8S42 to Sand Flats

Shaver Lake, California (Fresno County)

Last Updated: 09/15/2021
3 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/01
Length: 3.38 miles
Highest Elevation: 8793 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Shaver Lake
Nearest Town w/ Services: Shaver Lake
Official Road Name: 8S42
Management Agency: Sierra National Forest
District: High Sierra Ranger District


Highlight: 8S42 to Sand Flats
Forest route 8S42, part of the Red Mountain OHV trail system in the Sierra National Forest, includes mild off-road challenges, dense green forest, numerous camping opportunities and, best of all, access to the five lake trails; Red Lake, Coyote Lake, Mirror Lake, Strawberry Lake and West Lake. 8S42 - Sand Flats is a great trail for an off-road beginner or a necessary trail for the more advanced wheeler looking to reach the more challenging lake trails at the east end.


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1. 8S42 Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is well marked, on the north side of Forest Route 8S10.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Fresno, California

Take 168 east toward Huntington Lake for about 12 miles. Continue onto CA-168 / Tollhouse Road for about 21 miles. Turn left to stay on CA-168 for another 28.4 miles. Turn right on 8S10 ( Watch for the Red Mountain Trailhead sign.) After 3.25 miles, turn left on 8S42.



Land Use Issues

Seasonal Closures. Scheduled open time is 06/15-11/01, but subject to extended closures / delayed openings. High Sierra Ranger District 29688 Auberry Road Prather, CA 93651 (559) 855-5355 Forest Service Trail Status Motor Vehicle Use Map / MVUM

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Writer Information

G. Martin

Mapping Crew - California

G. Martin, gm4x4 on Youtube , is a California native, born and raised in northern California and now living and wheeling in southern California. He enjoys exploring new trails and setting up camp in the remote outdoors. You may come across him in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the mountains of Big Bear, in the central Sierras near Shaver Lake or any other dirty, rocky road in the southwest.
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