Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Angeles National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
10 days ago

this is a great skill builder trail for those getting into 4 wheeling. the steep technical climbs are mild and keep you enjoying the trail. mid way there is a sketchy hill climb option that has 4 paths up. the 2 center being the most rutted out and will require lockers to get through. this can be bypassed of course. towards the top there is a rock crawling obstacle for those that want to test their rig and their skill. I had no problems with my jeep wrangler. from the top, you can loop back down, or continue trail to the reservoir. i have done both and prefer the continue to the reservoir as now the descends are technical but not too extreme.

on Del Sur Ridge

17 days ago

what a fun and challenging hike....

Definitely not hard as rated. Wide truck path with slight incline/decline. No shade though so not ideal for warmer weather

Hiked this today and it was glorious with some spectacular views.

on Old Mount Baldy Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from Mt. Baldy Lodge to the summit via Bear Canyon Trail on 4/16/18. Although I am an experienced hiker, this was one of the more challenging hikes I've ever done, probably due to the elevation gain of nearly 6,000 feet over 6.4 miles, and then suffering that a second time on the descent. By the time I got back to the lodge, I felt like I needed bilateral knee replacements, a shower, a hot meal, and a warm bed. Thankfully, I stayed in the Mt. Baldy Lodge the night before (so I was acclimated and well-rested) and the night after (so I got everything I needed except the knee replacements). Behold, IPA and Tylenol!

I left the trail head around 8am, just behind the church parking lot. It was about 60 degrees. The first mile or so was on a paved road, followed by a nice stint in the woods. After that, there was about 2 miles of grueling uphill switchbacks that almost caused me to give up because the loose gravel sucked! Eventually, I hit about the 4-mile mark, and I kept repeating to myself, "You didn't come this far to only come this far!" Onward, through bouts of gusty wind, a nerve-wracking precipice with steep drop-offs on both sides, and the occasional clear view all the way down to the Los Angeles valley. By the time I made it to the summit, it was almost 2pm, and it was freezing! I saw only one other person at the summit, and he was wearing such heavy gloves that I felt mildly jealous. We sat together for a time, talking about our routes and enjoying the intermittent clear views. The clouds would roll in, we would hunker down behind the manmade rock walls scattered about the summit, and then the clouds would roll away, and we could see for miles and miles. It was a special feeling.

The hike back down took almost half as long, so I returned to the village before sunset around 7pm. Be forewarned, the signs at the Visitor Center claim that the Bear Canyon Trail is only 8 hours roundtrip. I think that's true if you don't stop to catch your breath or enjoy the views at the top. Give yourself about 10-12 hours and take some warm clothing for the summit. All in all, it's worth it.

Hiked April 18th. As others stated this is a tough uphill climb and difficult downhill due to the loose rock and gravel on the steep slope. Less traffic on this route. Beautiful views after the first couple miles. Better views than the backbone-ski hut trail. Recommend this for others who have already done the busy Manker routes and looking for something more challenging. Don't underestimate this route.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the trail you want to utilize if you're looking to avoid the Hollywood hikers using Icehouse and Devil's Backbone. Beautiful views and many parts of this hike are quite pleasant despite the large elevation gain. Be extremely careful going down. Lots of loose rock to send you down the mountain if you aren't careful.

This is the only way I used to go to the summit of Mount Baldy before. I hiked it 12 times on this route. It’s a great trail for wintertime especially. Too hot and dry for summer. I even broke my leg on it in December 2012.

An amazing, but very hard hike. It starts out going up, then you reach a point after the Bear flats campground were it starts going more steeply up through some thick vegetation. When you reach the top of this section there a 3-4 new sections of up, the last one being the steepest. After this last climb you reach the saddle, and then it continues up, but not as steep for the last mile and a half to Mt Baldy. For me the last 2 miles to the peak were painful this time around, felt drained and pushed on on mostly willpower. Started as late as 11am and it got a little too hot, luckily it was cooler at higher elevations. The descent was super fast today, normally my knees will hurt, but they felt really good so I made it down quite fast without any suffering a little before 6pm. The views and scenery were stunning in the later afternoon light. Cool people on the trail. If you want to avoid some of the crowds from the ski lift and such, this is the trail to take.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun little beginner trail. Had a blast driving around and taking photos

off road driving
1 month ago

Really fun but did not go the entire way as it would take a bit of time. A lot of great spots with different challenges and some great views for a picnic. We went during the week and only ran into a few others but otherwise it was very quiet.

07 FJ Cruiser Base, my first time out with it, and it was awesome! Not too bad, went after a rain spell and there were a few deep puddles but the cruiser coasted through. Great scenery on a sunny day!

off road driving
2 months ago

I went the day after it rained. The Trail is clearly marked, and has half a dozen or so meanders that eventually bring you back to the main Trail. There were several muddy passages that I would expect to be dry a couple days after the rain so 2wd vehicles should be fine as long as you stick to the trail.

I followed the AllTrails.com track however there was more to do beyond the listed end point and a few trails that were off the beaten path to be explored.

This trail is listed as moderate but I think you can choose between easy and moderate, depending on which meanders you pick. If you only do the main Trail you could do the entire trek in a mid size SUV or crossover. You could also choose paths that require 4X4 and more clearance.

The roads are wide so you can always turn around if you get in over your head.

Keep it slow around turns, there are many blind turns and motorcyclists like to ride up there as well.

2 months ago

Nice Trail- went it rains and puddles look crazy and un passable. Juts power through as they are no hidden rocks

3 months ago

Fun off road trails close to LA

off road driving
3 months ago

Excellent trail! Starting at the bottom and driving north had some steep inclines. Got lost around the top and found another easier trail back to the start making a loop. Cool rock formations near the start. Overall, great views. North end has some rocky areas but all the roads are pretty wide. I’d give it a 5 if I was actually able to complete it without getting lost.

off road driving
3 months ago

This is a nice super easy trail to begin with not much of a view but still a nice way to get away

off road driving
3 months ago

This was a fun ride that we wanted to do again recently and we were very disappointed to see it closed.
I don't know why that's the case but hopefully it'll reopen at some stage.

Easy fire road traveling to the top of mountain.
Lunch at the top enjoying beautiful views.

off road driving
4 months ago

I ride my dual sport here often, the tail is easy but beware of the steep drops on the side. Ride carefully! You will need a permit to ride or drive here so stop by the San Gabriel OHV area on Sat/Sun and register (its free). With registration you get access to the gate for two weeks before needing to re-register

off road driving
4 months ago

Wide open dirt road. 17 Subaru Outback

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is steep. With loose soil and gravel on the way up. Bring plenty of water. This hike is very difficult. Condition yourself and train before attempting this climb to 10,000ft.

hiking
4 months ago

TLDR: This hike is steep but reasonable. Excellent training hike for Cactus to Clouds. Harder than San Gorgonio (Vivian Creek) or San Jacinto (Marion Mountain or Deer Creek) imho, but not not by much.

The gate to the welcome center was closed, but there is parking on the street just to the right of the gate. There were signs instructing us pull in nose first. I displayed my pass on the rear view mirror.

The climb begins before you even make it to the trail head and does not let up until at least 3 miles into the hike. Even when it lets up, you're obviously still climbing, it's just not as steep. This works out nicely however because as the elevation starts to take its effect on your body, the climb becomes easier.

I would say the steepest sections are on par with Sturtevant Trail at Mt Wilson, the first mile of Vivian Creek at San Gorgonio or climbing the south side of Telegraph Peak on Three T's Trail. Point being its a good quad burning climb, but it's reasonable for a seasoned hiker. However, I would not recommend this trail to anyone who has not at least hiked Baldy via Ski Hut Trail or San Gorgonio from Vivian Creek. This is just my personal opinion, but this trail is harder than both of those. People use this as training for Cactus to Clouds or Whitney for a reason.

Around the time the incline lets up a little bit, the view opens up as well. There are excellent views of all the local peaks including Bighorn, Sugarloaf, Ontario, Cucumonga and the Three T's. As you near the summit, Harwood, West Baldy and Baldy come into view. And obviously from the peak you can see everything including San Gorgonio, San Jacinto, Santiago, Santa Catalina Island and even Boney Ridge in the Santa Monica Mountains.

As for the descent, I can't comment on the "out and back" route as my friend and I went back using Ski Hut Trail. It was his first time to Baldy (experienced hiker however) and he wanted to check out the sights Baldy Bowl had to offer. He was not disappointed. But I imagine if you went back down the way you came, trekking poles would be a HUGE help as some sections are rather steep and slippery, just like Ski Hut Trail.

off road driving
5 months ago

Very easy 10 mile trail to do. The best view is at the end of the trail where there is a closed gate and you must turn back around. Must get a permit from the Glendora Ranger Station to get the lock combo to the gate. I would rate it 5 star if it wasn’t because you have to turn back around. Please don’t liter and help keep these trails clean for everyone’s enjoyment.

off road driving
5 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

Fun skill building hills and trails. 4x4 with lift and rear lockers recommended. Great scenic views and technical uphill climbs.

off road driving
5 months ago

Went up last night around 10pm during high gust winds in a 1997 Subaru Outback Sport. car is pretty much factory, on 17" Legacy Wheels and worn Factory Michelin Tires. As stated, trail is closed about 10miles in but still a decent trail for beginners and non-lifted vehicles. Might rate higher once we get a chance to try out the rest of the trail when the gates open up!

off road driving
6 months ago

I️t was my first time off road driving. I was truly impress, the entire trip was amazing the scenic views and most importantly off roading!!

off road driving
6 months ago

Great amount of variety of off road vehicle trails. Some were extremely challenging and intimidating. We had so much fun driving the variety of interconnecting steep hills, gullies and trails that we never made it to the lake. Will definitely go again!

hiking
6 months ago

No nonsense path to the summit.
Started just before 6am and reached the summit at 10:30. The first 2 miles is a fairly easy walk from the church parking lot to Bear Flats, from that point the next 3.5 miles are the toughest with almost 4,000 feet of elevation gain. The total mileage recorded was 13.5 with a net elevation gain of 5,900 feet. It was very windy at the summit with sustained wind of about 20 miles per hour making the temperature feel like mid to high 30’s. The decent only took about 3 hourswith my total time on the mountain 8 hour and 15 minuets including breaks. This was my first time on this trail and I will definitely be doing it again in the future.

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