Sidewinder - Corral Canyon

Pine Valley, California (SanDiego County)

Last Updated: 07/11/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Sidewinder - Corral Canyon
Are you looking for a rock crawling challenge in Corral Canyon OHV Area? If so, Sidewinder is your trail. While not as difficult as nearby Bronco Peak and the Bronco Peak Connector trails, this trail will challenge you and your vehicle. Sidewinder Trail is just over a mile long with several steep rock climbs and sharp drop-offs that make up most of the challenges. Some of the difficult obstacles have alternate routes that may or may not be easier.

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Technical Rating

( DIFFICULT - EXTREME )

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Waypoints

1. Piddly Sticks (0.1 mi)
The trail starts through some tight brush guaranteed to scratch the sides of your vehicle. Around the corner is the first set of granite boulders which is a good warm up for what is coming later on. There are multiple lines to take but the easiest route is on the north side, which avoids the rocks.

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. When you reach Four Corners staging area, bear left (south) on Los Pinos Road. The trailhead is 0.6 miles from the staging area on the right (west) side.

Camping

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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.

Trail Reviews (6)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Hello, Is Bronco Peak still open in the Coral Canyon OHV? I don't see it's entry in the website although its mentioned at the beginning of this page. -Ernest
–Ernest (07/29/2019)
–Mike Erwin (07/08/2021)
–Marc Nitz (02/17/2021)
–Steve Allen (01/21/2021)
–Josh Noesser (03/04/2020)

Writer Information

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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