Boggs State Forest Road 500

Lake County, California

Elevation Gain37ft
Trailhead Elevation3,029ft
Elevation Min/Max2997/3029ft
Elevation Start/End3029/3029ft

Boggs State Forest Road 500

Boggs State Forest Road 500 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake County, California. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 3,029 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 37 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and an information. This trail connects with the following: Boggs S.F. Road 510, Boggs S.F. Road 501, Boggs S.F. Road 500 and Gail's Trail.

Boggs State Forest Road 500 Professional Reviews and Guides

"The primary purpose of Boggs Mountain Demonstration Forest is not recreation but forestry for commercial purposes. But the folks who manage the place enthusiastically welcome outdoor activities so much that you’d think recreation was Boggs’ main objective. Among bikers, Boggs is known for its endless miles of pure, sweet, completely rideable single-track trails. Though not a huge chunk of land—it’s only 3,493 acres surrounded by private property—the network of single-tracks along with a few fire roads offer many ride configurations. Beginners as well as advanced riders will find lots of agreeable trails here. Collectively, the trails are, for the most part, mildly technical since conditions are semi- and hard-packed dirt with some exposed tree roots and loose bits of rock thrown in for good fun, of course. Aerobically, moderate endurance is required since there are a few strenuously steep but short sections. The 12.9-mile loop described here is a mixture of short ups and downs, giving you a generous taste of the kinds of single-tracks and fire roads in the forest. By all means, make up your own configurations. Most, but not all, trails and fire roads are signed."

"Since Boggs Mountain is so far away from major cities, you might want to camp here. No water is available, but the campground is in the middle of a ponderosa pine forest reminiscent of Yosemite Valley. All that’s missing is the river and the 3,000-foot vertical granite walls. Unless you happen to arrive on a weekend when a bike race is scheduled or during deer-hunting season, you won’t see many people, and might even have the place to yourself. But you still need to be alert for other users, and to yield the right-of-way to them when you meet them. This area doesn’t have fantastic views, but it does feature miles of slightly to moderately technical narrow singletracks meandering up and down and back and forth through dense forests. Highlights: Miles of wonderful singletrack—much of it seldom traveled—through forests of ponderosa pines, California black oaks, Douglas firs, dogwoods, maples, and wildflowers. This is a great place to get away from people. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the singletracks."

"The Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest is a special place for mountain bikers. All of the trails, including approximately 15 miles of buff singletrack, are 100 percent legal. The once clear-cut land is now replete with ponderosa and sugar pine, Douglas fir and black oak."

"Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest encompasses 3,493 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains by the town of Cobb. Wappo Indians traveled through this area annually en route to their fishing and obsidian quarries at Clear Lake. In the late 1800s, Henry Boggs owned the land and used it for grazing livestock and timber operations with steam-powered sawmill sites. Boggs sold it to the Calso Company, who used the land for timber harvesting before selling it to the state of California. The state forest was established in 1949. It uses the land as a demonstration forest to grow and harvest trees; for wildlife habitation; as a watershed; and for recreation, including deer hunting, camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding."

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This was a beautiful area ... until the wildfires ravaged it - Per Calfire: "*** November 6, 2015 - Due to extreme damage from the Valley Fire, Boggs Mountain Demonstration Forest is closed to the public. All road and trail use as well as camping is closed due to the dangerous conditions that are present, as well as the salvage logging which will be occurring. We will update the public as conditions warrant. ***"
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This is a special "secret spot". Seldom used , in my experience, with great single track. Even found a well done map at the info kiosk. My memories are of more challenging in the cardio arena verses mtn. bike skill set.
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What a ride! Great singletrack with killer climbs, long downhills, and never too technical. Great for most any rider provided he/she is willing to put in a hard-days work. We stayed on the 12.6-mile loop from the book, but there is so much more to ride/explore. Detailed trail maps are available for $1 donation, and are very accurate. We started around 10AM on a very hot day. Bring plenty of water (I finished a 1L camelback). Although it was hot out 95+F, most of the trail is shaded, and we had a gentle breeze for most of the ride, so it was never unbearable. I would think spring/fall are the ideal times to do the ride, but I would do it in the heat any day. Definitely a top-10 Bay Area ride.

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Trail Information

Lake County
Nearby City
Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Whispering Pines (trails not shown)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018