2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail

Hesperia, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 01/31/2021
4.9 / 5 ( 17 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 1-4
(EASY - MODERATE)
Length: 11.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 5271 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Hesperia
Nearest Town w/ Services: Hesperia
Official Road Name: 2N33
Management Agency: San Bernardino Forest Service
District: Mountaintop Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail
The Pilot Rock Truck Trail starts at the east side of Silverwood Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains in the San Bernardino National Forest. Possibly the most scenic trail in San Bernardino county, Pilot Rock Truck Trail runs between Silver-wood Lake and the small mountain community of Lake Arrowhead. This long mountain trail serves up one amazing view after another starting with Waypoint 6 which overlooks Silverwood Lake from a steep ledge. From Pilot Rock ( the actual rock ) at Waypoint 18, you will look out to see a panoramic view of the distant desert fading into the forest covered mountains.

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Weather

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Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
2WD Vehicle with High Clearance
Concerns:
Summary:
The main trail is a simple dirt road. The high end rating comes from the optional alternate routes.

Technical Rating: 1-4
(EASY - MODERATE)

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep, but with good traction.
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Description

Pilot Rock Truck Trail is a long off-road mountain trail that runs from Silverwood Lake to Lake Arrowhead. This is an easy dirt road, though there are multiple opportunities to jump on the harder, alternate route that parallels the trail and intersects the main Pilot Rock Truck Trail. For the most part, the main trail is a wide dirt road, but there is a narrow section of shelf road between Waypoints 18 and 19. If Pilot Rock is not long enough for you, combine it with any or all of Cleghorn Trail, Willow Creek Jeep Trail , and even Dishpan Springs and Holcomb Valley. Under normal conditions, 2WD, high ground clearance vehicles can make it through Pilot Rock, but 4WD is recomended for any of the alternate routes.

Waypoints

1. Pilot Rock OHV Staging Area (2N33) (0 mi)
The Pilot Rock OHV Staging Area is a great place to air down and check out the view from the Cedar Spring Dam. The Trailhead is about 75 yards east of this location.
2. Pilot Rock Trailhead (0.05 mi)
The Pilot Rock Trailhead is on the south side of the road and marked as Forest Road 2N33.
3. 2N17X North Intersection (0.54 mi)
Continue to the right to stay on Pilot Rock. 2N17X is a more difficult trail with steep climbs and narrow saddles. 2N17X intersects with Pilot Rock again at Waypoint 13.
4. Turnout (2.53 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Pilot Rock. The turnout here leads to a few other trails, but these are marked as restricted.
5. Water Tank (2.9 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Pilot Rock. A watering system sits on the east of the side trail here.
6. Overlook (3.67 mi)
Be careful around this turn.The trail loops around the edge of the ridge at this point. There is a serious cliff and an amazing view of the lake here.
7. Alternate Route Intersection 1 (3.81 mi)
This is the first intersection with the more difficult, parallel route. Continue left ( the northern trail ) to stay on Pilot Rock. If you need some more action, go right ( the southern trail ), up the harder router.
8. Alternate Route Intersection 2 (4.15 mi)
This is the second intersection with the more difficult, parallel route. Continue straight to stay on Pilot Rock.
9. Alternate Route Intersection 3 (4.9 mi)
Here is another intersection with the more difficult, parallel route. Continue left ( the northern trail ) to stay on Pilot Rock.
10. Alternate Route Intersection 4 (5.61 mi)
Here is another intersection with the more difficult, parallel route. Continue left ( the northern trail ) to stay on Pilot Rock.
11. 2N36 Intersection (6.05 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Pilot Rock. A right / south will take you on 2N36 which leads down the hill.
12. Alternate Route Intersection 5 (6.35 mi)
Here is another intersection with the more difficult, parallel route. Continue straight to stay on Pilot Rock.
13. 2N17X South Intersection (7.27 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Pilot Rock. 2N17X connects to Pilot Rock again on the left / north.
14. Alternate Route Intersection 6 (7.37 mi)
Here is another intersection with the more difficult, parallel route. Continue left ( the northern trail ) to stay on Pilot Rock.
15. Rocks / Alternate Route Intersection 7 (7.88 mi)
Here is another intersection with the more difficult, parallel route. Continue left ( the northern trail ) to stay on Pilot Rock. The rock path shown here is easily bypassed.
16. Path to the Pilot Rock (8.46 mi)
If you're running the easy route as mapped here, this short detour on the more difficult route is a must to get to Pilot Rock ( the actual rock ). Turn right / west on the alternate route. If you want to skip the path to Pilot rock, Continue to the left and skip to Waypoint 19.
17. Pilot Rock Turn (8.56 mi)
Turn right / north here to reach the rock.
18. Pilot Rock (8.62 mi)
This is it. The rock that is big enough, high enough and noticeable enough to claim the name of this entire trail. This is a good spot to stop for lunch or just take in the view. Back track to Waypoint 17, then 16 to get back on the main trail and continue east. You will pass through a narrow shelf road before the next waypoint.
19. 2N34 Tunnell Road / Sawmill Road (10.07 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Pilot Rock. 2N34 / Tunnel Road / Sawmill Road is on the right / south.
20. Grass Valley Creek (11.09 mi)
Continue straight, across Grass Valley Creek.
21. 3W14 Intersection (11.41 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Pilot Rock. 3W14 is limited to bikes and quads only. No jeeps or 4x4 vehicles.
22. Pavement (11.47 mi)
Continue straight. This is where the dirt ends / pavement begins.
23. End / Highway 173 (11.9 mi)
Pilot Rock ends here at Highway 173. If you still want more, turn left and head north for 1.2 miles to connect to Willow Creek Jeep Trail.
24. The View From Pilot Rock (8.62 mi)
Here are some more pictures to remind you of the view from Pilot Rock.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.305067, -117.310789

Starting Point: Cajon Junction, California

From I15 and Highway 138, take 138 northeast 8 miles. Turn left onto 173 and take for 2.4 miles and turn right just after the damn. The Pilot Rock OHV Staging Area will be about 1 mile ahead.

Camping

Designated
Silverwood Lake Campsites in the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area offers group site camping, RV camping and tent camping. Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area is near the west end of Pilot Rock Truck Trail and reservations can be made through Reserve America. This campground includes toilets and showers. Single sites are $35 per night. Group sites are as high as $300 per night. Dispersed camping is available off Highway 173 near the east end of this trail, in Arrowhead. The North Shore Campground is on the east side of Lake Arrowhead, but this campground is only open from late April through early October. North Shore Campground has potable water and flush toilets. Fees are $23 per 1 vehicle for the night, however fees increase and a 3 night minimum is enforced on holiday weekends.
Camping: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail

Trail Reviews (26)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Did the trail today with 7 other rigs. Ive never run this before so first time was in the snow/mud. It was a blast! Turned what I imagine would have been a simple trail into a fun and exciting run, playing in the snow! Just be careful for the ice on the inclines of the trail and make sure to go with someone else in case a recovery is needed. Be cautious doing the off shoots because you cant see whats under the snow and the ice makes things tricky. There was an SUV that had rolled on the trail and is in the middle of the trail. There’s enough room to go around it though. Had a stock Jeep Compass Trailhawk in the group and they made it through with no issues

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Status: Open
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Open as of 12/20/2020.

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Status: Open
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I very much like this trail, From Side by Sides or Dirt Bike, Jeep or even my Rebel. Great to start on the North Side and end at Lake Arrowhead

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Open as of 10/08/2020. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sbnf/alerts-notices

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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Temporary Closure. Even if the gates are open, you can be fined if they choose to enforce this. https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/alert-notices#orders

Author:
Status: Open
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Went last week with a few friends the trail is still open.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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All California Forest trails are temporarily closed due to fire or risk of fire.

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Status: Open
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Nice & scenic trail! Ran as mapped from West to East and continuing down Tunnel Two then finished up through the Miller Canyon OHV trail. No off shoots taken during this ride, kept it nice and mellow. The fire road is very easy going except for one section ( See Photo 5 ) towards the end of the trail. It is easily passable just take it slow and use a spotter if needed and you'll be fine. A great way to escape the city and take in some great views.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We entered from the west or the Silverwood Lake end of the trail and you quickly come to overlooks with beautiful majestic views of the lake. The trail is OHV rated "Blue" on the signage, which is "More Difficult" but its an easy trail with 1 section that we paused at to pick a line. 2 wheel drive pickup would be fine IMO. Our vehicle was a lifted Jeep 4 door and in 2wd the entire trail and it was a breeze. The lower elevation part of the trail is loose and embedded rock so if you can air down it will make for a more comfortable ride. We came across a rattlesnake sunning in the road at the beginning of the trail. As the original mapper stated there are many opportunities to go off the main trail. Even many more then are identified in the original mapping. Some of these are not marked with signage, and some marked as "Open" and some have ratings of black diamond or "More Difficult". We found that it was easy to see the main trail and keep from inadvertently going on one of these alternate routes.

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Status: Open
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Great trail with some amazing views. Ran this west to east (followed TrailsOffroad GPX). Hiked up to Pilot Rock first then went back and drove the Jeep up (stock Rubicon). Nice trail by itself but thinking of combining this with Cleghorn for a full day next time.

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Status: Open
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This is such a fun one! It’s perfect for beginners (like us lol) but have fun options to make it more difficult. It’s shorter than the other two we have done, but it has the most gorgeous views! I definitely recommend.

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Status: Open
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Pilot Rock is an awesome fireroad trail. I only did a couple of the easy offshoots that particular day. There's a good amount of water holes to drive through and the staging area is right before the trail.

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Status: Open
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So many good views. Trail is well kept. Easy to Difficult depending on which route you want to go. Weather was perfect today, 60s/70s and a clear sky. Towards the end of the trail (Arrowhead side) there were some good size puddles to splash in!

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Status: Open
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I took the wife, kid and dog up the fireroad. A little mud and snow, but nothing difficult. We finished up with lunch on the lake. I can't wait to go back with some friends and try some of the alternate routes.

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Status: Open
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We ran this trail West - East starting at the Dam as our staging area to air down. Once we got to the "gatekeeper", we opted to go left and tackle the Ridge Trail 2N17X. Overall the Trail is pretty engaging with ups and downs from start to finish. Ruts and shelves and V notched sections are plentiful along the ridge. Having a small lift and off road tires will help your situation, having at least one locker will make your life way easier and less challenging. Weather was on the most side with a light drizzle when we ran this trail. But its a different ballgame when its totally wet, muddy or even icy. With most of the steep inclines, you will come up to a blind turn so you can either: walk it up first before u drive it, drive it up and make an educated turn based on how much u can see OR look at a map of the trail in reference to where u are and see which way to trail continues.

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail west to east. Did about half the offchutes. The first significant offchute after waypoint 7 is deeply rutted, One of our rigs broke a CV axle here (3rd gen Toyota 4runner) so a rear locker is definitely a plus. The fire trail is as easy as it gets.

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Status: Open
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We started off the 173 at The Pilot Rock OHV staging area and drove to the 2N36 intersection. From there we went right onto Pilot Rock Ridge Rd which brought us down to the 138. This was our first time doing any type of wheeling and it was a blast! I never felt uncomfortable with the trail and there was plenty of rocks, off camber and rain ruts to have fun with. Whatever your skill level is this is a great trail to cruise with some great views and cool places to pull off and relax.

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Status: Open
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Great trail to take for my first time off-roading. Took it west to east starting near Silverwood Lake. Didn’t feel comfortable about a section just past Pilot Rock so turned around.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The whole trail is pretty rutted out from recent rains, but still passable. We spent a little time playing on the harder lines before heading up into Lake Arrowhead.

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Status: Open
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Great trail to visit with a great view. Definitely going to visit again.

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Status: Open
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Did the more difficult leg of this trail (2N17x) back in March, definitely has some challenging rutted out hill climbs. Fun time though and a locker helps tremendously! XJ is locked in front and my Montero has the factory air locker in the rear.

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Status: Open
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Fun trail fire road with off shoots which are the fun parts of the trail weekends get really busy

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Status: Open
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First time ever going off roading and really enjoyed myself. You definitely need to check this trail out. Meant for beginners and Moderate drivers. Look out for bikers and quads guys and drive safe

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Status: Open
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Followed the trail map we found on this site. Everything was accurate and went very well. Made it to Pilot Rock, but didn’t get all the way up to the rock. Got close for only having stock Cherokee Trailhawk. Trail was fun and was a Saturday well spent.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We mapped a few trails to the south and ended up going west on Pilot Rock from Miller Canyon, I missed the by-pass on the rough section just west of the Rock and wasn't comfortable continuing without an experienced spotter so we turned around. The east half of the trail we did the optional routes and had a great time.

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Status: Open
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We did the Pilot Rock Truck Trail after coming off 2N17X where it meets 2N33. We headed east from there and did all of the optional offshoots. Some of them provided a pretty good challenge, especially if you took the harder lines (see video). The trail is somewhat similar to Cleghorn with the main dirt road which is easy, with the more difficult offshoots that can be bypassed if too difficult. Fun trail, especially combined with 2N17X and it's easy to keep going to Lake Arrowhead and head to areas such as Devil's Hole to finish off the day.

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Do you guys have plans on reviewing 2N17X? Also, if you've previously ran the trail, what would you rate it? Thanks.
–Gonzalo Payan (04/30/2019)
A: Thanks for the replies. Ended up doing 2N17X about 3 weeks ago and I agree with both of your takes. Went up the gatekeeper with open diffs, no problem after picking the right line. Last hill definitely intimidating but nothing difficult after getting off the rig and walking the line. We were 2 JK's; one stock with Wildpeak tires and one with 2" lift and KO2's
–Gonzalo Payan (05/22/2019)
A: I did 2n17 a few weeks ago in my Cherokee (XJ) The gatekeeper is more intimidating than anything, but if you have a rear locker it's not hard. The hills are steep and occasionally narrow, the hardest part is the end hill climb back to PRTT.
–robert (05/22/2019)
A: I don’t plan on reviewing it, but another contribitor might. I would put it somewhere in the 4-5 rating range. It’s not really a hard trail, but it’s steep, rutted and can put you off camber. A few sections are narrow with long drops on one or both sides and don’t leave much room for error.
–G. Martin (05/01/2019)
Q: How do we earn achievement points?
–Joseph Chaplinski (04/28/2019)
A: Hi Joseph! Currently it’s based on doing trail reviews and answering community questions, where you can. The more trail reviews you give and questions you help answer, those points start climbing pretty fast. It will be part of a future installment we have planned.
–Todd (04/28/2019)
Q: How long does it take to run the trail from lake Arrowhead to Silverwood?
–kayvan (04/09/2019)
A: If you stick to all the easy lines, maybe 1-2 hours.
–G. Martin (04/10/2019)
Q: Are they open during weekdays and are they still open due to the fires that recently happened?
–carlos (12/30/2018)
A: Yes. This trail is open.
–G. Martin (12/31/2018)

Writer Information

G. Martin

Mapping Crew - California

G. Martin, gm4x4 on Youtube , is a California native, born and raised in northern California and now living and wheeling in southern California. He enjoys exploring new trails and setting up camp in the remote outdoors. You may come across him in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the mountains of Big Bear, in the central Sierras near Shaver Lake or any other dirty, rocky road in the southwest. TrailsOffroad offers a focus point in G.Martin's offroad exploration.
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