only allowed at the small Sheldon Creek camp area. The description above was a perfect guide.
Visited: 07/24/2020

Trail was exactly as described - great write up. It’s a great way to the lake. Zero technical ability required. The first 8-10 miles are pretty bumpy.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/23/2020

Really enjoyed my first time doing some soft road. I used a stock Cherokee Altitude, no issues, as some of the other comments I've seen, there were small cars going around. Still I had lots of fun for my first ride!
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 05/15/2020
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

A nice easy trail where you can take any stock SUV. Nothing was challenging that you would ever think about engaging the 4wd... This gave us the opportunity to take my young kids. They enjoyed the views & nature. Spring was a good time to go as it wasn't hot and everything was pretty green. The kids enjoyed catching caterpillars that happened to be everywhere. The designated campsite looked okay and had pretty good shade coverage.
Rated 3/5
Visited: 09/02/2019

A effort less drive to a nice recreation area in lake county ca. Any rwd vehicle can handle! No 4x4 needed. Some rougher areas once you get close to the hilltop, 6” ground clearance will do just fine! Nice for family Picknicks or such. Not exciting for an off toad enthusiast, but one off the few trails left in the north Bay Area.

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