3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place

Anaheim, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 01/29/2018
4.7 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Highlight: 3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place
The northern section of 3S04 Main Divide Road can easily be one of the best kept secrets of Orange County, CA. This section of the route is one trail every Overlander and 4x4 enthusiast should travel for themselves when in the area. With some of the most rare items in Southern California, it can be pretty easy to say that this is probably the most unique trail in all of Orange County, CA, maybe California. The highlight of this intriguing expedition is the stop at Beeks Place, which was built in 1942 by Joe Beeks. Besides being at over 3400 feet in elevation, Beeks Place has standing gun turrets that were built back in WW2. The idea was if the worst case scenario happened to America at the time, an invasion from a foreign country, Orange County would be ready to defend the United States. As you continue to the north, you will cross many abandon sites, some of them are for water collection while others are abandon buildings. You will also enjoy heli pads, many active radio towers, and Southern California's Doppler Radar Systems. But if the sites are not what brings you to this trail, then the view will easily cover that. As you travel the ridge heading north, you will experience 360 degree views with over 100 miles of visibility in almost any direction. You can easily see things like the Pacific Ocean, Ventura County, Downtown L.A., Orange County, Newport Beach, Riverside, Temecula, snow capped mountains of Big Bear and San Jacinto, plus many more amazing sites.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead Main Divide North and Beeks Place (0 mi)
This is the start of the trail when heading north. This is also the last point you can exit the mountain range / get on the mountain range on the north end. Thus keep in mind if continuing north, you cannot exit the mountain and you have to travel back over everything you have driven though.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Silverado Canyon, CA

Corona - Take Bedford Canyon from Corona to the western end of this section of the trail. Trail continues to the north. Orange County - Take 3S04 Main Divide Road from any point of entry along the southern side. The trail continues just past Bedford Road to the north.

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Trail Reviews (12)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Hey Josh, where is that helipad location in the Saddleback Mountain video with all the jeeps on top?
–Eduardo (06/07/2019)
–Josh Noesser (06/07/2019)
Q: Is this currently open ??
–Rodrigo (05/20/2019)
–Josh Noesser (05/21/2019)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

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.
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