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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: 1-2
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: Open

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: Open

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.

8S05 - Highpoint - Temecula, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.9 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

8S05 - Highpoint

Temecula, California

8S05 - Highpoint is in the Cleveland National Forest. It is an ideal 4x4 off-road trail for the newbie wheeler to gain access to the west end of Palomar Divide Trail up at the top of the ridge. The views to the south, of the Aguanga Valley and beyond are spectacular. The Cutca Hiking Trailhead goes off to the west from this trail into the Agua Tibia Wilderness for some fantastic scenery and dispersed camping. You can encounter every forest animal except bear so be watchful and respectful.

8S10 - Red Lake Road

Shaver Lake, California

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8S42 to Sand Flats - Shaver Lake, California
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.4 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Seasonal Closure

8S42 to Sand Flats

Shaver Lake, California

Forest route 8S42, part of the Red Mountain OHV trail system in the Sierra National Forest, includes mild off-road challenges, dense green forest, numerous camping opportunities and, best of all, access to the five lake trails; Red Lake, Coyote Lake, Mirror Lake, Strawberry Lake and West Lake.

8S42 - Sand Flats is a great trail for an off-road beginner or a necessary trail for the more advanced wheeler looking to reach the more challenging lake trails at the east end.

9014 Aqua Fria Ruins, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona
Technical Rating: 2-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.7 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

9014 Aqua Fria Ruins, Arizona

Black Canyon City, Arizona

The American Southwest is rich in Native American History but very few locations allow off-road enthusiasts the opportunity to drive right up to ruins like you can in the Aqua Fria National Monument. Roughly 40 miles north of Phoenix, this little known area has some of the best preserved Indian and early settler stone ruin sites. The earliest inhabitants were people that lived in the region between 1250 and 1450 A.D. They created an intricate network of over 450 mass dwelling sites that are spread out all over the area. The monument was created to protect the ruins, the beautiful Aqua Fria River, and its tributaries. As noted in the Presidential proclamation on Jan. 20, 2011 “The monument contains one of the most significant systems of late prehistoric sites in the American Southwest.”

9014 will lead you back in time to ancient Native American ruin sites that have been naturally preserved for over 500 years. When you walk around the ruin sites, you have to pay attention to where you step because pottery shards are all over the ground. These small pieces are easily spotted by their smooth surface and red hue but please only take pictures to help preserve the history for future generations. You can also view thousands of petroglyphs lining the cliffs, while below there are old remains of a large mining operation.

9023 Pueblo la Plata Ruins, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona
Technical Rating: 1-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.1 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

9023 Pueblo la Plata Ruins, Arizona

Black Canyon City, Arizona

Pueblo la Plata, 9023 will take you back in time to ancient Native American ruin sites that have been naturally preserved for over 500 years. The American Southwest is rich in Native American History but very few locations allow off-road enthusiasts the opportunity to drive right up to ruins like you can in the Aqua Fria National Monument. Roughly 40 miles north of Phoenix, this little known area has some of the best preserved Indian and early settler stone ruin sites.

The earliest inhabitants were people that lived in the region between 1250 and 1450 A.D. They created an intricate network of over 450 mass dwelling sites that are spread out all over the area. The monument was created to protect the ruins, the beautiful Aqua Fria River, and its tributaries. As noted in the Presidential proclamation on Jan. 20, 2011 “The monument contains one of the most significant systems of late prehistoric sites in the American Southwest.” When you walk around the ruin sites, you have to pay attention to where you step because pottery shards are all over the ground. These small pieces are easily spotted by their smooth surface and red hue but please only take pictures to help preserve the history for future generations.

9S04 - Puerta la Cruz

Aguanga, California

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9S05 - Indian Flats

Aguanga, California

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9S06 - Halfway Road

California

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