Hungry Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area
Hungry Valley General Information
Welcome to Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). Hungry Valley is the second largest unit of California State Park's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Located in the Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles and along the Interstate 5 corridor, Hungry Valley offers 19,000 acres and over 130 miles of scenic trails for motorcycle, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), dune buggies, and 4x4 recreation. All levels of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) operator skills will be challenged by the wide variety of terrain and trails at Hungry Valley SVRA.
Elevations at Hungry Valley range from 3,000 to nearly 6,000 feet. Occasional snowfalls occur during the winter. Summers are most often hot, dry and dusty. The most pleasant times of the year for OHV fun are during the Spring and Fall months when the temperatures are mild and occasional rain showers make for good traction and reduced dust. Nighttime temperatures often drop below freezing in the Spring and Fall, as well as during the Winter.
The wide variety of trails at Hungry Valley provides excitement for both beginner and experienced off-roaders. For experienced OHVers challenging trails can be found in the hills and sand washes of the back- country section of the SVRA. Beginners can enjoy the scenery and relative ease of the trails in the Native Grasslands Management Area. Trails in the adjoining Los Padres National Forest are recommended for experienced riders only.
Recreational Land Management
Providing long-term, sustained OHV recreation opportunity is a top priority in SVRA Management. Provisions in California law require actions to stabilize soils and to provide for healthy wildlife populations in OHV recreation areas. Projects are ongoing to stabilize soil areas by reshaping slopes, reseeding and replanting bare areas. Vegetation creates wildlife habitat while plant roots help stabilize the soil. Project areas are temporarily closed to OHV use through the use of barriers, such as fences, hay bales, brush piles and signing. Where possible, well-designed OHV trails are provided through project areas. Other project areas may be closed for a number of years before being opened again for OHV use. Your understanding and support in staying out of areas closed for restoration helps ensure OHV recreation opportunities for years to come.
Where to get help
The State Park Rangers who patrol Hungry Valley SVRA are peace officers, who are trained Emergency Medical Responders. Entrance station employees and park maintenance personnel can also summon medical help. If no State Park personnel are available, dial 911 from any telephone. Four emergency call boxes are located through the main valley of the park. Pay phones are located at many business locations in Gorman. Cellular telephone coverage is intermittent throughout most of the SVRA. There are no emergency medical facilities in Gorman. The nearest hospital to Hungry Valley SVRA is Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, located approximately 30 miles to the south in Valencia. To drive to the hospital, take Interstate Highway 5 south to the McBean Parkway exit and turn left (east) on McBean Parkway. Henry Mayo Hospital is located approximately one mile from I-5 on the left-hand side at 23845 McBean Parkway.
OHV Recreation Opportunities
Land within Hungry Valley SVRA is divided into use zones, each with specific allowable OHV use. Soils in many areas within Hungry Valley erode rapidly when disturbed. The zone system has been developed to enhance OHV operator safety and enjoyment and to reduce the need for extensive and costly soil erosion control work.
Trails and Maps
Over 4,000 acres are available for open riding. OHV use in this zone is not restricted to designated trails and is allowed in virtually all locations within this zone. The open riding zone contains a variety of terrain, from flat areas and sand washes to rolling hills and steep hill climb areas.Camping is available in over 2,000 acres throughout the Open Use
Trails Use Zone
Over 130 miles of trail have been developed within the 15,000 acres in the Trail Use Zone. In this zone, OHV use is restricted to designated trails only. Developed trails have been named and are signed with white trailside markers.
Quail Canyon Motocross Track
he Quail Canyon Off-Road Event Area is located in the eastern portion of Hungry Valley SVRA and contains the Quail Canyon Motocross Track. Use of the closed course Motocross track is open to the public unless there is a race or other special event scheduled. This 1.2 mile long track is considered to be one of the finest natural terrain Motocross tracks in existence. For more information regarding the track, contact the state concessionaire at (818) 700-3559. Street legal vehicles can access the Quail Canyon facility by taking the Quail Lake Road exit off Interstate 5 and turning left on Peace Valley road. All trails in the Quail Canyon area are open for general public use, except during organized special events.
Oak Woodland Natural Preserve
For a change of pace, an easy half mile hike will bring you to this 60 acre natural preserve in the northwest area of Hungry Valley SVRA. Here a natural seep provides water for immense valley oaks and native grasses that can not be found growing together anywhere else in California. To protect this unique plant community for future generations to enjoy, this small natural preserve is permanently closed to OHV use.
Native Grasslands Management Area
Before the coming of the Spanish, large areas of California were covered by native perennial bunch grasses. The grasses adapted to an annual cycle of burning and regrowing, but could not withstand the heavy grazing by the herds of cattle and horses introduced by the Spanish and American ranchers and the tilling of the soil to grow crops. Most of California's native grassland areas disappeared once non-native plants species were introduced. Despite the many years of use for farming and ranching, Hungry Valley is home to one of the finest examples of native grasslands remaining in California today. The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division is committed to managing and preserving the native grasses. Rather than prohibiting OHV use in the native grassland areas, OHV use is permitted on a system of designated trails. Look for the signs designating the Native Grasslands Management Area. Please support the SVRA's management program, and help ensure continued OHV use in these areas for years to come by staying on the trails.
A mini-track is open for public use near the Smith Forks Campground. The one-acre mini-track is completely fenced off from the general riding area and is designed specifically for beginning riders on 90cc or smaller motorcycles and ATVs. The track contains a series of twists, turns and small jumps and is an ideal area for parents to supervise and coach young riders developing their riding skills in a controlled, safe environment.
Four-Wheel Drive Practice Area
A 10-acre site adjacent to the Aliklik Campground has been developed to provide an area where 4-wheel drive enthusiasts may test their personal capabilities and that of their vehicles. The practice area contains eight man-made features that replicate conditions and terrain found throughout California's backcountry. Visitors may operate their 4-wheel drive vehicles on their own, or join a formal safety and operations class conducted by California Association of 4-Wheel Drive Clubs certified instructors. For information on classes offered at Hungry Valley, call (800) 494-3866.
A 15-acre site adjacent to the Four-Wheel Drive Practice Area has been developed with a one-mile long practice track for motorcycles 100 cc or larger. This track is open for public use and consists of several different types of jumps, twists, turns and terrain to challenge even the most experienced rider.
Off-Highway Vehicle Safety
Operating an OHV can be an exciting, yet dangerous, adventure. You can minimize your chance of injury and maximize your enjoyment through the exercise of common sense, intelligent vehicle operation, utilizing safety apparel and equipment, and by extending courtesy and respect to others on off-highway roads and trails.
Park Camping Zone
Camping is available in over 2000 acres throughout the Open Use/Camping Zone at Hungry Valley SVRA. Ten semi-developed campgrounds are furnished with a vault restroom and refuse disposal container. Each of the 150 campsites feature a shade Ramada, picnic table, and a fire ring. Neither drinking nor non-potable water is available anywhere within the recreation area - water will need to be in containers and brought into the park.
No reservations are necessary as camping is on a first come, first serve basis. Overnight camping fee is ten dollars ($10.00) per night and is collected at the park entrance kiosks.
Campsites in the Local Area
Fort Tejon State Historic Park offers group camping only, for 25 to 50 persons, sites have drinking water and portable toilets, reservations are made through MISTIX 800.444.7275
U.S. Forest Service Both Los Padres and Angeles National Forests operate campgrounds in the surrounding area. Contact the Forest Service Ranger Districts for current closure information and reservation information.
Campsites within the Los Padres National Forest include: McGill, Mt. Pinos, Chula Vista, Pine Springs, Thorn Meadows, Gold Hill and Kings. (Call 661.245.3731 Ranger District)
Campsites within the Angeles National Forest include: Los Alamos, Saw Mill, Lower Shake, Cottonwood, Cienega, Zuni and Oak Flat. (Call 661.296.9710 Ranger District) No reservations required at all campsites.
Source: California State Park Web Site
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