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The mission of Snowlands Network is to protect opportunities for quality human-powered winter recreation and protect winter wildlands.

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Design For New Parking Lot At
Castle Valley Trailhead Released

Tahoe National Forest has released a preliminary design for a new parking facility at the Castle Valley Trailhead at Donner Summit. More details may be found on our Castle Valley Trailhead page, or you can go to the project page.

You may also submit comments on the proposed plan by July 1, 2024.

Tahoe National Forest
Snowmobile Plan Released

Tahoe National Forest has finally released their final Record of Decision for an Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) Use Designation project. This plan, over ten years in the making, determines where on the forest snowmobiles may go and where they are prohibited. The plan will not go into effect officially until the forest has issued an Over Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which they hope to have ready by next season. In the meantime, you can see how the forest will be managed in the future from this map, that was issued with the plan

You can learn more about the plan and how specific areas may be affected on our Tahoe page. You can also get plan documents and maps from the Forest Service project page:

Fall 2023 Newsletter Available

The latest issue of the Snowlands Bulletin is now available here. Read about the current status of California National Forest snowmobile plans, upcoming events, Rock Creek ski tours, a new parking lot planned for Castle Valley Trailhead, and new set of tour maps for GPS-enabled mobile devices.

Lassen Snowmobile Map Released

The Over Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM) for the new snowmobile management plan for Lassen National Forest has been placed on the Lassen website. The map reflects the outcome of the OSV Use Designation Project for Lassen that was started in 2014. The new area and route designations should go into effect now that the OSVUM has been published. There is no word from Lassen how the new plan will be enforced or how users will be educated about the new motorized restrictions. The OSVUM map specifies where snowmobiles are allowed to travel and where they are prohibited.

The OSV Use Map is available as a downloadable copy here.

Pinecrest Ski and Snowshoe Trail Guide

Snowlands Network is proud to make available to the public an up-to-date and accurate guide to the winter trails in the Pinecrest Area along Highway 108. The 14 marked trails begin at two trailheads, the Crabtree and Gooseberry, and connect at Burst Rock Junction. Within these trails there are opportunities for beginner through advanced tours.

We hope that you will enjoy this guide.

Lands Monitoring Program

Snowlands Network provides an easy method for anyone to report trespass, winter related conflicts and environmental damage.  The online reporting form is here. Snowlands will see that your report gets to the right agency.

The Colorado Mountain Club has created a smartphone app that will allow you to report backcountry conditions, including motor vehicle abuse and user conflicts. See their website here for details on how to use the Recreation Impact Monitoring System (RIMS) app to record and report backcountry conditions of all types.