Explore the most popular off road driving trails in California 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
6 hours ago

Ok

off road driving
8 hours ago

Very easy drive to great hiking. There were also several little Jeep trails off of the main trail to add a little off road excitement. We had a great time.

off road driving
2 days ago

Good off road Trail. The view from the peak is good on a clear day. Some hikers every now and then but mostly desolate. Needed 4wheel drive on the steep uphills because of traction but that was the only places.

The road is open to bicycles and hikers per Andrew molera state beach ranger January 2018.

This is the old coast road and it is open to bicycles and hikers . There are locked gates-you can go around them. The road itself is not private property, but the surrounding land is-so stay on the road. Information given to me by molera state beach ranger January 2018.

Awesome trail!!

good hike, great views, ruined with a giant satellite at the top.

on Fred Canyon Road

off road driving
5 days 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
5 days ago

First time taking my suv off the road! Great trail that was well maintained with a variety of views. Just getting to the trail itself was beautiful. Vast rocky hills at jawbone canyon with plenty of dirt bike and atv trails. The climb isn’t too steep in any areas. Plenty of places to stop along the way. The views are spectacular. Early January was perfect. Brisk air with a few piles of snow at the very top but no icy patches. Takes a while to complete this drive and the end point is a dead zone, so be sure to get directions home ahead of time!

went here in the snow and it was fantastic!

You can’t go all the way from S2 near Butterfield (at box canyon) to S1 (sunrise highway) with a vehicle, but you can cut across at Chariot Canyon to Banner Grade (Hwy 78). Its a tough trek unless you have the right equipment. I’ve reviewed this already as Oriflamme Canyon trail. Check it out for recommendations. Also passable via Rodriguez Canyon if you want to rock crawl (for you Jeeper creepers). Again, go prepared. Awesome adventure. Oriflamme Canyon and the Mason Valley Truck Trail are worth exploring. The entire trek is hike-ready. It is not truly closed altogether if you are on foot. The PCT crosses this trail too.

walking
6 days ago

Pretty but really freaking crowded with people who know zilch about trail etiquette.

Easy trail out and back via a 4WD in the loop portion. 2WD would be ok if higher clearance vehicle. Family sedan would be too low for some rocky portions. Nice to get away from the crowds!

This is a great trail. There is parking for about 4-6 cars at the trail head right off the main road. My family and I hiked this trail in January (no snow this year) so we felt comfortable taking it on. The trail was a paved road, even terrain and clear of trees. The waterfall is early on in the trail making it perfect for younger children that start to bore with just looking at trees. This trail
Offers a few beautiful views and a very gentle if any grade. It’s a perfect day trip for a family with younger children.

This is not a trail but a county road that passes through an area that is all private property. It makes for a nice drive, but any hiking off the road is trespassing.

This trail was a nice drive and was fairly easy. There are some side trails where you definitely need 4WD, but fit the most part you don’t need it. Ran into a couple border patrol agents and they were cool and differ have any problems. Took about 90 minutes with couple stops along the way. The trail was dry, but once it rains it will be a good time and you probably will need the 4x4. Can’t wait!

off road driving
6 days ago

We decided to check out this trail late in the day on our way home from Stonyford. I’m sure it’s beautiful during the day and the stars were amazing at night but I’d suggest a morning start instead of evening so you can take in the views. The road though was just that, a road. It had a bit of washboard and potholes but I definitely wouldn’t classify it as a “hard” off-road trail for a 4WD. With the elevation changes and length is sure would classify for a hike.

off road driving
6 days ago

cool trail. No need for a 4x4

These are some great trails for off-roading and hiking. They are challenging and beautiful. However, this place is a haven for ATVs, dirt bikes and especially guns. Like basically a giant free-for-all shooting range. The gunfire and whining motorcycle noise echo throughout the canyons. Not a peaceful place at all. I have no problem with guns, just not when I’m enjoying nature. I grew up visiting painted gorge with my dad. He camped there as a kid. Riding tote goats and admiring what was a jewel of nature. It’s fully “broken-in” now. If you want a quiet hike or to tent camp, head west a few miles to Anza Borrego.

off road driving
7 days ago

Such a fun, easy trail. It’s so pretty and there weren’t a lot of bugs this time of year like others were talking about. Most of the trail you don’t really even need 4wd. I left it on to be safe but honestly didn’t really need it except for one section with some deep ruts.

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