As many as 200 riders are expected to participate in the Diamond Back Hare Scrambles motorcycle race, Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4, at the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area near Doyle. Trail access will be available only to participants while the races are underway. Spectators are welcome at designated viewing areas. File photo

Motorcycle races coming for Fort Sage area; some trail access will be limited

Up to 200 riders are expected to participate in the Diamond Back Hare Scrambles motorcycle race, Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4, at the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area near Doyle. Trail access will be available only to participants while the races are underway. Spectators are welcome at designated viewing areas.

Participants and visitors can camp overnight at the main Widowmaker Trailhead on the East side of the entrance road. Single-day visitors will use parking areas along the access roads. Facemasks are required on all areas of BLM-managed public lands where at least 6 feet of distancing is not possible between individuals.

“We have worked with race organizers to lay out a new course this year,” said Emily Ryan, manager of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville. “It will provide challenges for the riders and avoid areas where fire recovery is underway. We are pleased to provide this site for competitive dirt bike riders.”

To reach the Widowmaker Trailhead, take the Laver Crossing Road (just north of Doyle) east from Highway 395. Turn right on Hackstaff Road, then turn left onto Fort Sage Road. Follow the road about 7 miles to the trailhead. The route will be marked with flags and signs.

The Lassen Motorcycle Club and the Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada sponsor this race under a special recreation permit from the BLM. The organizers will provide course marshals, and the BLM will provide law enforcement rangers and staff to help monitor the event.

For more information, call Marisa Williams at the BLM office in Susanville at 252-5303. More information about the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area is available by visiting blm.gov/visit/fort-sage.