6S06 - El Cariso Truck Trail

4.5/5 (17 reviews)
Lake Elsinore, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 07/29/2018
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Trail Information

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6S06 - El Cariso Truck Trail is in the Cleveland National Forest above Lake Elsinore. The lower half of the trail is seldom used so it is a great off road trail that is 4x4 worthy. Lake Elsinore, to the northeast is a prominent feature as you navigate the trail. The trail ends at 3S04 Main Divide Road. Ortega Highway/Highway 74 is 100 feet to your left, the best viewing of Lake Elsinore is to the east 1.1 miles to "The Lookout Roadhouse". A short distance to the west on Ortega Highway will bring you to various campsites including the Ortega Oaks "Candy Store"

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (17 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Had a great time at this trail today, plenty of fun obstacles. The trail did have some large ruts and potholes, and I ended up putting my truck in 4low for some of it. On the way up, I used my Tacomas crawl control to get through some of the ditches, I probably could have made it through without that if I had taken smarter lines. I ended up taking the trail back as well, and on the way down there were a few instances where a rear tire was in the air. Nothing super sketchy and once again it possibly could have been avoided with smarter lines, but I would be worried if I was in a vehicle with less clearance. All around a great trail!
Trail Review: 6S06 - El Cariso Truck Trail - JT Carey
Trail Review: 6S06 - El Cariso Truck Trail - JT Carey
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Status: Open
Visited: 09/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I drove this trail down 09/22 off of Ortega in my '22 Rubicon 4xe, which is bone stock. I am not a seasoned off road driver, I saw 22 degree roll at one point, I never bottomed out over anything. There are some very sketchy parts of the trail, very deep ruts and sharp rocks. I got stuck there with my BMW GS1250 a month prior... I have a love - hate relationship with this trail.
Trail Review: 6S06 - El Cariso Truck Trail - andreas hartmann
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail today, 93 grand Cherokee on 31’s with lsd and 2019 Tacoma on 33’s with lockers. Quick and engaging trail. 2 sections with big ruts, tacoma needed spotting on the harder one. Definitely recommend for any one from the oc and ie. Will return for sure.
Status: Open
Visited: 01/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Vehicle: 2022 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x4. 100% stock down to the Factory tires. Trail is still a good one. Views are still as amazing. Need to be aware of mountain bikers and hikers. Got a hung up a bit but just gave it a bit more momentum and get over them. Sharp rocks are all-around, so something to be aware. Little construction was happening at the time but made it easy for us to drive around them to continue on the trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The ruts have become pretty bad after the rains at the end of last year so choose your lines carefully. I would say its gotten a bit harder since the trail description was written. The section between waypoint 3 and 4 is the worst part. There is a spot to turn around at waypoint 3 so I suggest parking there and walking up to waypoint 4 to see if you feel comfortable with it. After that it becomes very easy all the way up to Ortega Hwy.

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