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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.

4th of July Canyon is a "choose your own adventure style of trail." You can make it as challenging or easy as you want. The Playground is a great spot to learn how far you and your vehicle can lean over without rolling over. At first glance the inclines of the hill would be thought the intimidator, but in reality the five point turn at the top will be the stressful part of the whole adventure. After the Playground 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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5S06 - Old Control Road - Idyllwild, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.0 Miles
Duration: 35 minutes
Status: Open

5S06 - Old Control Road

Idyllwild, California

The "Old Control Road" is the highlight of this San Bernardino National Forest trail just west of Idyllwild, California. This road was the only route to Idyllwild from the west and it was completed in 1909. This photo is from waypoint 8 "Half-Way Springs", where the tourists from Hemet on their way to Idyllwild would re-fill the radiators on their Model T Fords. The Spring would pool behind that concrete footing, now covered with leaves. It became so busy in the early 1920's that in the months of July, August and September, traffic had to be controlled with one-way travel times. You had 1 1/2 hours to complete the 6 mile trip. If unable to do so you were required to pull over and wait for the next available time slot or risk a fine or arrest. You might enjoy the 5 page history of Idyllwild here.

5S07 - Bee Canyon  - Hemet, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.0 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

5S07 - Bee Canyon

Hemet, California

10 miles east of Hemet, Bee Canyon is in the San Bernardino National Forest and one of two access points off Hwy 74 for the many trails of the western Idyllwild area. This area is great for the local target shooters with the many side canyons. To the Jeepers, the short 3 mile drive connects you to "East Indian Creek" and "San Jacinto Ridge" truck trails. These connector trails will take you to Hwy 243 and Idyllwild.

5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge  - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 9.7 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

5S09 - San Jacinto Ridge is in the San Bernardino National Forest. It is a beautiful 10 mile forestry truck trail on the western slope of the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild. The nearly 3000 foot elevation change provides a wide variety of flora and fauna to enjoy, from the desert scrub to the pine forests, the ground squirrels to the tree squirrels, deer and more! The North Fork of the San Jacinto River crosses this truck trail and is a perfect spot for a picnic. Only in Southern California can one go off-roading in the mountains and surf at the local beaches in the same day.

5S10 - Red Hill Road - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.0 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

5S10 - Red Hill Road

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

5S10 - Red Hill Road is west of Idyllwild/Pine Cove in the San Bernardino National Forest and the San Jacinto Forest District. It's an easy 3 mile drive through beautiful forests at it's upper end and typical high desert scrub when coming in off of the Old Control Road in the lower elevations. When hearing the weatherman announce snow levels to 4000 feet it is especially beautiful as you transition from a bright blue sky on a dry road to a cloudy, wet, snow filled road at the higher elevations. Easily done in 30 minutes, but why? Stop, look, listen, enjoy! Everything Idyllwild has to offer can be found here.

5S13 - Fisherman Fuelbreak

California

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5S15 - Rouse Hill   - Hemet, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 17.0 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

5S15 - Rouse Hill

Hemet, California

Rouse Hill Trail is all about the beautiful views and Thomas Mountain Peak for lunch or camping. It is an off-road route that is in the San Bernardino National Forest. This is a zoomed in photo of Lake Hemet with the snow capped San Jacinto Mountains in the background. Tahquitz Peak is in the center with sister peaks on either side.

5S21 - May Valley Road - Idyllwild, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.7 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Partially Open

5S21 - May Valley Road

Idyllwild, California

5S21 - May Valley Road is another beautiful off-road trail in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild, California. It currently is a short (1.7 mile) out and back trail due to the 2013 Mountain Fire. When the closure is lifted it is a 5-6 mile trail, continuing southeast to Hwy 74. It is an easy drive with many spots to pull over for a lunch stop or photography. You will travel through pine, oak, cedar, manzanita and sage. Watch for deer, bear, rattlesnakes and other critters that make this area their home.

661202 - Red Canyon Drop In Trail - Orocopia Mountains - Blythe, California
Technical Rating: 3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.3 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

661202 - Red Canyon Drop In Trail - Orocopia Mountains

Blythe, California

When out on an overland adventure and exploring the Red Canyon Trail in the Wilderness Park of Orocopia Mountains, there is a small trail that gives you a chance to explore the Red Canyon from its floor. The Red Canyon Drop In, trail designation route 661202, will take you from The Red Canyon Trail down into the depths of the canyon below. Once at the bottom, you can gaze up at the magnificent cliff walls that seem to reach the clouds above. The next time you are out exploring Red Canyon, make sure you check out the drop in and experience for yourself the wonders of Red Canyon.

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