There are hundreds of miles of great trails in foothills and high country here in the SierraOutdoorRecreation.com backyard. Year-round equestrian trails are another one of the beauties of living in this area.
Horseback trail riding is allowed on most trails on public lands as is primitive, dispersed camping outside of developed campgrounds within the National Forests. As listed below, several developed campgrounds have horse facilities.
SierraOutdoorRecreation.com lists trails that are favorite trails for equestrians as well as those trails prohibited to horse use by the managing agency because of resource conflicts. We also indicate those trails where horse use is discouraged because trails are unsuitable or unsafe for horses.
A few rules to keep in mind before you saddle up: There are no forage or feed requirements in our area, but within National Forests we are asked to pack in feed for stock. Tying stock within immediate camping area is discouraged. Instead, stock should be tied, picketed, or hobbled in dry areas to minimize trampling damage. Don't tie or picket stock near lakes. For longer periods, tie horses to a high line stretched between two sturdy trees. If trees are used as ties, they should be at least eight inches in diameter and used for short stops only.
SierraOutdoorRecreation.com also discusses campgrounds and trails under each of the nine Area Guides as well as Lakes & Reservoirs; and Camping and Picnicking. Additional detail is listed for all users. See individual Area Maps. Following is a list of favorite equestrian areas; only those developed campgrounds listed below are available for equestrian use.