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Fun 4x4 trail.

It was a pretty good trail, don’t think I was allowed to do it on a dual sport but I did it anyway. The soft sand was ruff haha. I probably wouldn’t do it again because of my off road vehicle, but there is definitely beauty in desert scenery.

nice caves and canyons. However, long washboard trail was punishing.

off road driving
1 month ago

Completed this trail 02/24/2018 Via a 2004 Toyota Landcruiser with 32 inch tires no lift only side steps removed .starting in the Julian area and ended at the S2 . Trail has an unlocked gate might need 2 people 1 to hols the gate one to drive threw it . Trail is not difficult starting in Julian it can be completed in 4 high . There js a side trail approx 200 feet up a steep rutted hill at
33.047086 , 116.539230 . This trailed must be completed in 4lo and what ever traction aids your vehicle has turned on . I did manage to 3 wheel up the side trail and down the side trail with no damage. After completing this , the trail is uneven hardpack for a couple miles then you start and decent traveling next to a cliffside with baseball size rocks there is a squeeze at one section with only a couple inches between the Landcruiser and rocks . A couple of microwave size rocks need careful tire placement. And a Sharp turn with some rock stacking from previous adventurers . Hit the valley floor and about 15 minutes your out .

I recommend this trail for stock vehicles equipped with 4 Low and about 9 inches of ground clearance. Trail is more interesting heading up the trail from the s2 in Anza ending in Julian . There is a few side trails which can test your courage and rig . Good luck.

off road driving
2 months ago

It's a fun little easy drive. Done it a couple of times in the summer and the shade was appreciated.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail. didnt use 4 wheel drive at all.

off road driving
2 months ago

An awesome drive. You can drive even further to the bottom of Heart Attack Hill or up to Dave Clark Dry Spring. It's about an hour and a half drive one way once you get onto the dirt. That's assuming you are driving at a speed that's leaving a cloud of dust for all the other campers to enjoy. Tons of options for camping sites.

off road driving
2 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

Camped in Little Blair valley on the east side of the trail. Several primitive campsites encircle the valley, which gets filled with wildflowers in the spring. Biked the entire route with a buddy; great ride, strenuous at times and some soft sandy sections, but great scenery. Hiked up the indian trail at the southeast end of the loop the next day, its about 3 miles in and back from the trailhead. There are several morteros and Native American petroglyphs on the large rocks in the valley. Heading back it started to rain pretty good, be careful getting out, there are some muddy bits of track on the Big Blair (west loop) side of the range.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best examples of native “rock art” in the region. Easy to access and a pleasant nature hike overall. Bring the kids. Wash is stable most of the year. Still best to bring a 4x4.

off road driving
3 months ago

I have taken this path (The Mason Valley Truck Trail) twice now. Once from the 78 at Banner Grade down to the S2 at Box Canyon and once in the opposite direction from S2 up to 78. Took my LR4 going up and my 4Runner coming down. It was a tough trip going both ways. But also really fun and quite beautiful. Oriflamme has an amazing history. Look it up before you go. The path is rocky and a very rough trip for anyone without experience. I recommend having a spotter/co-pilot on board too - like you would climbing rocks. My most recent trip was in October of 2017. The rains have caused major erosion since my first trip. I would rate it medium to hard because of the tight spaces, shear drops and loose surfaces. Only true off-road “overland” vehicles with a narrow footprint and shorter wheelbase will fit. Ample clearance is important too. No full-size trucks or large SUVs. You’ll risk major damage. Very few places to turn back once you get started. Also note, the big metal gate up at Banner isn’t really locked.

off road driving
3 months ago

Nice moderate trail. Don't necessarily NEED 4WD for the parts I went on. Trail was gated after many miles up, maybe half way. Very nice views and a variety of hillside mixed with shady trees overhead. Wish I could have continued all the way but I did enjoy up until where it was open, wish I recorded GPS so that I can give better reference.

off road driving
3 months ago

This was a fun trail done in a Jeep. Trail was done mostly in 2wd. Will definitely head back in the spring the flower should be cool out here.

Dusty but lots of fun. Very worth going. Can’t wait to go back. You can also camp there.

off road driving
3 months ago

Took out my family in my Titan that’s 2wd, had no problem at all handling anything out there. Easy trails to navigate mainly follow the wash till you get there. Some soft sand here and there but the trails are so wide that you can easily go around. Didn’t have to air down the tires or anything like that.

off road driving
4 months ago

BLOCKED halfway in. Fun trail to drive through. We started on the North side, and made our way down. About 5 miles or so onto the trail, an abandoned trailer blocks the road, and you can't pass it. It looks like a local blocked it on purpose, and the area around it (local inhabitants) didn't seem very friendly. So, expect to be stopped midway. there may be a way around it, but we didn't risk it, nor explore the area to find another route

Really fun trail. Main trail is wide, follows a wash, and the driver can easily pick their own route. Plenty of forks, so remember where you go; seemed easy to get lost or turned around.

off road driving
4 months ago

Wow! What an awesome ride with amazing views. Went early in the morning and passed six 4x4 enthusiasts trail had places to pull over. Took the dog and did some hiking at the end of the trail. Definitely will add this to the return trip list! Moderate trail did not need 4x4 at all I have a limited wrangler with a 4” lift and oversized tires.

it's quite lovely !!!!!!!

off road driving
4 months ago

Scenic trail, fun to drive and safe to take family. At the top of the mountains there are areas to pull off and passing lanes on the way up. Definitely recommend it! I recommend you take food and drinks being you are a long way up.

on Black Canyon Road to Pamo Road

off road driving
5 months ago

Very fun and easy drive for the novice with a lot of great scenery. The traffic is light and it’s more like an unpaved back country road instead of an off road trail. It’s a great way to head from Ramona to Julian in a 4x4

off road driving
5 months ago

Nice Sunday drive with my kids. Did not encounter much traffic on the way up or down, only three other vehicles during the time we were there.

I don't think I did the full 29 miles but I did a large portion of it. Easy wash roads, beautiful desert scenery.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great trails, well kept and easy for any 4x4 and most likely 2 wheel drive. Great views of open landscape for miles. Nice size summit for camping, hiking or taking in a lunch.

Had to move over for 3-different truck coming the other way and had plenty of room to do so.

Some loss rock on the road so be careful, they can be sharp and cut a tire.

off road driving
6 months ago

Great day trip. Only a few vehicles on the trail.

Fun trail, but roads are narrow and can scratch the truck, mostly 2wd only needed, hard to see other traffic going up and down

off road driving
6 months ago

not bad. did the trail after 4pm and no other vehicles out there. narrow at times. careful with the turns, had lights on and hand on horn just in case, it's a shared path coming and going. no mirrors out there like some southbay trails to spot on coming vehicles. saw some wild life.

off road driving
6 months ago

The gate was open, drove up and spent the night in the truck. Nice views, deer and turkeys in the valley on the way in. Someone stole the benchmarks and there was no register to be found on the peak.

off road driving
6 months ago

Easy dirt trails weaving through a valley in a desert mountain range. There is a lot to do up here and many historic and archaeological goodies to see. The vegetation is still desert, but more lush than in the lower elevations of Anza-Borrego, there are a lot of great views and good campsites.

2wd only needed, very easy with decent tires no clearance needed

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