Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA)
Clear Creek Management Area in Snow (BLM photo)
Clear Creek Management Area Map
Clear Creek Management Area
Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) encompasses approximately 75,000 acres, of which 63,000 acres are public lands 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, one of the most highly mineralized areas in California, 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. An 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 Bureau of Land Management’s 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 Central Coast Field Office.
Clear Creek Vehicle Permit: Vehicles entering the Clear Creek Management Area, 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 seven days from the date of entry. Each vehicle must display the permit on its dash while in the Clear Creek Management Area.
Condon Peak All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Permit: Every ATV or Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) entering Condon Peak’s trail network is required to have a permit. The permit cost is $10 and allows the ATV/UTV driver, age 16 and older, access to the route network at Condon Peak for seven days from the entry date.
The risk of exposure to asbestos exists within Clear Creek year -round. Children are most at risk from exposure. Recommendations to reduce exposure include: avoid the area during dry or dusty conditions, avoid opening vehicle doors until visible dust has cleared, keep windows closed and ventilation on recirculate, wash vehicles before returning home, launder clothing separately, use HEPA vacuum to clean vehicle interior.