Bartlett Springs Road     
Mendocino National Forest  (View this site)
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25.9 Miles - point to point
1359' - 3937'
Year round

Bartlett Springs Road is a great family trial and is suitable for stock vehicles. Mendocino National Forest offers plenty of trails, hiking, camping and fishing. Allow for a full day to run Bartlett Springs Road or stay the weekend and enjoy all this area has to offer. The trail boasts some spectacular views and rich history. During the winter months Bartlett Springs Road can become muddy, rutted with the possibility of a snow pack conditions in the winter. Rain and snow may quickly change road conditions. During heavy winters the road may also remain impassable. As always plan you trip accordingly and for the unexpected.

Trailhead - Bartlett Springs Road begins a few miles outside of Lucerne. What is known as the Barns Yard, previously walnut orchards, is now home to two new wineries, as of 2004.

Tulip Hill Winery is located next to Bartlett Springs Road and resides in a warehouse once used to bottle Bartlett Springs mineral water. The water was loaded by truck in Bartlett Springs and trucked down the mountain to the bottling warehouse. With similar soil characteristics to Napa Valley many wineries have found their way to Lake County.

Mendocino National Forest - Mendocino National Forest is California's only national forest not crossed by a paved road. This fact makes this area very attractive for those seeking a great outdoor experience miles from all. Bartlett Springs Road enters the forest in it's southeastern edge and travels through its southern tip, offering Hundreds of miles of trails, hunting, fishing, camping and breathtaking views will make this a place to remember.

Deer Valley Road Junction - Turn left here onto Deer Valley Road to Pinnacle Rock or continue straight on Bartlett Springs Road to Indian Valley Reservoir and Bartlett Springs Resort.

With elevations topping 4,500 feet it is not uncommon to experience ice and snow. While not always visible at lake level Bartlett Mountain and surrounding mountains may contain several feet of snow. At times the road may be impassable do to snow fall. Plan you trip accordingly.

Service Road 16N01 - From Deer Valley Road turn right onto service road 16N01, as marked on the trail. This road is the least maintained of the trip. There are some small ruts and while four wheel drive is not usually required it may be necessary during the wet months.

Pinnacle Rock - Pinnacle Rock acted as a fire station lookout through the 1940's. The rock steps circling to the top of pinnacle rock and an anchor within the rocks peak are the only evidence left behind.

From this vantage point one can survey most of the southern tip of Mendocino National Forest. On a clear day the Sutter Buttes can be seen to the east, over 50 miles away!

North Fork Bartlett Creek - The crossing at North Fork Bartlett Creek has the option of fording the creek or crossing a small bridge. While the creek depth is shallow here it may require four wheel drive and the depth greatly increases in the winter and spring. Use caution and always scout unknown water crossings.

Bartlett Springs Resort - During the late 1800's natural springs became a very popular tourist destination and Bartlett Springs was no exception. Construction began in 1870 and during its prime Bartlett Springs Resort was known as a first class resort with five hotels, 350 cabins, a large gazebo for entertainment, mineral spring pools and other buildings serving its one thousand guest capacity. In 1934 a wildfire destroyed the resort and the idea of rebuilding was abandoned. Today only a few structures remain including some cabins, the gazebo and pool foundations.

Indian Valley Reservoir - Indian Valley Reservoir is known for its great Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout fishing. While the long dirt road and motorboat restrictions, under 10MPH, keep the crowds to a minimum. There is primitive camping around the lake as well as great ATV, dirt bike and more challenging 4x4 trails.

Trail Maps      

GPS Waypoints   (GPX)
Mendocino National Forest - JPG   (US Forest Service)
Mendocino National Forest - PDF   (US Forest Service)
Northern Upper Lake OHVA Map   (US Forest Service)
Southern Upper Lake OHVA Map   (US Forest Service)
Bartlett Mountain   (USGS Topo)
Bartlett Springs   (USGS Topo)
Benmore Canyon   (USGS Topo)
Clearlake Oaks   (USGS Topo)
Hough Springs   (USGS Topo)
Lucerne   (USGS Topo)

Trail Photographs      

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Books      

Peter Massey: Backcountry Adventures Northern Californ...

Directions      

From Interstate 5 - Sacramento
- Head North on Interstate 5 to Williams (55 Miles)
- Exit West on Highway 20 (approximately 53 Miles)
- The trailhead is on your right, next to Tulip Hill Winery on Bartlett Springs Road. (1.2 Miles beyond Lucerne)

From Bay Area (104 Miles)
- Head East on Interstate 80 to North Highway 29
- Go North on Highway 29 for approximately (71 Miles)
- Continue North on Highway 53 for approximately (7.5 Miles)
- Turn left, West, on Highway 20 (16 Miles)
- The trailhead is on your right, next to Tulip Hill Winery on Bartlett Springs Road. (1.2 Miles beyond Lucerne)

Waypoint Coordinates      

  Trailhead39° 06' 47.4" N- 122° 49' 08.7" W
  Mendocino National Forest39° 07' 00.3" N- 122° 47' 57.4" W
  Deer Valley Road Junction39° 08' 03.7" N- 122° 46' 36.4" W
  Service Road 16N0139° 09' 03.4" N- 122° 46' 17.9" W
  Pinnacle Rock39° 08' 51.9" N- 122° 45' 54.4" W
  North Fork Bartlett Creek39° 10' 54.9" N- 122° 43' 07.5" W
  Bartlett Springs Resort39° 11' 01.0" N- 122° 42' 15.0" W
  Indian Valley Reservoir39° 09' 11.4" N- 122° 32' 54.5" W