Fred Canyon Road [CLOSED]

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Fred Canyon Road [CLOSED] is a 14 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pine Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

nature trips

off road driving

views

closed

2 months ago

The trail was closed on 3/31/17. Right after leaving the long gravel road (la costa truck trail) the trail gate, where things were just starting to get interesting, was locked.

off road driving
4 months ago

4wd may not really be needed. Did it in my stock Lexus GX470 no problem. Even after it rained the week before, there was only a little bit of mud but was easy to gain enough speed to splash through. I took it to Thing Valley Rd. There is steep drop at this intersection, not recommended for low clearance vehicles. Good views and close to SD.

off road driving
5 months ago

Started from the Kitchen Creek Road side and followed the trail to Morris Ranch and La Posta Truck Trail; I recommend the opposite route for a better challenge. I drive a Stock JKU Sport and had no issues on this trail but there are some fun spots where you can test your 4x4. There are a couple tight switch backs and a few steep rocky hills but most of the drive is relatively smooth and scenic. Definitely a good “get out of San Diego for the day” adventure.

off road driving
7 months ago

Definitely enjoyed this truck trail loop from old hwy 80 to kitchen creek rd. Back roads like this in SD are a treat. A decent challenge for my near stock Frontier 4x4.

off road driving
8 months ago

off road driving
9 months ago

driving it backwards is fun and doable in my Tacoma 2wd with proper clearance and tires.

off road driving
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Short trail, good for a quick trip out of San Diego. Fun vertical drive with nice views and good picnic areas.

off road driving
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Definitely not for any 2WD vehicle but any stock 4WD can handle it. A few steep, rocky sections will keep your attention on the trail, but it's entry level off-road driving. Don't let that discourage you if you haven't been on this trail before. It's a beautiful, fun drive and you only need a couple of hours start to finish.

I recommend starting at La Posta Truck Trail where it meets Old Hwy 80 and traveling north. You'll run into a gate on the trail which then diverts you northwest up Thing Valley Road for a short but fun section and finally it connects to Fred Canyon Trail, which you again cannot miss because a gate prevents you going further on Thing Valley Rd. When you drive the route this way, you end your drive at Cibbets Flat Campground, which is a nice place to stop for a break, have something to eat, etc.

In the spring, this drive will really be something special, with the wildflowers blooming and Kitchen Creek will be flowing through Cibbets Flat campground, which by the way has lots of day-use picnic tables, available water spigots and pit toilets.

Be sure to check trail conditions, as the forest service sometimes closes trails.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/cleveland/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5340229

off road driving
5 months ago

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hiking
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off road driving
11 months ago

off road driving
Saturday, April 15, 2017