2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail

4.9/5 (40 reviews)
Hesperia, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 09/23/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (40 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Less traffic than Cleghorn
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

2021 cherokee trailhawk 2 inch lift, 30.5 inch KO2s. Great trail. Absolutely worth the hype. I would say the main road should be rated a 2 because there are several spots where clearance is needed and at least one spot where 4wd is needed. The offshoots aren't terribly challenging, but still fun.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail is a good trail to test out your truck and learn your truck. It has an the easier trail or you can take many off shoots that are a bit more challenging but all passable. The 5” lift on my truck definitely saved my driver door. Amazing trail will definitely hit it up once again. Oh and yes you will get tons of Pin Stripes but hey…….. Battle scars lol
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Daniel Argueta
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Daniel Argueta
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Status: Open
Visited: 05/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Had a good time out on this trail with my newly lifted and tired Jeep. We stayed away from 2N17X and just did the main trail with all of its various off shoots (but not the rock crawl... at least I didn't, LOL). Took my son and we had a great day out with our dog. The main fire road is easy, the off shoots can be of varying difficulty, but nothing was too hard. As an experienced hiker of most of these mountains, it is funny how easy a Jeep makes it to get into the back country. A lot less effort on my aging joints. The on coming side by sides were a little intense, and they are pretty hard on the trail. A great day out in the wilds of the Berdoo's.
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Deadhead Dave
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Deadhead Dave
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great morning on Pilot Rock Road. As someone else mentioned there is only one fairly technical deep rock rut that needs to be carefully navigated but for the most part very easy drive.
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Kevin Connors
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Kevin Connors
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