Deer Valley

Markleeville, California 96120

Deer Valley

Deer Valley Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Start of trail is a long drive from any direction but the scenery is superb. Highways 88 and 4 are National Scenic Byways. The Upper and Lower Blue Lakes area is a popular recreation destination offering many places to camp, hike, bike and fish. Deer Valley Trail passes through a non wilderness corridor of the Mokelumne Wilderness. Stay on designated route. Serious rock obstacles and potentially deep water crossings. Not for stock SUVs. High clearance and lockers recommended."

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9/16/2011
This was a great trail with lots of challenging obstacles. Water crossings were just up to the bottom of the frame on a 1995 Jeep YJ with a 3.5” lift and 35” tires. We started at Hermit Valley (HWY 4) to Blue lakes campground, we took a wrong turn and followed Forestdale road out to Red Lake (HWY.88). There were snowboarders enjoying the last of the snow on the summit of Foresthill Rd. Snow in September...
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9/16/2007
Even this late in the year my stock 79 CJ7 had water above the floorboard - but the crossing was firm and very doable. I HIGHLY recommend at LEAST a 2" lift and 33 or larger tires. I had no lift and 31's but was continually scraping boulders. I needed all of the maneuverability my stubby little jeep could provide. Very scenic and a must do for sure but expect a few scrapes.
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7/7/2006
Vehicles: 1-2005 Rubicon Unlimited with 6" lift and 33" tires. 1-2006 Rubicon Unlimited with 4" lift and 33" tires. 1-1997 stock Wrangler pulling a homemade high clearence tear drop trailer. We tried the trail from the Lower Blue Lake side but the first stream crossing was WAY too deep. I nosed in about 20 feet until the water was over both front tires and the fan was chopping the at the water. I stopped just before the water was about to come into the cab and the nose was still going downhill. I had about 60 feet to go and wasn't even at the deep part yet. There was still a lot of snow higher up feeding the stream. We might try it again next month from the HWY 4 side. The mile of trail we were able to go on was a low end moderate or maybe a high end easy just because it was bumpy and not much of a challenge. The stock Jeep with the trailer had no problems. It was a great warm up to what is ahead but for now we will have to wait.
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3/14/2005
This is one of the best trails I have been on in this area. If your looking for an uncrowded Rubicon, this is the closest. Scenic trails with hard core four wheelin'. Be Rubicon ready in a few spots, but a 2 inch lift with a short wheel base will get er' done.
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Trail Information

Markleeville
Nearby City
6.6
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
ATVs and dirt bikes
Vehicles
Difficult
Difficulty
Allow about 3 hours
Duration
Eldorado National Forest
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