2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail

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4.8/5 (56 reviews)
Hesperia, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 05/09/2023
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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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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.

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4.8/5 (56)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/27/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Third time running this trail. This time my wife drove most of it, including a couple offshoots. She had a lot of fun and wants to go offroading again. The main road appears to have been somewhat recently graded. There was one mild washout we encountered on the main road on our last trip that didn't seem to be present this time around. I'd say the difficulty is back to a 1/10 (or maybe just an easier 2/10).
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/21/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this trail after the recent rain in a stock Tacoma TRD off-road 4x4. Started at the staging area and took 2n33 all the way to pilot rock ridge road and down towards miller road. Pretty easy trail if you follow this direction. 2/10 difficulty with your optional offshoots if you’d like.
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Kevin Lopez
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Kevin Lopez
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Visited: 10/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Trail is currently washed out in sections and I would definitely not put this as a 1. Some sections had the stock Willy's gladiator and stock Wrangler Sahara up on 3 wheels.
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Visited: 10/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

No longer an easy fire road after the 2022/2023 rain season.
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Robin Hou
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Robin Hou
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Very fun trail, would recommend 4wd with high ground clearance, along with skid plates and sliders. Otherwise I would stay on the main trail, many off-shoots to turn off on & boogey.
Trail Review: 2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail - Luis

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