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.

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off road driving
17 hours ago

Did this trail yesterday in my stock 4runner trd off road. Definitely download the map if your not familiar with the area, i took an off shoot of the trail and ended up on on of the more difficult trail sections with huge rocks to climb over needed up having to turn around and go the right way so be careful! Only saw 2 other people on the trail. Started in pioneer town then went to big bear.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice and simple trail, crater was a cool lime green color surrounded by some trees.

Great trail. I'm in a crosstrek, no lift, grabbers and had no issues. plenty of places to stop to recharge and take in the view. not just a flat grade, plenty of bumps and rocks

Dogs and I loved it. I'm on a 3wheeler handicap scooter and could navigate with ease.

great Trail

Its a beautiful trail but not easy to follow the signs for the peak are missing so we took a 3 mile detour and ended up taking the fire road up to the summit all in all 21 some odd miles. Ouch. Lots of vehicles on the fire roads and they will drive around you rather than giving you right away so be aware.

off road driving
1 day ago

Did this trail in a stock JL Sahara no issues, definitely don’t suggest doing in anything bigger then a wrangler as there was a few spots where it was a squeeze.

This trail was great to do during May when it was still relatively cool and the clouds provided coverage from the sun. The effort is worth the view at the end (if not totally surrounded by clouds as it was for all but a few minutes when I was there). It’s very easy to lose the trail and I did so multiple times, but being able to reference this app helped. But beware, it drains your battery. Early in the trail, ribbons mark the route relatively well, but once the terrain opens up you have to rely on the rock piles which are obvious in some places and almost impossible to rely on in others.

Great road, good starter trail for those looking to try out offroad driving. We camped as well, which was very windy but a great time. Fantastic view of the night sky. Also, the wind caves are a short hike off of the main wash. Overall, highly recommend taking a trip out this way.

Had a great time here. Fun offroad driving, difficult at times, but beautiful scenery. We camped off of the trail, which was very nice. We will absolutely be back again once the weather gets cooler.

Gorgeous trail with a very scenic overlook. Not hard at all. Warning: the park doesn't open until 7 AM and the rangers are strict about it.

off road driving
5 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.

off road driving
5 days ago

first time I did this trail I had a blast. second time I did this was a 10pm night run. it's long, it will take you a solid 2-3 hours depending how your rig is and how confident you are. 95% of it is easy, but the 5% will put any Toyota to its test if you choose the hard lines. I took it all with ease in my jeep wrangler. any stock jeep can do this trail easily, no lockers needed. towards the end of trail into camp ground, it looks intimidating for a first time experience, but all the rocks are solid in place and make for easy crawling through. none lifted Toyotas will have a bit of challenge but hey, get out and lay down a rock to make some stepping stones.. but try to kick them out after so the jeep guys can still enjoy the technical fun stuff :)

off road driving
5 days ago

this trail is best when you do every single off shoot you see instead of the boring fire road. jeeps are able to take all the offshoot lines, which isn't hard if you already have off road experience. however, in a Toyota truck, or 4 runner, the hardest lines will definitely 3 wheel due to lack of articulation with IFS... unless you disconnect front sway bar. the only challenging portions are towards the end, which is also the best part to finish the trail. lockers are not needed here. I've been here twice and towards the end Toyota guys crowd up to watch the jeeps do the steep rutted off shoots. gotta love having a jeep!

Nice little trail to get away from it all for a few hours.. I plan on going back at night my next time around

off road driving
6 days ago

Great trail. Some minor challenges without lockers in a lifted 17’ JKU with 35” tires. Really only would have engaged them once but a little bump and we were up and over.

off road driving
7 days ago

Great trail into Joshua Tree! We took Berdoo Canyon to Geology Tour Trail. Great scenic drive with lots of boulders and later on, lots of Joshua Tree’s. Canyon trail can get technical in parts and one has to maneuver around boulders. The wrangler sport did just fine. Stock everything. High clearance needed.

off road driving
7 days ago

Great trail completed in a stock JK Rubicon. Added difficulty is you take loop 2N70Y as this section has 7 - 10 steep rocky obstacles. The main road 2N02 was easily navigated. Beautiful Joshua trees transitioning into pines. Would highly recommend this trail.

A good day hike with great views. Very crowed for a Monday.

off road driving
8 days ago

Took the FJ Cruiser with the family. Easy and lots of fun. Very tranquil sites to see. Can be done with 2wd but don’t stop in the sand.

hiking
8 days ago

If your in the area you must stop and see the slot. It’s so amazing. Easy to get to from the 78. No 4wd needed.

off road driving
8 days ago

Took the family in the FJ Cruiser and had no problem taking this trail on. Would recommend if you do decide to cross the rock slide area then have at least 4wd and a lift. Very spiritual and very tranquil.

hiking
8 days ago

The road into Dog Valley really doesn't have the breath taking views. It does have a sign at the begging that tells of the costs associated with one of the forest fires. It is somewhat interesting. I chose to make a loop out of this trail that did end up with a bunch of great views of Truckee and Reno. Had a great time until my GPS locked up. Even then really enjoyed the flowers. The trail at the bottom of the loop disappeared and I ended up heading off cross country for about 200 yards. Had a great time, despite the weather!

off road driving
8 days ago

Amazing views once you’re at the top. Easy trail for even 2wd and even saw a Prius C drive up at some point. Only had to engage 4Hi to back into a soft sand spot to set up our tent along the drive up. Overall great experience but make sure you’re prepped with shade, water and a portable restroom of sorts if you plan on spending the night along the trail somewhere.

off road driving
9 days ago

Indian truck trail is one of our favorite close to home trails. Nice, easy trail for beginners. Connects with the main divide, and once you get to the top you can go left to Santiago peak and follow it down into Orange County or go right and head into Silverado Canyon. The view from the top is amazing!

Late post, hiked Otay Truck from Pio Pico campground to the antenna towers on Saturday, 04/28/2018.. Disappointed there was no Peak Log or Geological Benchmarks, but overall good steady uphill trek to the peak! Accumulated 13.05 RT mileage and a whopping 3,135 ft. elevation gains!

Pretty much what everyone else said, need a high clearance vehicle. I went from North to South in a 4WD Tahoe with street tires and running boards (rental) and had to stack up rocks in several areas to avoid bottoming out. Wife wasn’t stoked, it got a little intense in a few areas. Go slow and use a spotter. Amazing views of the park!!

A great hike overall. Hiked it in mid-May while it was still fairly brisk and chilly, which was nice. I do t think it’d be a good hike at all during hot weather since there’s little shade for most of it. Trail starts towards the right side of the parking area. Approx. first 1/3 to the peak is very steep. Make sure you’re in decent shape.. I wasn’t but still made it though. Cairns can be tricky to follow on the way down.

hiking
9 days ago

I was able to hike 8.2 miles up and down all of the trails. This will ALWAYS be my favorite place to hike in Southern California!

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