The Dusy Ershim Trail
The Dusy Ershim OHV Trail is located just east of Madera, CA in the Sierras. And as the name implies, it is a bit of a dusy. Not because it is overly tough, though I would not venture onto this trail with sufficient vehicle clearance and the know-how to navigate over numerous boulders, but it’s a dusy because it is just non-stop rocks. Small rocks, large rocks and even more rocks. You are basically a bobblehead the entire trail. Though it is one pretty trail.
The last stop for gas, food, etc is at Shaver Lake. From my understanding there are two ways to hop onto the main Dusy Ershim trail, we took the route from the southern end of Courtright Reservoir, in which you have to cross quite dusy of a dam. But once you get across, the trailhead is just a short distance away and it is literally a rock crawl to one of the campgrounds. From there, it’s just good’ol wheelin’.
We did not make it the full distance on this trip. We had a lot in our group and two vehicles broke some things on the trail so we deemed it best we don’t try to continue and make it harder to get the vehicles out if more issues arose. Though I have to say, this group is quite the mechanically inclined bunch, having a welder and spare metal parts available.
All in all, if you have the vehicle and skillset, I’d check out this trail, the vehicles are amazing. Though those of you with wide vehicles, there was a ton of squeeze spots between trees, many Jeeps rubbed them regularly trying to get through.