Snowmobiling is allowed on most Eldorado National Forest land whenever the snow pack is at least 12 inches deep. Snowmobiles are not allowed in wilderness areas and some areas bordering the wilderness, on groomed cross country ski trails, and alpine ski resorts. Snowmobiles are not allowed in the Loon Lake area. In some areas snowmobiles are restricted to designated roads such as around Sierra at Tahoe.
That leaves a lot of roads and acerage available for snowmobiling. Among the most popular areas are the Crystal Basin and along roads leading south toward Carson Pass, such as the Mormon Emigrant Trail Road and Silver Fork Road.
Caution should always be taken when venturing out into the back country on snowmobiles during the winter. Sudden changes in conditions, break-downs, accidents, and avalanches are only some of the dangers that snowmobile drivers must consider. The inclusion of a snowmobile route in this guide does not mean that it is safe under all conditions.
The Sierra Avalanche Center provides information about avalanche conditions in the Sierra from Yuba Pass in the north to Ebbetts Pass in the south. Visit their website at Sierra Avalanche Center.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Carson Ranger District Winter Recreation Guide shows snowmobiling areas on the east side of Ebbetts Pass and includes a lot of good information about snowmobiling safety.
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Kiddie Track at the Mont Bleu Track for ages 6-12, $25 for 10 minutes
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Echo Lake Sno-Park at Echo Summit serves as a great base for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, but snowmobiling is not allowed there.
For information about Echo lake SnoPark, see, Echo Summit Snow Play.
The 25-mile long Mormon Emigrant Trail Road runs from Jenkinson Lake in Sly Park up to Highway 88, the Carson Pass highway. In the winter it is closed to wheeled traffic but open from snowmobilers. At Highway 88 the road connects with Iron Mountain snowmobile routes and the expansive Silver Bear Snowmobile Trail system. You can see maps and find more information about Iron Mountain and Silver Bear snowmobile trials on our sister website: Carson Pass Snowmobiling.
At the north end of Lake Tahoe around Donner Summit (Interstate 80) are miles of spectacular snowmobile trails. Among the most popular are the areas around Prosser Hills and Little Truckee Summit. For all the great snowmobile routes, see Around Donner Summit.
On Carson Pass, a few miles to the south, are four Sno-Parks along with dedicated snowmobiling routes. The Hope Valley area, a favorite with snowmobilers, is just a short drive south from Meyers on Highway 89. Find maps and complete information on Up and Over Carson Pass.
Not much farther south is the exciting Ebbetts Pass country with more snowmobiling opportunities. From the east side, head out from Markleeville up Highway 4 toward the high country. On the west slope take advantage of SnoParks at Lake Alpine and on the road to Spicer Meadow Reservoir. To learn more, visit Ebbetts Pass Adventures.
To the south on Sonora Pass is a great snowmobile route begining at the Sno-Park near Strawberry and winding up Highway 108 to Kennedy Meadows. Find the information on Sonora Pass Vacations.