Oak Trees at Fort Ord National Monument.
Fort Ord Public Lands Mountain Bike Event San Benito Mountain Conifer detail Prescribed Fire and a Valley Oak Blunt Nosed Leopard Lizard detail California Poppies
BLM>California>Central Coast>Recreation>Clear Creek Management Area
Print Page
Central Coast Field Office

Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) 

Clear Creek Management Area in Snow
Clear Creek Management Area in Snow (BLM photo)

Clear Creek Management Area Map

Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) encompasses approximately 75,000 acres (63,000 public acres) managed by the Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office.

Recreational opportunities include hunting, camping, hobby gem/mineral collecting, and scenic touring. Hobby gem and mineral collectors are drawn to the Clear Creek area by the presence of over 150 semi-precious minerals and gemstones.  There are two developed campgrounds in the CCMA, Oak Flat and Jade Mill, both with picnic tables, shade structures, fire rings, and pit toilets.

Visitors must obtain multiple permits on-line at Recreation.gov before visiting the CCMA.

Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) Permit: Allows an individual to access the Serpentine ACEC within the Clear Creek Management Area for the duration of one day.  Each person, regardless of age, entering the Serpentine ACEC is required to have a permit in their own name and on their person.  One individual is allowed a total of five permits per calendar year.

ACEC permits must be purchased 48 hours in advance of your visit.  If you are purchasing a permit for the weekend it is necessary to call the BLM Central Coast Field Office during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (831) 582-2200 for the combination to the ACEC entrance gate. Walk-in permits are no longer available for purchase at the Field Office.

Clear Creek Vehicle Permit: Vehicles entering CCMA including the Condon Peak campground and trailhead are required to have a Clear Creek Vehicle Permit.  The permit is $5 per vehicle and allows the vehicle to enter the Clear Creek Management Area for up to seven days from the date of entry.  Each vehicle must display the permit on its dash while in the CCMA.

Condon Peak All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Permit: Every ATV or Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) entering the Condon Peak trail network is required to have a vehicle permit.  The permit cost is $10 each and allows access to the route network at Condon Peak for up to seven days from the entry date.

Sub-units of CCMA

Condon Peak
Condon Peak

Serpentine ACEC
Serpentine ACEC

Joaquin Rocks
Joaquin Rocks


From King City take Bitterwater Road east to State Highway 25.  Turn north (left) onto State Highway 25 and continue 2 miles to Coalinga Road.  Turn east (right) onto Coalinga Road.  Clear Creek Road intersects Coalinga Road approximately 16 miles from the State Highway 25 and Coalinga Road junction. 

From Coalinga take Gale Avenue west which turns into Derrick Avenue.  Turn west (left) on Los Gatos Creek Road.  Los Gatos Road turns into Coalinga Road at the Fresno County line.  Clear Creek Road is on the right after 30 miles.

Bureau of Land Management
Central Coast Field Office
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
Phone: (831) 582-2200
Fax: (831) 582-2266
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
Contact us by Email