Iron Mountain Sno-Park
The Iron Mountain Sno-Park in Amador County is located off of Highway 88 on the Mormon-Emigrant Trail Road 51 miles east of Jackson. The Iron Mountain is one of four sno-parks in the Carson Pass area and is within the El Dorado National Forest. The Hope Valley, Meiss Meadow, and Carson Pass Sno-Parks are northeast of Iron Mountain on Highway 88. Kirkwood Mountain Resort is 13 miles east of here on Highway 88.
The Iron Mountain Sno-Park contains groomed snowmobile and cross-country trails. There are no sled slopes here, but other snow play activities are recommended. Dog sledding and snowshoeing are also recommended.
Iron Mountain Sno-Park is open from November 1 through May 30. Sno-Park permits are required, and are available from several nearby vendors or online.
Sno-Park Permit Vendors
Iron Mountain Sno-Park permits are available online from the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Office or from designated vendors in the area. A full listing of Northern California Sno-Park vendors can be found here.
Amador Ranger District (ENFIA), 26820 Silver Drive, Pioneer, Ca. 95666, (209) 295-4251
Kirkwood Mountain Resort General Store, 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, Ca. 95646, (209) 258-7294
Buckhorn Plaza Hardware, 26659 Tiger Creek Road, Pioneer, Ca. 95666, (209) 295-8800
Kyburz Towing & Mini Mart, 13686 Highway 50, Kyburz, Ca. 95720, (530) 293-3232
Carson City Ranger Station (ESIA), 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City, Nv. 89701, (775) 882-2766
Sno-Park Permit Sales, California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, 1725 23rdStreet, #200, Sacramento, Ca. 95816, (916) 324-1222 and (916) 324-4442
California State Parks Division of Vehicular Recreation Sno-Park Program
Sno-parks provide access to cross country ski trails, snowmobile routes, and snow play areas. Sno-parks are operated by the California State Parks and Recreation Office of Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation (OHMVR) in cooperation with the United States Forest Service. All of the sno-parks in California are in the Sierra Nevada’s, and are open from November 1 through May 30. The California Sno-Park Hotline can be reached at (916) 324-1222. Sno-Parks operated by the state are designated by brown signs located along highways.
There are 19 sno-parks operated by the OHMVR, and permits are required for each one. Day permits for $5 and season permits for $25 are available from designated Sno-Park vendors, by mail from OHMVR, or on-line. On-line purchases are subject to an additional $1.95 service fee. Permits must be displayed on the left side of the dashboard, and clearly seen from the outside of the vehicle. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and parking at a Sno-Park without a permit may result in a $94.50 fine. California Sno-Park permits are also valid in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sanitation facilities are provided at each of the parks. Camping, littering, and over-night parking are prohibited.
The Sno-Parks are located in areas that can experience road closures in harsh weather conditions. Call CalTrans at 1-800-427-7623 or check the CalTrans website to get information on roadway conditions when planning your trip, and carry chains and a shovel. Winter recreation can be hazardous, so it is important you consider your skill level, wear proper clothing, have respect for the terrain and park rules and regulations, and adhere to posted warnings for your safety.
A printable brochure of Sno-Park locations is available from the OHMVR website and can be found here.
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Rules and Regulations
There are two cross-country ski trails accessible from the Iron Mountain Sno-Park. They are both intermediate-level trails.
The Anderson Ridge Trail System contains 8 miles of cross-country trails that follow through rolling terrain. The trails are marked with blue diamonds on wooden signs. Cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers share the area.
The Leek Springs Trail is an 8 mile round-trip trail. The beginning of the trail has shared access with snowmobilers. The trail follows Plummer Ridge over rolling terrain to the Leek Springs Lookout. The trail is marked with orange and blue diamonds.
The El Dorado Nordic Ski Patrol works in the backcountry areas of the El Dorado National Forest. They offer emergency first-aid and provide assistance to emergency responders. They also offer classes in winter backcountry skills and lead backcountry tours. The El Dorado Nordic Ski Patrol provides excellent information about cross-country skiing in the Sierras.
Approximate Operating Season
November 1 - May 30