Once the Miller Jeep Trail, Lockwood Creek Trail was shifted to this path sometime in the early 2000's. The original trail once followed Lockwood Creek all the way down to where it now turns into the Miller Jeep Trail. Over the years, the Ranger Service has quietly changed out the trail signs to make us think that this is the Lockwood Creek Trail. Thus, when with a group, you might have an argument about which trail it is - Lockwood Creek or Miller Jeep Trail.
Along the route is a challenging trail that links to several other trails in the area. It starts with crossing Lockwood Creek immediately, followed by a steep, rocky climb. This is about as difficult as this trail (Lockwood Creek Trail) gets. After the initial rocky climb, there is a steep switchback climb to the top of the mountain. Most of the rest of the trail runs along the ridges of the mountains as you make your way towards Alamo Mountain where this trail ends at the base of Miller Jeep Trail.
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Turn off the highway here, and head south. The dirt road / trail follows the valley until you reach farmland, and then it heads up on the east hill for a short section before dropping down in the Lockwood Creek area.
From the 5 Freeway, exit Frazier Mountain Park Road and head West. Travel about 7 miles. Turn left to head south on Lockwood Valley Road. Travel about 5.5 miles to 8N12 which is the access road to the trail. There will be a large, brown sign at the entrance to 8N12, directing you to the Lockwood Creek Trail entrance. Travel the dirt road for about 0.5 mile and keep to the right at the Y intersection. Continue for another 0.8 mile to the staging area for the trail. It is a good place to air down your tires. The gate at the end of the staging area is the entrance to the trail.
Trail was in excellent condition and easy to follow. Took this over to the Miller Jeep Trail. There were lots of fellow Jeep’s doing it solo and few large groups. I aired down at the beginning of the trail and there were not any spots that were difficult.
The trail is closed because of damage that was done from our wet winter. They are working on the trail to get it restored but don't have a clear open date. Check this website for open and closure details.
Led a medium group through this trail with no issues. We had a few obstacles to play on and mostly just a beautiful, fun, easy-moderate Jeep trail. Camped at Dutchmen with beautiful views and then enjoyed playing the next day in Hungry Valley SVRA below. Beautiful trail! Attached a video of our first time through the trail when the Jeep was still totally stock :D
This was a nice trail with around 10 Jeeps. One truck. We made it all pretty easy with few rocky areas to climb in 4Lo. No damage and just a whole lot of fun. Lunch under some shady trees with a picnic table and the end of the trail was camping where we saw the most beautiful sunset.
Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it.
Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you."
Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information.
If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.