Main Divide Road

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Main Divide Road is a 20.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
20.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4891 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

off road driving

views

off road driving
8 days ago

we took this Trail last Sunday and had a good time running it. Most of it is easy, though there are some severe short where people have tried to pass it with two wheel drive vehicles and dugout deep holes. those areas I would consider moderate. We were in a Jeep JK and have it in 4-wheel drive high and never even slipped a tire. it has great views both East and West at various times. A fun couple of hours for a Sunday afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

off road driving
2 months ago

I have a C1500 and a K2500. I've done the drive a couple of times. I think I'm done taking the 4x4 due to the weight. My 1500 has a locking rear diff and as long as I pick good lines through rough spots, it does just fine with less jarring. The views are as good as anywhere in OC.
BTW, the last two hundred feet (past the towers out to the main vista point) is very rocky and worth a word of caution.

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

This is a fun drive not far from lake Elsinore. The views of Lake Elsinore and the surrounding Mountains are amazing. I'd say 4WD required in some spots, and be mindful of the narrow climb areas, there's not many places to let someone by if you come nose to nose with another vehicle while going up.

4 months ago

fun travel

5 months ago

5 months ago

Good ride rather more open road!

off road driving
6 months ago

Did this trail Memorial Day Weekend 2017. This was a really fun Trail easily accessible to anybody in LA/OC. Check online to ensure the gates are open with the Cleveland National Forest Website. The start of the trail from the Ortega Highway route was pretty rutted at first but smooths out after a couple miles. Definitely has its challenges, but shouldn't have any issues with 2WD and decent clearance. Did it with ease in my basically stock 4Runner, used 4WD because I wanted to not because I had to. Santiago Peak is a nice stopping point to stop and grill out with a nice view. Went down the Maple Springs route which totaled out to a roughly 30 miles trail (20 on Main Divide and 10 on Maple Springs). There's a couple different combinations to get up and down including Maple Springs, Indian Truck Trail, or taking Main Divide Road the whole way. Will run this trail again.

off road driving
7 months ago

off road driving
7 months ago

11 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

Did this trail in a Subaru Crosstrek (thank you Subaru for making rugged little cars capable of taking a beating) anyway, 91/2 inches of clearance and skid plates did help, wouldn't recommend any clearance below that. We went both from Ortega to just below Santiago Peak and from Maple Springs to Modjeska peak on different days,be warned, there is a NASTY NASTY rut about 400yds below the summit of Santiago Peak, it's all the way across the road and is very deep (probably a foot or deeper), we almost ripped the front bumper off trying to get through it and never did. There are some very tough spots that have had several rock slides and are only loose shale, parts of the trail are severely washed out, and there are some spots where you don't want to look down if you're afraid of heights (on the Ortega side, Maple Springs isn't as bad) the forest service does close this trail during the winter (Novemberish-Marchish depending on weather and trail damage from rains) and there is no OHV access during that time from Indian,Harding,Bedford or Maple Springs,(truck trails) or from off Ortega hwy. It's a fun trail, but it is trying at times and we took a couple pretty gnarly hits on the skid plates so be wary of loose rock, washes, and some nasty terrain. Beautiful view once you hit the peaks though that made it worth the beating.

off road driving
11 months ago

Very scenic but all of the dirt roads have been closed off to off-road vehicles only bikes and hikers were allowed

off road driving
Monday, November 21, 2016

Can't take Razors or Mavericks on the trail. Was told by forest service today. Couldn't rate the rest of the trail because I never got to do it. But getting there was easy.

off road driving
Sunday, October 09, 2016

great trail glad to see it so active but lots of speeding drivers be safe yall

off road driving
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Great trail for 4x4. If you don't have high clearance or a 4x4 you will struggle with the trail. Did it in a Ram Powerwagon, it was tight in some bits but made it with zero issues. You take the directions off the Ortega Highway for Bluejay campground, continue straight and once you hit a gravel road, there's a white gate on the left. Drive through and enjoy. Did there and back in about three hours. Lot's of scenic views and a good way to test different aspects of your 4x4.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This trail was so much fun! Tacoma double cab sport took it on. Some deep crevices but stock could prob make it. A little bit of everything on this one. Flat trail, rocky trail, scenic all rolled into one. Hard to find. Make a right at North main divide, it's a paved road, go up about three miles and it'll be on your left. Alot of fun!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The directions on this app are wrong. This trail is a bit hard to get to but once you do there are great views! Trail traffic is almost non-existent. There are a few large ruts in the road, but my king quad had to problem going over it. I would suggest a 4x4.