Explore the most popular off road driving trails in El Dorado 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
15 days ago

Have done about 6 times. Five on motorcycles starting when my son and daughter were around 10-12 yrs old. Twice stoped by snow near top but kept coming back! Did last yr in RZR for first time. Some mods have definitely been made at the only two tougher areas to reduce the difficulty factor by at least a full star. Great fun run and the view at top towards Kirkwood will not disappoint. Kids are in 20's now and both just revisited and enjoyed some more but both noted sadly the easyfication of it and were bummed that somebody had done that. So 4 for view and different terrain but 3 for difficulty. Motorcycles harder.

You cannot do this trail in a stock jeep without lots of careful wheel placement, lockers, rock stacking and even then there are large portions of the trail that a stock JK or JL couldn’t do with out body damage or mechanical damage. It’s a super cool trail with lots of traffic during events. With heavy traffic it can easily take you 8hrs to drive from loon lake to rubicon springs and back.

off road driving
1 month ago

The map shown is not Baltic Ridge trail. What is shown is a combination of several different trails and would be difficult to follow unless you know the area. The route shown from the higher elevation down is 9N30, right onto 10N47 and left onto 10N46 (Piliken Road) then ends at he junction of 9N30. Only the 9N30 portion is open in winter, but will be covered in 8+ feet of snow.
The correct Baltic Ridge trail, starts about 2 miles up MET from where this one is shown to start. it follows along Baltic ridge and ends down at Bonetti road, only the very lower and upper ends show on the map. it is much narrower and over grown with brush on the higher end. 4WD is only need in one area when going up just before it crosses Piliken Road

off road driving
1 month ago

Ran the trail on 9/8/18 from Hwy. 88 to 50. First off, it's great that this trail was able to be opened back up to use. As for the trail, it was mostly a dirty, dusty forest service road. Only one spot was "difficult" for anything is stock or mildly built. Overall, it was a good trail, but does not deserve a HARD rating, that is why the 3 stars.

off road driving
1 month ago

Im not sure why this trail is rated as difficult. There are only 2 areas that might give a stock vehicle some difficulty. However, if you have a little bit of a lift and 33s you should breeze through this trail.

1 month ago

Difficult and demanding trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

This was a bucket list trail for me. I went with Modern Jeeper Adventures (Metalcloak) and Jeepers Jamboree. It was an amazing experience. Rock rails and skid plates are a must. THey will be used.

As of today, this trail is officially open. Hope to run soon.

over the years it's got a little easier, there's still points that are challenging even with more advance drivers and built rigs. 33" tires can do the trail with a good spotter 35" tires and a locker would be advisable. great trail AMAZING views.

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome

off road driving
2 months ago

An amazing trail with several fun crawling spot and extremely beautiful

off road driving
3 months ago

I drove this a few weeks ago, came in on the highway 4 side and out the highway 88 side. I camped by the creek about an hour or so in on the highway 4 side. Quite beautiful. Some spots can be a bit challenging but with a well equipped Jeep - I did it on my own without too much concern for damage or breaking down.

off road driving
4 months ago

This was my first time going off road in my new TRD Pro 4Runner. It was a beautiful drive, a littlr dusty. I ended up taking a side trail that was pretty difficult but the 4Runner took everything like a champ. When I got off this side trail I got lost and I couldnt make it back on without a spotter. I just drove around for hours and finally found pavement. I will be coming back soon.

Amazing

This trail / rough road was fun to explore. We kept finding ouselves on other roads because we did not have the map zoomed in enough. There are lots of roads and trails to explore connected to this trail. We did not find anything that a stock 4x4 could not handle. Make sure to download the map because there is no cell service.

one of first big Jeeping experience. great trail but be wary.. if you don't have a true off roading vehicle this can be an almost impossible trek. a few boulders did have us getting stuck. overcame with a lil keeper help .... definitely for those able to manuver boulders , thin sides and come prepared in case you stuck.
also saw off-road motorcycle on trail and pull to allow passing.
one of our Favs on Camping spot found.

horseback riding
4 months ago

I have ridden my horse on the trail. No problem and a whole lot faster than driving.

off road driving
5 months ago

Not to bad was easy for my sequoia to get through. lots of other trails around area to explore.

off road driving
5 months ago

Just a dirt road that's poorly marked.

off road driving
8 months ago

Trail is not closed, we did it today... Was amazing, a tiny bit of snow, but trail was in good condition. Cant wait for summer... They made it easier, there is no more crap that will smash your truck :)

10 months ago

Is this trail open in winter?

horseback riding
11 months ago

Question: is this trail horse friendly?

Challenging trail that never disappoints

off road driving
Thursday, October 05, 2017

The trail is officially open with trail repairs made at the stream crossings. Such hard work went into this, please stay on the trail and keep the trail open.

We made it through the trail in about 3 or so hours. This trail is not for those with little to no experience and no armor or locking differential. There are a lot of tight spots and to make matters worse, a large rock right in the middle. Busted side mirror on the large tree with the off camber lean.

It was great to run this trail, it had been about 15 years since the last time I ran it.

off road driving
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Excellent trail. Fantastic scenery and lakes you can actually swim in!
Definitely will run it again!

off road driving
Friday, September 15, 2017

The trail is back open to off road vehicles!

We completed it on 9/9/2017
This is not a trail for the casual wheel, I would not attempt it with out at least one locker and rock sliders.

But if you have the right rig, I would highly recommend this tail. We completed it in about 5 hours but where going pretty slow with lots of stops along the way.

off road driving
Friday, August 18, 2017

I drove this trail with a stock 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4X4 (non-Z71) V6 and it was easy and fun and had no problems. The view is amazing too. I also drove other trails nearby in Darlington California which were also pretty simple with some trails being more bumpy in tougher. This was my first offroad adventure and wont be my last. I will eventually lift this truck to go through the tougher routes. If you are new to offroading or want a simple offroading experience then this a great trail.

off road driving
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Does any know if this is opened? Can really find any information on it.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Bad ass!!! I love my back yard!!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great trail. fairly easy. great first time trail.

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