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off road driving
15 hours ago

great beginners trail, but do not go alone. A few spots can be difficult depending on what trail you take and vehicle you drive. 4wd no problem. 2wd can be challenging for some.

This trail is real fun. My wife hates off-roading but really like this trip. There was snow on and off the trail but not to where you need chains. When it’s dry, I could see a 2wd vehicle (with an experienced driver) make it fine. I feel 4x4 was definitely needed this time around. A few small mud pits and soggy sections but again, not too bad. We ended the day in Big Bear after a snow ball fight and had dinner in town. It was a great day

fun easy trail with one spot moderate. 33's, no locker XJ crawled right thru the one section.

camping
14 days ago

Once in a life time trail. recomend for anyone! must do. absolutely will not regret. bring fire lots of firewood. enjoy the night sky and the coyote calling at night. lots of animals signs if u know where to look. bring heater cuz it's cold at night. I traveled west to east. right off the bat is a three feet water crossing. I made it just fine in a stock gx470. heavily loaded with gear guess and dog. start the wake and stay behind the wake. I did it on 2low center diff locked. after that is a rock wall climb. I dented my rear trailing arm mount on the way up. another three feet water crossing is nextbut there is a by pass on the far left of u dont want to get wet again. after that it was just beautiful trails. take lots of pics and enjoy!

off road driving
15 days ago

Definitely a great time. Couple of narrow/switchback sections that would be tough for a truck. I did it in a stock Wrangle JL, no problem...other than we started at 4pm. About 1.5 hours in and it was pitch black. Bad call on my part I guess, as it was only my second time off roading, but everything ended up ok. We started on the south end, so we got the first technical part done with plenty of light. Right before you get to the easy section in JTNP, there’s a pretty rocky, difficult section. We got through without any scrubbing or rubbing, so that was good. Big thing... plan your time accordingly, it took us like 3.5 hours from Dillon road to Park Rd in JTNP. Otherwise it was a lot of fun and built a lot of confidence for me in the capabilities of my Jeep. 4x4 and good clearance are a must. Also look out, there’s a lot of “ranges” in the slot canyons to the south on the BLM land, so lots of shooters and gunfire, nothing sketchy, but it just takes one person not paying attention to ruin everyone’s day.

Did this in a stock 2018 Crosstrek the day after Thanksgiving and had no issues. Take it all with a grain of salt as rainfall and use will change conditions so be sure to stop at the visitor's center outside the park, ask a ranger about the road conditions, and pick up one of the tour pamphlets. It was a great day out there and the landscape was beautiful. We ended up spending our entire time in the park in this area because it was away from the crowds.

It was a bit washboardy at the beginning and end but otherwise the trail was in reasonably good shape for us. Definitely would advise against rolling the dice with a sedan or low clearance SUV, though. And there's a bit of loose sand in spots, so 4 or AWD is definitely the way to go.

So it was readily accessible to a soft-roader with good ground clearance like the Crosstrek. Just keep in mind that especially if you're not in a more purpose-built vehicle like a Wrangler, just be prepared and be comfortable with your vehicle. There's no cell service out there, and one of the great selling points of this area is you're not likely to see many other people, so if you break down or get stuck, it could be a while.

off road driving
21 days ago

A great adventure! I recommend doing the trip in 3 days with two overnights. That will allow you to take the time to explore your surroundings. I especially recommend hiking the trail at Fort Piute to check out the petroglyphs. We had two stock 4x4 Grand Cherokees (2012 and 2008) with slightly oversized BFG KO2s. 90% of the trail was easy and about 10% moderate difficulty. Traveling East to West the hill descent into Watson Wash was a bit sketchy- especially as we arrived there at dusk. In its current condition climbing that hill would not be possible in a stock rig. The hill can be bypassed if necessary; two lifted and well equipped wranglers tried to climb it while we were there and had to bypass.

Great easy trail, clearly marked, and a fun introduction to trail/off-road driving!!!

off road driving
26 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

Felt like Tatooine Sand People were going to descend at any minute. Felt like there was a high probability of a meth/ heroin encounter, which is a bit concerning based on the proximity to a BLM shooting range. (All of those celebrating their Constitutional rights today at 8 am were complete gentlemen. An armed society is a polite society). Did not see anyone intending harm, but did see hundreds of (spray) painted rocks, an abandoned refrigerator or two, lots of broken glass, car parts, mechanical parts, and just plain parts. Everywhere. Would go back, just without kids, with bear spray, and with lots more ammo.

Tough hike going up hill most of the first half and could not hike the whole loop. Able to see the Colorado river and the Thumb Butte. Next time I will start to the left on the loop hoping it's not as steep, and try to complete the loop.

It’s was a fun little trail did it in a superduty

Awesome easy trail, a little rocky at times. Had lunch at Rose Mine then headed down into Big Bear village for dinner. Good times. A must try ..

off road driving
1 month ago

i haven't been on West Phillips Drive in about 10 years. It is much more challenging now after years of getting washed out. I made it pretty easily in a mostly stock Jeep JK on 35's.

Fun and scenic. We drove eastbound and had a great time. I have a 2wd, long wheelbase, lifted Chevy Express with a Detroit Locker and we had no issue. I expected to use my winch but no need. This would be a breeze in a 4x4 and there are some side obstacles to enjoy in one. We'll definitely be back!

off road driving
1 month ago

I took this road as part the geology scenic road with my fiancée in Joshua Tree. It first starts as dirt then it transitions into Berdoo canyon (all gravel). We were driving 2017 jeep grand cherokee 4x4. You definitely need high clearance, also some tires with a bit a of side wall. Low tire pressure is recommended especially with so many small sharp rocks. I recommend you get a spotter on certain parts to make it easier. If your driving a lifted truck or suv with good tires it should be a breeze. BTW. Talk about the Hills Have Eyes, the entire canyon gave us that vibe. All in all not to bad if you have the proper off road vehicle. Good Luck!

off road driving
1 month ago

Went to Berdoo with stock Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru Outback with BF KO2 tires. (No lift on both cars). We took the trails towards south which made obstacles much easier for our rides. 2 inch lift would make this trail very easy. Our only problem was the ground clearance. Pretty much any SUV can make this trail towards south. If you are planing to start from Palms Springs and finish at Joshua Tree, make sure that you have some better ground clearance than stock SUVs.

off road driving
1 month ago

Went to Berdoo with stock Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru Outback with BF KO2 tires. (No lift on both cars). We took the trails towards south which made obstacles much easier for our rides. 2 inch lift would make this trail very easy. Our only problem was the ground clearance. Pretty much any SUV can make this trail towards south. If you are planing to start from Palms Springs and finish at Joshua Tree, make sure that you have some better ground clearance than stock SUVs.

off road driving
2 months ago

Enjoyed myself driving this trail and think if you are in the area you would also enjoy it.

I just drove this trail in the wife’s Lexus RX350, in Oct 2018. As everyone is trying to find a parking spot a the Bixby Bridge lookout, and I mean everyone. We made the turn and kept going. It’s a easy graded dirt road and 4wheel drive is not even needed to pass but why not put it in. It’s a great SUV/Outback type trail that will get your car dirty. There is ups and down and beautiful views that you cannot see from the highway . It’s well worth the 12 miles of back road with gorgeous scenery in the redwoods, grasslands, chapperel .

Camped overnight to take pictures of the Perseids meteor shower and drove through on the way out of JT in the morning.

Did the full loop; trail had bad wash-boarding/ really bumpy at the beginning for a quite a while. The trail was mostly sand and some loose rock. Views were nice and only saw one other car on the trail.

Always a fun drive. It's our short cut into Joshua Tree. Get the annual pass it's like $60 and gets you access to all of the national parks. The main drive is really easy, there is one spot where you need to take your time, and one spot where it's really rocky for like 3/4 of a mile. The rest is dirt or sand. There are a few side trails that are fun and challenging.

OMG! hubby and I are new retirees and I just traded in my 2002 Thunderbird for a 2018 Rubicon not for off roading actually but for the looks. Decided to might as well try our very first off road experience on our 46th anniversary date (9/1) and off we went. Luckily there were quite a bit of other off roaders which made me much less nervous. A few spots only one vehicle at a time and a few areas big boulders but nothing that one can't get through. It was a pretty easy drive and I am glad I had this app showing us where we were on the trail because at some forks there were only very small markers showing the trail we needed to continue on. Remember this was our very first time doing something like this but yes, I'm ready for the next one..

Fun to drive, easy road, can be muddy and can be sandy.

off road driving
3 months ago

Along for the ride this easy ride was an enjoyable one to the look out tower where The ranger was very welcoming and informative. If you want a nice ride this is one to do with family.

Gravel road. Very dusty, but worth it.

4 months ago

Enjoyed the trail would recommend it to other off road enthusiasts.

off road driving
4 months ago

We started our off roading adventures with this trail. At the beginning we found it quite exciting and adventurous, slow going for our first adventure. The trail calmed down but still had some challenges the further we went. At about the 17 mile mark we were stopped by a gate and had to take the McCandless Gulch Road back to Hwy 299. We really had a blast as now we have added off road driving to our biking and hiking.

We had such a great time. No problems just a little rocky in some areas. I drive a stock Xterra pro x. I would like to come back and do it again when it snows.

off road driving
4 months ago

What an awesome experience! Got to take my 3 year old and 5 year old out in the rig today and had a blast! Honestly I stayed in 2wd for 97% of the trail. Gets pretty rocky in some sections but overall definitely worth checking out!

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