17S04 - Corral Canyon Road

Pine Valley, California (SanDiego County)

Last Updated: 09/17/2021
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Highlight: 17S04 - Corral Canyon Road
Corral Canyon Road can be driven in either direction. It is one of two main roads to gain access to Corral Canyon OHV Area as well as one of the two campgrounds within the area. The road is a mixture of pavement and dirt and has sections completely covered by trees and other areas fully exposed to sunlight. The road can also be used as a connector road which forms an 18-mile loop around Corral Canyon OHV Area and Cleveland National Forest. Along with this road, the 18-mile loop consists of the following additional roads and trails: 16S17 - Los Pinos Road 4E03 - Corte Madera Road 17S06 - Skye Valley Road 4E03 - Espinosa Trail

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is at the "Y" junction of Corral Canyon and Skye Valley Roads. Skye Valley Road heads to the right (east) to Lake Morena and passes by Bobcat Meadows campground on the way to Four Corners. Corral Canyon Road continues to the left (north) and proceeds to the Corral Canyon campground before culminating at Four Corners. At the trailhead is a wooden Skye Valley Road sign (shown in the right photo) showing directions to Four Corners and Espinosa Trail and Los Pinos Mtn.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Pine Valley

Exit I-8 at Buckman Springs Road (east of Pine Valley). Proceed south on Buckman Springs Road for 3.2 miles. Then turn west on Corral Canyon Road following the sign for Corral Canyon OHV Area. Remain on this road for 5.6 miles to the Four Corners Trailhead and staging area. Turn left (south) on Corral Canyon Road and proceed on the road for 4.1 miles.



Land Use Issues

There are no access issues although you will need a National Forest Adventure Pass if you stop along any part of the trail and leave your vehicle unattended. A yearly pass is $30 or a daily pass is $5 and available at any local sporting goods store (see link below for participating stores). There are no passes at Corral Canyon's OHV Area, so please plan ahead.

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Marc Nitz

Mapping Crew - California

Marc Nitz is a southern California native who loves exploring the outdoors. This is in large part due to his parents' love of summer road trips. Each summer the Nitz clan would venture out for at least one week driving and camping to assorted U.S. destinations west of the Rocky Mountains. Marc bought his first 4x4 at 17 years old and began seeking out more places off the beaten path. Now 30 years later, Marc explores the countryside with a family of his own. Some of Marc's favorite trails include California's Titus Canyon Road and the Pleasant Canyon Loop Trail, Colorado's Alpine Loop, and Utah's White Rim Trail. Most of all, Marc enjoys meeting fellow off-roaders and he is affiliated with a few 4X4 clubs in Southern California that has allowed him to do just that.
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