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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.

6S06 - El Cariso Truck Trail - Lake Elsinore, California
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.2 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

6S06 - El Cariso Truck Trail

Lake Elsinore, California

6S06 - El Cariso Truck Trail is in the Cleveland National Forest above Lake Elsinore. The lower half of the trail is seldom used so it is a great off road trail that is 4x4 worthy. Lake Elsinore, to the northeast is a prominent feature as you navigate the trail. The trail ends at 3S04 Main Divide Road. Ortega Highway/Highway 74 is 100 feet to your left, the best viewing of Lake Elsinore is to the east 1.1 miles to "The Lookout Roadhouse". A short distance to the west on Ortega Highway will bring you to various campsites including the Ortega Oaks "Candy Store"

6S13 - Thomas Mountain - Anza, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 14.5 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

6S13 - Thomas Mountain

Anza, California

Thomas Mountain is a 6,800 foot peak in the San Bernardino National Forest. 6S13 Thomas Mountain trail is between Anza to the south and Garner Valley to the north. You will have a wide range of plant life in your offroad 2,400 foot climb from the trailhead. Ranging from the scrub brush at the lower elevations to the sage, yucca, mesquite, manzanita, scrub oak, pine and cedar at the peak. Camping on Thomas Mountain is the highlight of this trail with 10-12 Yellow Post Sites dispersed between 6,400 feet and 6,800 feet. Please respect and watch for the critters that make this their home.

6S16 -  Cottonwood Truck Trail - Anza, California
Technical Rating: 1-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.0 Miles
Duration: 35 minutes
Status: Open

6S16 - Cottonwood Truck Trail

Anza, California

Situated in the San Bernardino National Forest, 6S16 Cottonwood Truck Trail is nothing short of a scenic opportunity. With views of Little Cahilla Mountain, Lake Riverside, Anza, and Thomas Mountain. Nearby is the Bautista Canyon Road which was used by the Spanish during a 1,200-mile expedition from 1775-1786. This is a great trail for a first time off-road enthusiast or someone looking to go explore for a day in the cooler temperatures you'll find further up the trail towards Thomas Mountain.

6S17 - Blackburn Ridge  - Hemet, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.4 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Closed

6S17 - Blackburn Ridge

Hemet, California

Blackburn Ridge trail is only 20 minutes southeast of Hemet. The scenery is the highlight of this trail. A great part of this route is actually in the directions to the trailhead where, when you are on Bautista Canyon Rd, you will pass through many citrus groves that Hemet is/was well know for. Once started on the trail, the first .5 mile is a climb up to the ridge where the road is narrow and rocky with no spots for a turnaround. On the ridge you will be on a generally easterly road that is rutted, rocky and sandy. This trail forms a corridor into the San Jacinto Wilderness Area with a 375 foot buffer on either side. There are some elevation changes as you climb the ridge with slight off-camber. There are many places to pull off to enjoy the scenery and there is a large turnaround at the end where a hiking trail begins, Rouse Hill-Bautista Canyon Trail. This is a great trail for the new Jeeper or if you only have time for a 9 mile out and back run.

6S18 - Hog Lake Truck Trail - Anza, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.2 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

6S18 - Hog Lake Truck Trail

Anza, California

Thomas Mountain should be the destination when using Hog Lake Truck Trail. The mountain is in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest covered with Oak, Pine, Fir and Cedar trees. With an elevation of 6820 feet you will experience all of the seasons while wheeling, camping, hiking or picnicking. It is located between Lake Hemet and Anza. With 4 trails totaling 30 miles to this peak there is always something to explore.

6S22 - Red Mountain OHV - Anza, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.4 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

6S22 - Red Mountain OHV

Anza, California

6S22 Red Mountain OHV is the longest of the three OHV trails on Red Mountain, the others being 7S04 Juan Diego Flats and 6S89 Juan Diego. It is just outside the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness Area in the San Bernardino National Forest. This trail along with the two sister trails are a perfect off-road experience for the new wheeler. The area is known for its gemstone mining and for the Red Mountain Fire Lookout at its end.

6S89 - Juan Diego OHV - Anza, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

6S89 - Juan Diego OHV

Anza, California

6S89 - Juan Diego OHV is one of a trio of connecting trails just outside the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness Area. Juan Diego is a straight through trail between Juan Diego Flats OHV to the south and Red Mountain OHV to the north. The area is known for its gemstone mining, and it's link to the Ramona Pageant in Hemet. Juan Diego was murdered near here in 1883, and his death is the basis for the longest running outdoor play in the United States.

7S03 - Los Alamos/Wildomar OHV - Murrieta, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Closed

7S03 - Los Alamos/Wildomar OHV

Murrieta, California

The Wildomar OHV Area is 1 square mile with 8 miles of trails. Los Alamos Trail 7S03 is a shortcut to this area. 7S03 ends at South Main Divide 7S04 and the OHV area is just a short distance to the south. The South Main Divide Road is the route of choice for a low clearance 2wd vehicle, coming south off the Ortega Highway, Hwy74, 9 miles away. Even though I rated Los Alamos at 1-2, I was amazed to see 2wd pickups pulling large trailers filled with quads and bikes. Here is a link for more information. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cleveland/recarea/?recid=47680

7S04 - Juan Diego Flats OHV - Anza, California
Technical Rating: 1-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.7 Miles
Duration: 40 minutes
Status: Open

7S04 - Juan Diego Flats OHV

Anza, California

7S04 - Juan Diego Flats OHV is one of a trio of connecting trails just outside the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness Area, in the San Bernardino National Forest. The trail follows Wilson Creek to it's end, and the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness is just south of this beautiful trail. The area is known for its gemstone mining, and it's link to the Ramona Pageant in Hemet. Juan Diego was murdered here in 1883, and there is a Historical Marker on this trail at Waypoint 3. His death is the basis for the longest running outdoor play in the United States.

7S04 - South Main Divide

Lake Elsinore, California

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7 Up (Easy Way)  / Tillamook State Forest - Banks, Oregon
Technical Rating: 4-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 0.4 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

7 Up (Easy Way) / Tillamook State Forest

Banks, Oregon

The 7 Up (Easy Way) trail is a challenging but manageable adventure through the forest to the top of the hill where the iconic 7 Up (Hard Way) trail connects. There are three legs to 7 Up which include two legs that are passable by normal 4x4s (detailed in this trail description) and one leg that is a challenge for even the most built buggies (detailed as the 7 Up (Hard Way) trail). On warm summer afternoons, rock buggies can often be found battling up the 7 Up (Hard Way) trail where they often break axles, drive lines, and occasionally flip over and crash down the hill. The 7 Up (Easy Way) trail is a popular trail that many overlanders enjoy throughout the year. The trail winds up and down through a deep, dark forest where night time comes hours ahead of schedule. Thick moss hangs from the trees in some areas and lends a magical, enchanted aura to the trail especially in the late afternoon and early evening.

8 Mile Road Modified - Las Vegas, Nevada
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.9 Miles
Duration: 40 minutes
Status: Open

8 Mile Road Modified

Las Vegas, Nevada

8 Mile Road(Modified) is an off-road trail located east of Las Vegas in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area(LMNRA). The LMNRA, operated by the National Park Service is located in both Nevada and Arizona. It follows the Colorado River corridor. The LMNRA includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, both reservoirs created by Hoover and Davis Dams plus their surrounding areas. Lake Mead was formed in 1935, less than a year before Hoover Dam construction was finished. In 1964, Congress approved the expanded area as the first National Recreation Area.

8 Mile Road is named for the distance from East Lake Mead Parkway to the turn off for the road.

This off-road trail makes for a great day trip for some water fun, hiking and or camping. The end point is a nice sandy beach area, perfect to the enjoy the sunny weather and cool off in the water. Just be sure to bring your trunks, food, drinks and some shade. The trail is an easy drive with a scenic desert landscape. There are also beautiful views of Lake Mead as you approach the end of the trail. Plenty of wildlife was observed.

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