4N16 - Grapevine Canyon

Lucerne Valley, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 04/05/2020
4.5 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Highlight: 4N16 - Grapevine Canyon
Located on the north slopes of the San Bernardino mountains on the east end of Apple Valley and overlooking Lucerne Valley is a hidden gem named Grapevine Canyon. The trail starts at BLM Juniper Flats boundary and ascends over 3000 feet showcasing breath taking views of the entire Victor Valley and Lucerne Valley's below. The trail will twist and turn as it carves up the canyon walls while being treated with spectacular views along the entire way (you will also have plenty of areas to stop and pull over to enjoy the views and take pictures). During the evening hours, the city lights will light up the valleys below while still remaining dark enough to take in the starlight from up above. There are even some cool points of interest along the trail if you look hard enough - from rock faces to scenic views, you will find this trail to be very rewarding.


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1. Start Of Trail (0 mi)
Trail starts as a sandy wash road and will require 4WD for best traction - it's a gradual uphill so 2WD vehicles will have a difficult time unless you have lots of forward momentum. This is also a good place to air down your tires. Look for the custom built house to your left on top of the hill as a marker for the trail entrance. Trail will be marked with BLM JF 3225 signs about 0.7 miles from the start to indicate you are on the correct trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Apple Valley, CA

Between Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley along Hwy.18, you'll turn off Hwy.18 onto High Road heading south towards the San Bernardino mountains (look for a sign at the corner of High Road and Hwy.18 that reads "RW Ranch" for a turn marker). Head south on High Road for about 3 miles, once you cross the railroad tracks make your first right onto Castle Rock Road (there are no street signs at the corner). Continue on Castle Rock Road for 0.5 miles to Orchard Drive - turn right on Orchard Drive. Continue straight for about 0.25 miles - the road will turn into dirt. After the road becomes dirt take your second left onto Road Runner (there are no street signs at the corner) - then continue for about another 0.25 miles to your second left onto Grapevine Canyon (start of trail).



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Hello Fernando again. If I am planning a route is better to go up 3n14 then use the connection 3n11 to come down 3n17 or would be it better to go up 3n14 then connect using 4n16 to 3n17? I only ask this becuase of the hill climbs. Thank you in advance! This site is a wealth of information.
–Fernando cortes (10/08/2019)
–Josh Noesser (10/08/2019)

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Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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