Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area is Open to Snowmobiles!

Bridgeport, California, Jan. 29, 2021 – The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Bridgeport Ranger District is now open for snowmobiling.


Due to the recent storm avalanche conditions are very dangerous. Much of the BWRA is avalanche terrain that can pose hazards to winter reactionists. It is advised that visitors educate themselves on safe riding practices and hazard mitigation. For the most up to date conditions and snowpack summary visit the Bridgeport Avalanche Center’s website at:

Before you leave the trailhead, have a riding plan and visit Know Before You Go at for further information about safe snowmobiling practices. For further avalanche safety information, sign up for our free avalanche awareness class Feb 5th and 6th. Further class information can be found on our website at

Permits are required for each person/snowmobile entering the BWRA. They are free and can be obtained online at Self-issued permits are also available at the People’s Gate kiosk. 

Snowmobiles must be registered with visible stickers. Motorized use in wilderness areas is strictly prohibited.


For up to date information about the BWRA, follow the Bridgeport Avalanche Center on social media on Instagram, or Facebook

Patchy Snow in the BWRA

USFS personnel posted photos of the thin snowpack at the Leavitt Lake turnoff and by Sardine Canyon. The snowpack depth at Leavitt Lake is the third lowest snowpack depth since 1990. The BWRA remains closed.

Christmas Day snowpit and observations

Head's up for all users! Forest Service personnel found extremely weak snow off the groomed road near Sonora Pass.  Depending on how much new snow falls Sunday night and Monday, be advised that avalanche conditions could be dangerous on steep, north facing slopes.

The snowpack is weak and if a slide is triggered, the avalanche could take out the entire snowpack and run long distances through rocks and other obstacles.

Expect updates on Monday Dec. 28 2020.

Christmas Eve day update

USFS personnel recorded snow depths at the Leavitt Lake/Highway 108 junction and found 11 inches of snow. We need 24 inches to officially open the BWRA. For now, the BWRA will remain closed to motorsports until the minimum snow levels required to open are met.

If you are going to recreate in the BWRA despite the closure, please stay on the roads! Snow bridges over streams could fail and we want to avoid damaging vegetation.

There is snow in the forecast for Friday and Sunday nights. Snow conditions will be re-evaluated next week.

WINTER 2020-2021

Low tide snow conditions. Bare asphalt on the switchbacks. Snow bridges are not strong enough to support snowmobiles. Please stay on the roads.