Description - Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area is only a 60-minute drive from metropolitan Los Angeles, and provides an easy getaway from city life. It is California's second largest off-road vehicular recreation area.
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Hungry Valley SVRA from the air
- Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area is only a 60-minute drive from metropolitan Los Angeles, and provides an easy getaway from city life. It is California's second largest off-road vehicular recreation area, has 19,000 acres of hills and valleys, grassland, coastal sage scrub and oak woodland. The terrain ranges from 2,600 feet to over 8,000 feet on adjoining Los Padres National Forest. To the west of the area is a 60-acre hike-in natural preserve that protects stands of valley oak and native grasses. In the spring, the area has wildflower viewing Ranger led tours. The park contains hills and valleys, grassland, scrub and oak woodlands. The park has more than 130 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and off-road enthusiasts. The area was originally known as "Honey Valley," but when dry farming proved to be unsuccessful, "Hungry Valley" soon became its name.
Recreation - Primitive camping is available in the park, featuring shade ramadas, barbecue pits, picnic tables, and pit toilets. There is no running water. 10 developed camp areas, 150 campsites with shade ramadas, fire rings, picnic tables and primitive toilets. * No hookups at campsites. No water.
4-Wheel Drive Obstacle Course open to the public. Motocross Track by permit only to promoters and organized clubs.
The park is a motorcycle, four-wheel drive, and all-terrain vehicle use area. Hungry Valley maintains 130 miles of marked trails for all levels of off-highway vehicle (OHV) operators and hikers, from flat and level trails to steep and narrow. (Additionally, there are over 150 miles of National Forest off-road routes available). Even though the park is primarily an OHV park, hikers and mountain bikers can access areas of the park unavailable to OHV operators.
Climate - The park has a very diverse climate. In the summer, temperatures can peak in the low 100s, and, in winter, temperatures can reach the low 20s. Snow storms occur seven or eight times a year. Spring and fall are the most popular times to visit the park. However, whenever visitors come to the park they should bring water, sunscreen, hats, and dress accordingly. Hikers should be aware that the park has ticks and chaparral, so shorts should not be worn.
Hungry Valley SVRA is located in Gorman, California off of the I-5 Freeway in the Tejon Pass, 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 55 miles south of Bakersfield. If traveling north on I-5, exit at the Gorman off-ramp. Turn left at the stop sign onto Gorman Post Road, traveling under the freeway. Make a right onto Peace Valley Road. The entrance to the park is one mile north on Peace Valley Road, to the left. (If traveling south on I-5, turn right under the freeway.)