3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place

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4.6/5 (20 reviews)
Anaheim, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 12/13/2023
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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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4.6/5 (20)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/28/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Such a beautiful gem in the Trabuco district. When we were there we only passed a group of bikers the whole way to Beek’s and back, so solitude is an understatement. You get lost within this range and forget the 91 is just below you. As Jason stated in his review, unfortunately Beek’s Palace is no longer a stopping point to explore. What was once some cool ruins is now reconstructed into livable spaces. The owner was there when we got up there and didn’t so much as wave as we passed by or sat next to the towers for a few minutes trying to discern what was going on. But regardless, it makes for a great day out on the trails with views that span forever. At full daylight and clear skies, you can see the ocean and with the evening fog and clouds rolling it, it looks like the ocean is coming to you with how they roll and weave into the hills.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Well, it looks like Beek's Place is no longer a destination in the Santa Ana Mountains. The property owner has rebuilt and is occupying the house (and doesn't seem keen to talk to folks who show up at his gate). But this is still a beautiful trail, especially at sunset.
Trail Review: 3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place - Jason Ethridge
Trail Review: 3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place - Jason Ethridge
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Visited: 12/13/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Closed until 12/23 for tree removal.
Trail Review: 3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place - TJ Bosworth
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Visited: 11/26/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail gets more scenic/fun the further you get from the Santiago Peak split.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/14/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Definitely a lot rougher than maple springs (especially since they just graded that road). Very fun if you’re looking for more “off-roady” trails in the area. Nothing too hard but much better than graded fire road. My jeep compass Trailhawk made it through just fine.
Trail Review: 3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place - Max Carter
Trail Review: 3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place - Max Carter
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