I am a newb too and just posted a similar thread in the JK Forum. I plan to join a local club - I know there are lots of them here. I live in Arizona. Someone in my thread posted a nice YouTube of what looks to me like a nice fairly beginner trail. Good luck! Also I think what I will do is make sure I either have someone with me or someone knows where I am lol just in case - or pick a well populated trail at least to start.