Stanislaus National Forest Suffered Extensive Damage Closing Four Popular National Forest Access Roads

SONORA, California – Roads on Stanislaus National Forest suffered extensive damage from winter storms and many will remain closed until at least 2018, including four popular roads. Forest officials warn all the damage has yet to be assessed.

Cottonwood Road (1N04) on Groveland and Mi-Wok districts, Beardsley Day Use Road (4N29) and Hell’s Hollow (5N95) on Summit District and Spicer Road (7N01) on Calaveras District sustained extensive damage.

“The record winter storms caused landslides and road failures on many Forest roads,” said Scott Tangenberg, Stanislaus National Forest’s Acting Forest Supervisor. “Much of the Forest is still covered in deep snow and our staff haven’t been able to inspect roads covered with as much as 14 feet of snow.”

Tangenberg signed Forest Closure Order STF-16-2017-03, which identifies which roads are closed. The closures are in effect from April 25, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018. A closure order is the official document that outlines those conditions on the Forest that mean roads and recreation sites cannot safely be traveled due to damage.

“The Forest was severely damaged by the storms and snow events and these roads are among some of the hardest hit. We simply cannot verify that these roads are safe to travel,” Tangenberg said. “We expect to learn of additional failures, slumping or slides on these and other roads. We ask our visitors to respect the closures – these roads are just not safe.”

“We recognize how important these roads are to our local communities’ economic health, but Mother Nature decided to end our five-year drought with more water than the Forest could sustain,” Tangenberg said. “We are working with the Federal Highways Administration to help fund repairs for the numerous failures.”

Road failures will impact some popular camping and day use areas, Tangenberg said. “Many of these roads are the primary access to areas like the State Game Reserve and popular camping areas. We just aren’t certain there is any reliable road access to these areas, but until we are, some camping areas and other recreation sites are closed.”

A list of known road and recreation site closures is posted on the Stanislaus National Forest home page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/stanislaus/stormdamage. Visitors will find a map of closed roads and recreation sites, photos and closure orders. The maps and closure lists will be updated regularly, with the date clearly noted. “These documents will be snapshots of what we know about Forest conditions. We know they will change as we are able to access and inspect roads and recreation sites,” Tangenberg said.


Between January and March 2017, a series of strong storms hit California, causing extensive damage to roads, trails, infrastructure, and ecosystems on all national forests in the state. Stanislaus National Forest suffered landslides and road failures on all ranger districts.

To see a map of the extent of the damage, click on the Forest Closure Area Map link on the right. The maps and the damage list are as of April 24, 2017 and will be updated each Wednesday. Updated information will include the date it was posted to the web page. Photos may be viewed on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfsregion5/with/33905889850/.

The Forest Closure orders may be viewed on the link at right. The areas listed in the Forest Closure orders will be closed until at least Dec. 31, 2018.

Under normal conditions, seasonally closed roads open in mid-April. The record amounts of snow mean many roads may remain impassible for many weeks past that date. View extended seasonal closures due to weather conditions.

The following roads were damaged over the winter and are closed until repairs are made:

Damaged Roads and Trails

Summit Ranger District (Highway 108)
Road Name Status Closure Description
5N95 (Hell’s Half Acre Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 5N95, from its intersection with Forest Road No. 5N02, continuing north to its intersection with National Forest System Road No. 5N29.
4N29 (Beardsley Day Use Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 4N29, from its intersection with Forest Road No. 5N02 then continuing northeast to its termination at Beardsley Lake Day Use Area. Affected Areas-Beardsley Lake Day Use Area and Beardsley Boat Ramp
5N02 (Beardsley Dam Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 5N02, from its intersection with historic Forest Road No. 4N07 then continuing north to its intersection with the National Forest System Road 5N14.
5N09X (4700′ Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 5N09X, from its intersection with Forest Road No. 5N95 then continuing north to its termination at Donnell Dam.
Calaveras Ranger District (Highway 4)
Road Name Status Closure Description
7N01 (Spicer Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 7N01 (Spicer Road), from its intersection with State Highway 4 continuing to its terminus. Affected areas-Spicer Reservoir campground and Spicer Day Use Area, Union and Utica campgrounds.
4N38 (McKays Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 4N38 (McKays Road), from the gate at approximately MP 5.3 continuing to the gate at the Beaver Creek Reservoir Dam.
5N14 (Boards Crossing Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 5N14, from the intersection with FS Road 5N02 then continuing to the intersection with FS Road 6N17.
7N17 (Slick Rock Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 7N17 (Slick Rock Road), from FS Boundary /Private Property Line at the western end of Lake Alpine to the intersection with FS Road 7N01 (Spicer Road).
4N80Y (Candy Rock Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 4N80Y (Candy Rock Road), from the gate approximately 2.5 miles from highway 4 then continuing to its terminus.
Mi-Wok Ranger District (Highway 108)
Road Name Status Closure Description
1N04 (Cottonwood Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 1N04 (Cottonwood Road), from its intersection with Forest Road No. 2N13 then continuing east to its intersection with Forest Road No. 1N76Y.
Groveland Ranger District (Highway 120)
Road Name Status Closure Description
3N01 Closed National Forest System Road No. 3N01, from its intersection with Forest Road No. 1N04 continuing south to its intersection with Forest Road No.  1N88.
1N01 (Buchanan Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 1N01 from its intersection with Forest Road No. 1N41 continuing east to its intersection with Forest road 1N69
1N01 Closed National Forest System Road No. 1N01 from its intersection with Forest road 1N08 continuing south and then east to its intersection with Forest Road 1N10
1N10 (Lumsden Road) Closed National Forest System Road No. 1N10, (Lumsden Road) from its intersection with Forest Road No. 1N01 continuing south to the intersection of the South Fork, (Tuolumne River) Campground. Affected areas- Lumsden Bridge Campground. Temporary Closed – Lumsden Campground, South Fork
2S30 (Crocker Ridge) Closed National Forest System Road No. 2S30, (Crocker Ridge) from its intersection with Hardin Flat Road continuing south to its termination point at the intersection of Forest Road No. 2S01 (Five Corners).
2S64 Closed National Forest System Road No. 2S64 from its intersection with Forest Road No. 1S12 continuing south to its termination point at Forest Road No. 1S13.
1S13 (Packard Canyon) Closed National Forest System Road No. 1S13 (Packard Canyon) from its intersection with Forest Road No. 1S66 continuing east to it termination point at Forest Road No. 1S12
2S02 (Bull Creek) Closed National Forest System Road No. 2S02 (Bull Creek) from its intersection with Forest Road No. 2S74 continuing north to its termination point at Forest Road No. 2S01 (Five Corners).
2S01 (Old Yosemite Coulterville) Closed National Forest System Road No. 2S01 (Old Yosemite Coulterville) from its intersection with Forest Road No. 2S66 continuing east to Forest Road No. 1S12 (Five Corners)
1S14 Closed National Forest Road No. 1S14 from Deer Lick Creek continuing north to Forest Road No 2S62.

As you plan your next visit to Stanislaus National Forest, please contact your local Ranger District office or visit our web page for current information on roads and conditions.

Stanislaus NF Supervisor’s Office:  209-532-3671

Calaveras Ranger District:  209-795-1381

Groveland Ranger District 209-962-7825

Mi-Wok Ranger District at 209-586-3234

Summit Ranger District at 209-965-3434

https://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus/