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3S04 - Main Divide South - Santiago Peak (aka Saddleback Mountain) - Lake Elsinore, California
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 16.0 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Open

3S04 - Main Divide South - Santiago Peak (aka Saddleback Mountain)

Lake Elsinore, California

This local overland getaway is a great goto for people that live in Orange County and Riverside area. The trails are not known for a challenge but for the amazing views of all of Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside County. On top of that, there are many great spots to stop which are perfect to relax and get away from the hectic city life.

3S08 - Vista Grande - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.1 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

3S08 - Vista Grande

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

3S08 - Vista Grande is a little used offroad 4wd trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. It is north of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains. A beautiful trail at the top, in the pines, fir and cedar. It makes it's way down into a more desert climate and is actually in the Morongo Indian Reservation for it's last mile or so in the north. There are no signs, or gates to prevent your travel on the Reservation. Along with the trail it connects to in the north, it is the northern most Forest Service numbered trail in the San Jacinto Mountains. It meets up with 3S09 Hurley Flats at the end which you can take for a loop run back up to Hwy 243, a short distance from where you started.

3S09 - Hurley Flats - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.7 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

3S09 - Hurley Flats

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

3S09 - Hurley Flats is a 4wd offroad trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. This trail is perfect for the new wheeler as there are no obstacles. Pair it with a loop run with the trail to the east 3S08 Vista Grande for a day of sightseeing, photography, and fun. It is the most northern Forest Service numbered trail in the San Jacinto Mountain District. Though shorter than 3S08 - Vista Grande, it is a carbon copy with it's lower elevations almost desert like, to it's forested and wooded, green meadow like climate at the southern end. The northern trailhead is just off Hwy 243 on Twin Pines Road, and the southern trailhead ends on Hwy 243 less than a mile from the trailhead for 3S08 - Vista Grande.

3 Slabs - Parker - Parker, Arizona
Technical Rating: 4-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 0.6 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

3 Slabs - Parker

Parker, Arizona

Another one of those, "not really a shortcut 4x4 trails," 3 Slabs may have been named after early residents named this trail due to the finding of 3 head stones found along the trail. Near Parker, Arizona, this fun little off-road trail is packed with rock crawling and wash driving while the trail cuts the corner on Cienega Springs Road. The trail is hard enough that it could pose a challenge to a lightly modified vehicle thus this is a fun little side trail for people who love rock crawling when heading out to some of the other trails like The Duke, The Duchess, or The Desert Bar. The next time you are with a group and want to spice up your boring drive down Cienega Springs Road, take the "not so shortcut" down 3 Slabs and have a little fun.

4E03 - Corte Madera Road - Campo, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.0 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

4E03 - Corte Madera Road

Campo, California

Corte Madera Road is a connector trail between Espinosa Trail and Skye Valley Road that forms a 18-mile loop through Cleveland National Forest. To the north and west of the road is Pine Creek Wilderness, which is closed to motor vehicles. The highlights of this short road are the magnificent views of the southern California and Mexico wilderness and the numerous granite boulders that dot the landscape to the east. Along with this road, the 18-mile loop consists of the following additional roads and trails:

16S17 - Los Pinos Road

17S04 - Corral Canyon Road

17S06 - Skye Valley Road

4E03 - Espinosa Trail

4E03 - Espinosa Trail - Campo, California
Technical Rating: 3-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 3.1 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

4E03 - Espinosa Trail

Campo, California

Espinosa Trail is a short, fun connector trail that forms an 18-mile loop in Cleveland National Forest. The trail travels along Espinosa Creek in the southern end of the Cleveland National Forest and is bordered by private land, Pine Creek Wilderness to the north and west, and Hauser Wilderness to the south. The trail runs between Los Pinos Road and Corte Madera Road and offers magnificent views of San Diego's own version of Half Dome, the immense Corte Madera Mountain at just over 4,600' of elevation. Corte Madera, Spanish for "to chop the wood", was a heavily logged area in the 18th century, providing much of the timber for the southern California missions.

Approximately 4 miles south of the Espinosa Trailhead is Corral Canyon OHV Area which offers up to 50 miles of OHV trails ranging from easy to very difficult.

Along with this road, the 18-mile loop consists of the following additional roads and trails:

16S17 - Los Pinos Road

17S04 - Corral Canyon Road

4E03 - Corte Madera Road

17S06 - Skye Valley Road

4N16 - Grapevine Canyon  - Lucerne Valley, California
Technical Rating: 2-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 6.2 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Partially Open

4N16 - Grapevine Canyon

Lucerne Valley, California

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.

4S01A - Hall Decker - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.1 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

4S01A - Hall Decker

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

4S01A Hall Decker is just one of a dozen or more beautiful off-road trails in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild, California. This trail is a short spur off of 4S01 Black Mountain with a very private camping area at the end. This site would make a wonderful alternate trail if you find yourself blocked from further travel on Black Mountain due to winter approaching as this trail is 1500 feet lower in elevation. The forest is composed of Oak, Pine, Cedar, Elm and Sage. Many animals live here including deer, squirrels, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion and rattlesnakes.

4S01 - Black Mountain - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 12.3 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

4S01 - Black Mountain

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

4S01 Black Mountain is the highest offroad trail, at 7,665 feet, in the San Jacinto Mountains, which is in the San Bernardino National Forest near Idyllwild. Because of its 2,300 foot elevation change over the 12 mile route you will experience a wide range of scenery from the lower scrub and manzanita to the pine, oak and cedar at the top. 4S01 Black Mountain is well know for its camping areas, and is also a rendezvous point for hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail is also a favorite for practicing your rock climbing skills. 4S01 Black Mountain closes during winter so you should check with the San Jacinto Ranger District as to status. Please respect the animals who call this forest their home, they were here first.

4S02 - Dark Canyon

California

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4S05 - Mellor Ranch OHV - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.8 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

4S05 - Mellor Ranch OHV

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

4S05 - Mellor Ranch OHV is just one of the many trails that make up the 4x4 off-road network west of Idyllwild. It is located in the San Bernadino National Forest and it is rarely closed. Mellor Ranch is a designated OHV trail, so use caution and be prepared to share the road. You will see pine, fir, and cedar at the higher elevations, in addition to the typical Southern California sage, mesquite, manzanita and scrub oak as you descend to the west end, you will also have outstanding views to the west-southwest.

4S06 - Indian Canyon

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

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4S10 - East Indian Creek  - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.1 Miles
Duration: 33 minutes
Status: Open

4S10 - East Indian Creek

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

4S10 - East Indian Creek is just one of the many trails that make up the 4x4 off-road network west of Idyllwild. It is located in the San Bernadino National Forest and it is rarely closed. East Indian Creek is a designated OHV trail as well as a deer hunting area, so use caution and be prepared to share the road. This trail is below evergreen level but you will travel through the typical Southern California sage, mesquite, manzanita and scrub oak, with outstanding views to the west-southwest.

4S19 - Angelus Hill

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

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4S21 - Indian Mountain - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.0 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

4S21 - Indian Mountain

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

I selected this highlight photo from an earlier trip to Indian Mountain. Never living out of southern California I'm only familiar with this dry, arid, scrub brush and boulder type of scenery. I find it very beautiful. Diamond Valley Lake is off in the distance on the right. Because Idyllwild is close to me I manage to get into these mountains frequently. The southern last mile of this trail is rated a "Black Diamond" by the USFS and not to be missed.

4th of July Canyon  - Red River, New Mexico
Technical Rating: 4-6
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 3.53 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Seasonal Closure

4th of July Canyon

Red River, New Mexico

Seasonal closure 01/01-05/29 There is a discrepancy between the Motor Vehicle Use Map and the signage along this trail. The MVUM is the legal binding document showing the first half as a 50" and under trail and not legal for full size vehicles, as where the on trail signage states otherwise. Due to the nature of the MVUM being the legal document, we advise that this trail is 50" and under. We are working with the Forest Service to determine if the signage is correct, or if the map is correct.

Old Red River Pass Trail is closed for repair. Forest Road 488 is the only Entrance and Exit for Full Size Vehicles at this time. Remember to Stay on Forest Road 488 as it borders Enchanted Circle Cross Country Skiing Area which are not trails open to motorized use!

4th of July Canyon is a "choose your own adventure style of trail." You can make it as challenging or easy as you want. Photo opportunities abound of the Sangre de Christo mountains and spacious meadows.

4th of July Road

Eldora, Colorado

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5S01 - Indian Truck Trail - Corona, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.9 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

5S01 - Indian Truck Trail

Corona, California

Indian Truck Trail is a great overland connector route that all off-road enthusiast can travel along. The trail takes you from the Corona area of the I15 to 3S04 - Main Divide Southern from at which point it is only a short 15 minute drive to the peak of Saddleback Mountain. Along the route, the trail provides many stunning views and some of the only forest left on the mountain. Whether it is a evening cruise to watch the sunset or a breakfast 4x4 trip to go to Tom's Farm, you will find yourself at ease on Indian Truck Trail.

5S04 - Alvin Meadows

Idyllwild, California

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5S05 - Bonita Vista Road

California

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