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Old 01-10-2011, 12:45 AM   #1
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Beginner trails in SoCal?

Anyone have some great trail suggestions for beginners in and around orange county? Anyone up for a meet some time in the near future?

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Old 01-10-2011, 10:31 AM   #2
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Welcome!

hey what type of jeep do you have? i bought my jeep (07 rubi) in august and ive been out 4 times now on the trails. the people on here are great for learning. my first time out was at last chance canyon, its up the 14 in mojave. a great first trail when going with experienced jeepers and a good spoter. the trail is a wash in a canyon, full of rocks and the only steep obstacle is at the end with an easy bypass uphill if you don't want to do it. its alot of fun if you don't mind using your skid plates, I used them my first time out, no big deal.

ive been wanting to go back there, maybee we can get a run orgainzed soon?

i don't know of any trails close by in LA, ususally trails are 1-1/2 hour outside of LA at a minimum.

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Cleghorn off the 15 freeway on the way to Victorville is a great beginner trail.
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Cleghorn off the 15 freeway on the way to Victorville is a great beginner trail.
This is a good one. Go north on the 15 to the first offramp just south of the 138 and it is called Cleghorn Road. You can take the dirt road all the way along the ridge and over to Lake Silverwood. Along the way there are all types of bypasses that you can play on, ranging easy to difficult. Nice scenery too.
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+2 on Cleghorn. Although we were just up there at silverwood over the weekend, and it was still covered in snow. Cleghorn might be too, which can change everything and make it very interesting.

Cleghorn was my 2nd offroad trip, it was great!
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hey what type of jeep do you have?.
i have an 02 sport. Its mostly stock right now since i just got it but it does have good trail tires.

I would love to plan a trip soon. Im in Aliso Viejo.
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This is a good one. Go north on the 15 to the first offramp just south of the 138 and it is called Cleghorn Road. You can take the dirt road all the way along the ridge and over to Lake Silverwood. Along the way there are all types of bypasses that you can play on, ranging easy to difficult. Nice scenery too.
Awesome. *checks off location on map* i will definitely check that out.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:48 PM   #8
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Anza Borrego & Ocotillo Wells are great beginner and experienced places to go to. Fish Creek is a great beginner trail with some washes that branch off of Fish Creek that have a little more experienced trails. Ocotillo Wells is a OHV park and you can drive around and pick your own lines. There is something out there for everyone!

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What do you consider local? Lockwood/Miller are good trials. Hungry Valley OHV are has some nice runs as well as Rohwer Flats.
If I was in Orange I would be using the desert right now, Anza, Ocotillo, Glamis, etc.
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We are planning a run to Anza Borrego at the end of March as a Meet and Greet. My first time really offroading (not just fire roads) was there and I had a blast. If you are interested post up in the thread. Like others have mentioned, it makes it easier with a good spotter and a couple of other rigs out there to help if you do get stuck.

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Come do the Superstition Mountain run this coming weekend. There are plenty of trails that are well suited for beginners whether they do or don't want any challenges. It's a fun run. 13th Annual Superstition Mountain Run | San Diego 4 Wheelers

That website describes all the various trails you can pick from and the safety inspection requirements for your Jeep.

There will be food, games, lots of runs, and a huge MEGA raffle Saturday night where you can win anything from a locker, winch, and tires on down to various cool offroad stuff. Free camping and room for RVs.

It does get cold overnight though so bring warm clothes. This is a pic of me from a previous Superstition Mountain event where the water in a dog's water dish froze solid overnight.
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We are planning a run to Anza Borrego at the end of March as a Meet and Greet. My first time really offroading (not just fire roads) was there and I had a blast. If you are interested post up in the thread. Like others have mentioned, it makes it easier with a good spotter and a couple of other rigs out there to help if you do get stuck.

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Old 01-12-2011, 11:32 PM   #13
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Come do the Superstition Mountain run this coming weekend. There are plenty of trails that are well suited for beginners whether they do or don't want any challenges. It's a fun run. 13th Annual Superstition Mountain Run | San Diego 4 Wheelers

That website describes all the various trails you can pick from and the safety inspection requirements for your Jeep.

There will be food, games, lots of runs, and a huge MEGA raffle Saturday night where you can win anything from a locker, winch, and tires on down to various cool offroad stuff. Free camping and room for RVs.

It does get cold overnight though so bring warm clothes. This is a pic of me from a previous Superstition Mountain event where the water in a dog's water dish froze solid overnight.
Dude. I am flying back from chicago on sat. Bummer.
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We are planning a run to Anza Borrego at the end of March as a Meet and Greet. My first time really offroading (not just fire roads) was there and I had a blast. If you are interested post up in the thread. Like others have mentioned, it makes it easier with a good spotter and a couple of other rigs out there to help if you do get stuck.

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Thanks. I will definitely try and work it in, feb and march i travel a lot for work but if i can get in i will!
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What do you consider local? Lockwood/Miller are good trials. Hungry Valley OHV are has some nice runs as well as Rohwer Flats.
If I was in Orange I would be using the desert right now, Anza, Ocotillo, Glamis, etc.
Id be willing to drive 3 hrs and call that local
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Anyone up for a late evening drive at cleghorn sometime? we can play with our auxiliary lights and enjoy the night sky once its dark
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What's happening Alison Viejo.....Jeeper. I am in Mission Viejo. When I need a quick fix I hit holy Jim canyon. It's a bit rocky but enough to blow the stink off. Otherwise.....next local to the OC would be Big Bear or Cleghorn or Blue Jay.... If you want something very basic you can always make the climb up Saddleback Mtn. That is if the gate is open....after these rains. But you can check the sign at the fire station as you make your way back off Santiago Road. Hope this helps.

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Anyone have some great trail suggestions for beginners in and around orange county? Anyone up for a meet some time in the near future?
Yeah, just ran up the Long Valley trail. Or Santiago Peaks. Need to check to see if they open the gates, but its a great beginner run with Fabulous views. There is also a OHV area to the south of the 74 along the same mountains that make a fun play area. Indian Truck Trail also goes up to Santiago Peaks again when they open the gates.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:45 AM   #19
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Yeah, just ran up the Long Valley trail. Or Santiago Peaks. Need to check to see if they open the gates, but its a great beginner run with Fabulous views. There is also a OHV area to the south of the 74 along the same mountains that make a fun play area. Indian Truck Trail also goes up to Santiago Peaks again when they open the gates.
I went over that way on sunday and i think most of those gates are still closed. I was going to do trabucco peak and that one was closed qbout halfway up.

I'll keep trying, i'm getting my hi lift jack and a tow/snatch strap this week so i'll probably go back out that way on Sat if anything is open.
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Yeah, we need to call ahead. I believe its the Cleveland National Forest? They probably close the gates for winter, then in the Summer they close them when the winds are blowing and when the sun shines too much, or there is a santa ana condition...... ok, bad attitude here. I am sure there are good reasons.
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Cleveland National Forest - Current Conditions

There it is... and there you have it.
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New Jeeper in Irvine, I'm open to any of the trails suggested above for a day trip this weekend 1/22.
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There it is... and there you have it.
I had checked that and coming from ortega it said that the trail was open but when i got up there the actual trail to the peak was still closed
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What's happening Alison Viejo.....Jeeper. I am in Mission Viejo. When I need a quick fix I hit holy Jim canyon. It's a bit rocky but enough to blow the stink off. Otherwise.....next local to the OC would be Big Bear or Cleghorn or Blue Jay.... If you want something very basic you can always make the climb up Saddleback Mtn. That is if the gate is open....after these rains. But you can check the sign at the fire station as you make your way back off Santiago Road. Hope this helps.

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Went down trabucco creeck trail today to and the usfs had the trail closed down. Couldnt get to holy jim. Is there another way?
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Went through Silverwood trails yesterday. Great beginner trail from the Prison all the way up to Crestline. Had a blast and can't wait to go back. Looked like most trails are open up there and they can range from light and easy to big and technical.
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Anyone have some great trail suggestions for beginners in and around orange county? Anyone up for a meet some time in the near future?
yo go on the jk forum in socal and look for shamrocked. its march 19th at last chance canyon. its a noob run, wheeling, camping and partying!!!!!!
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Anyone have some great trail suggestions for beginners in and around orange county? Anyone up for a meet some time in the near future?

If you're planning a trip i'm up for it. All the trails mentioned above sound good. Also Hungry Valley which is a bit further up north has some good trails. And its awesome if you have a dirt bike
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I would like to make that Cleghorn run sometime. Hit me up. I should be gettin my winch soon too.

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