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Snowlands Network

Mission Statement

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

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Stanislaus Snowmobile Management Plan In Effect

A new snowmobile management plan for Stanislaus National Forest is now in effect with the publishing of an Over Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), released on January 21, 2022. The OSVUM map specifies where snowmobiles are allowed to travel and where they are prohibited. The plan opens 13.2% of the forest to snowmobiles. Much of the forest land designated by the 1991 Forest Plan as near-natural, non-motorized is now closed to motorized recreation. Previously, because of the lack of forest orders to legally close these areas, snowmobiles had been using them in spite of their non-motorized designation.

The OSV Use Map is available as a downloadable copy here and as a paper version at forest offices. See our Stanislaus Winter Travel Management page for more information and links.

Snowlands Now Hosting Backcountry Ski Tours

Snowlands Network is now hosting the online backcountry ski tour guides based on Marcus Libkind's guide book series Ski Tours in the Sierra Nevada. Thirty-five tours in the Lassen area have recently been added to the site. There are now more than 280 tours available, and work is continuing on adding more, including tours in the Eastern Sierra. Eventually, more tours in Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon national parks will be added.

As part of this transition, the tour descriptions have been reformatted so that the tours will display better on small-screen devices such as smart phones and tablets. The map pan and zoom features are much improved, along with the quality of the maps.

Click on the link below to access the new tour site.

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.