2N33 - Pilot Rock Truck Trail

4.9/5 (46 reviews)
Hesperia, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 05/09/2023

Trail Information


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 (46)
Official Crew
Visited: 05/05/2023

There is a new forest order overwriting the previous closures. Most trails, including this one, are open again. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1105593.pdf
Official Crew
Temporary Closure
Visited: 03/18/2023

Unnecessary temporary closure of pretty much all of San Bernardino National forest. 🙄 Forest Order No. 05-12-00-23-03
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/18/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The recent rains must have made this trail much harder. I included photos of the hardest spot and wash out where I turned around due to being by myself.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail with options. I’ve done the fire road all the way through, easy and any stock vehicle can make it. Then I took all but two off chutes, 4WD needed. I took offchutes late night
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail from east to west starting at the 2N34 Tunnel Two intersection. The recent rains have left a handful of deep ruts that make it so you have to choose your line pretty carefully so in my rookie opinion I would say its more like a 3 rating. There are some fantastic views of the lake and some cool views of the desert to the north.

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