Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA)
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.