The Dirt: Ft. Sage



The Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area is located in the high desert region of northeastern California outside the town of Doyle. The area is easily accessible, about 45 miles north of Reno, Nevada. The special Recreation Management Area consists of approximately 28,598 acres of public land that is managed for off-highway vehicle use such as motorcycles, ATV’s, Side by Sides, and 4wd.

There are developed OHV staging areas within Fort Sage with graveled access roads accessible to 2-wheel drive vehicles and green/red sticker legal vehicles. Per county ordinance 2011-007 OHV’s can legally ride on the CR 327 Fort Sage Road and CR 344 Summers Road.

Vehicle use within the recreation area is limited to the 100 miles of designated roads and trails and is appropriate for motorcycle, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and 4-wheel drive vehicles. The trails are marked with numbered signs displaying difficulty rating and recommended vehicle type depending on the width of the trail. The routes traverse a wide variety of terrain ncluding flat, sandy, high desert sagebrush country and rocky, steep canyons and gulches.

Operation and maintenance of the facilities, roads and trails within the Fort Sage OHV area are funded in part, by the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. n October 2018, the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office will finish constructing the Diamondback and Raptor Trailheads located on the Fort Sage entrance road about .03 miles east of the Fort Sage Trailhead.


From Susanville to Fort Sage:

  • Take Highway 395 South for about 38 miles to Laver Crossing Road, just north of Doyle.
  • Turn left, and follow Laver Crossing Road Southeast for 1.4 miles to Hackstaff Rd.
  • Turn right, and travel 1.2 miles South to Ft. Sage Rd.
    • The entrance to the OHV Recreation Area, Diamondback Trailhead, is about 1 mile further.

From Reno to Fort Sage:

  • Head North on Highway 395 for about 45 miles.
  • Turn right onto Doyle Loop Rd, then continue for ½ mile to Hackstaff Road.
  • Continue travelling East on Hakcstaff Road east for 2.1 miles to Ft. Sage Rd, then turn right. Trailhead is about 1 mile further.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

More Trail Info...

BLM Field Office – Eagle Lake
2550 Riverside Dr.
Susanville, CA 96130

Telephone: (530) 257-0456

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For local regulations regarding OHV use on county roads, visit the BLM OHV Website https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/OHV.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

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