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Old 06-26-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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Beginner Trails Anyone?

Hi. I Just got my Wrangler a few weeks ago and I'm itching to take it out of the city.

Nothing crazy because its my first time, and I'm a bit nervous/anxious/excited.
Does anyone have any easy trail recommendations ? I'm in Orange County, coastal area, and willing drive a bit.

The internet can be overwhelming. I Just wanna see some dirt, but I have no idea where to start. Thanks!

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Old 06-27-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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Come join us Thursday we meet and talk about where to go wheelin.

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Old 06-27-2013, 12:06 AM   #3
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We have been doing easy stuff we just bursted 3 cherries this past weekend.
Place we meet at is

Spring and bellflower
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Starbucks find us under long beach meet
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what Trailchaser562 said. I was one of em he mentioned lol. meet us up tomorrow at 7pm to talk about jeeps and plan for a run this weekend. You'd be surprised what your stock can do. I live in OC as well.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:14 AM   #5
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Dw did mad good, we thinking like Gorman. We can go over plans Thursday at the meeting. We are not a club we just a bunch of fun people to chill and hang with.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:22 AM   #6
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Hey thanks! that was quick. I'm off work at 6, and it's trek but I will head that direction.
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See u then!
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:39 AM   #8
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Hi. I Just got my Wrangler a few weeks ago and I'm itching to take it out of the city.

Nothing crazy because its my first time, and I'm a bit nervous/anxious/excited.
Does anyone have any easy trail recommendations ? I'm in Orange County, coastal area, and willing drive a bit.

The internet can be overwhelming. I Just wanna see some dirt, but I have no idea where to start. Thanks!


Oh nice and congrats on the new jeep! Down in the OC you have the Santa Ana mtns pretty easy trails that any vehicle with 4wd can do! As a matter of fact I used 4wd prob only once or twice the few times I been there
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:38 AM   #9
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Gorman is an awesome place for cherry poppin. Nice easy fire roads to to tour, then there is the Jeep obstacle park that has it all from mild to wild. Good place to test you and your jeep.
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There's some pretty neat easy trails in the San Bernardino Mtns. You could spend a whole day out there just goofin off. I usually start at Lytle Creek and somehow find my way over to Silverwood. I've found some cool stuff out there.
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Hi. I Just got my Wrangler a few weeks ago and I'm itching to take it out of the city.

Nothing crazy because its my first time, and I'm a bit nervous/anxious/excited.
Does anyone have any easy trail recommendations ? I'm in Orange County, coastal area, and willing drive a bit.

The internet can be overwhelming. I Just wanna see some dirt, but I have no idea where to start. Thanks!
If you want to run saddleback I'm up for that any time. OC side is great for a nice trial run with beautiful scenery. PM me if you want to tag along with us.
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Cleghorn is where i went my first time you can bypass pretty much anything you dont want to do.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:47 PM   #13
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There's some pretty neat easy trails in the San Bernardino Mtns. You could spend a whole day out there just goofin off. I usually start at Lytle Creek and somehow find my way over to Silverwood. I've found some cool stuff out there.
Hey that's great! Thanks.
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Cleghorn is where i went my first time you can bypass pretty much anything you dont want to do.
Thank you! There's so much more than I thought
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:50 PM   #15
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Gorman is an awesome place for cherry poppin. Nice easy fire roads to to tour, then there is the Jeep obstacle park that has it all from mild to wild. Good place to test you and your jeep.
Thank you. I think I'm going to e checking out Gorman next with some Jeepers from here. So excited! Where is that obstacle course?
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It's next to one of the last camp sites in Gorman ohv Tito knows where it's at. Wish I could go.
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Hi. I Just got my Wrangler a few weeks ago and I'm itching to take it out of the city.

Nothing crazy because its my first time, and I'm a bit nervous/anxious/excited.
Does anyone have any easy trail recommendations ? I'm in Orange County, coastal area, and willing drive a bit.

The internet can be overwhelming. I Just wanna see some dirt, but I have no idea where to start. Thanks!
There's a lot more open space in San Diego County than OC. You'll find most of the nearby roads in OC pass from west to east to I-15. Sat maps will provide you with directions if you can't find them in the forums. I hear a lot about Trabuco Canyon, Santiago Peak, and a ridge road in OC.

As you look a bit farther afield to find new trails, here are some easy ones in SD that will be loads of fun yet easy enough to not frighten away your wife or gf:

  • Nate Harrison Grade up to Palomar Mountain. Very nice trail, pretty easy, incredible views, and a nice way to beat the heat if you spend the day up there. It'll take you 90 minutes to drive there.
  • Pamo Valley, north of Ramona, especially the Santa Ysabel Truck Trail and Black Mountain Truck Trail. There's info and a nice map at this link. Newbies can easily do both but I'd advise you get your sea legs first, as while they're not technical they're rough and Black Mtn is steep with shelf roads. 90 minute drive from OC.
If you buy the wheeling books you find at the 4x4 stores, or put together some notes from forum posts, always use the sat maps (especially Google maps) to understand your route on your own. Bring printed copies of the maps along or copy them to your kindle or ipad. The books are notoriously incorrect, and the fellows that post on the forums are great but often imprecise.

Final notes:

  • Try to get out regularly with someone more experienced than yourself and learn from him for the first year or so. He'll teach you, tell you what minimum gear to buy, etc.
  • Try not to go out alone unless you are 100% guaranteed to be on a bunny run.
  • Even if it's a bunny run, let someone know where you're going and what time you'll check in. Because if you have a breakdown out of cellphone range you are up a creek, there might be no one passing by for 24 hours, and you're walking out.
  • Always bring along hiking shoes, water, snacks, hat, sunscreen and clothing ASSUMING you will break down, and have to walk out 5-10 miles to get cellphone coverage. Ditto for your passengers. It seems fun to just head out wearing flipflops but at least have the safety stuff in a standard emergency bag you throw in the back. There's a tragic story of a fellow who didn't prepare and they only found his body two weeks later. See this link that I posted elsewhere on this forum about keeping someone in the know.

Good luck and welcome to wheeling!
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:12 AM   #18
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^ all I can say is, wow. Thank you for taking the time to reply with all that info. Lots of great tips; I'm definitely taking notes of the places everyone has suggested. This forum has proven to be more helpful than I had imagined.

Thanks again. It's much appreciated.
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Hey Tom H, the blog you're linking says I need to be invited. Sounds like some good info there! What's a jeeper gotta do to get a peek?

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