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Old 05-01-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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New Jeep - Need to try a trail

Hey all, Just picked up a 09 unlimited 6pd. I'm in the SFV(Burbank). Is there any mild/beginner/noob trails I can warm up on?

In the process of deciding on what to do for tires/wheels/lift etc., but wanted to try it out of the box.

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:28 AM   #2
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First, welcome to the forum.

Second, great idea to go find out what it does stock. You can always decide how much of a build to do after taking it out first.

Third, not so sure about that far up north but there are some great trails that stock jeeps can handle down San Diego/Imperial county way. There are some folks on the forum from SB/Riverside county too and they may know more about the easier trails up there.

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Old 05-02-2009, 10:30 AM   #3
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Not sure how far you want to drive, but there are a few trails in Santa Barbara area. You can try Santa Ynez Peak (easy rating) or Caliente Springs (easy) and also Pronghorn Trail (moderate rating) I got these trail listings from a book called Guide to California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails. Recommended buy ( Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails: Charles A. Wells: Books) Good luck and let us know how the Jeep does.

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Old 05-02-2009, 12:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help. I'll check that book out and I am sure I can find an excuse to make it up to Santa Barbara =)

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Old 05-02-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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Take the 5 North to hwy 14. Exit Sand Canyon road - turn right. Drive down about six miles or so and you'll get to a dirt roadonthe left. The road is called Santa Clara Divide road. It's a 30 mile trail that will takeyou to HWY 2 Angeles Crest.

Also, you can goto Hungry Valley OHV area to try it out. They have a practice area there.

5 North about one hour from Burbank. Exit Gorman turn left. Then turn right and head over to Hungry Valley OHV Area.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:38 PM   #6
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Check out Sidekick off road. They make these cool $3 trail maps for dang near everywhere.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:31 AM   #7
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Santa Clara Divide Road

We tried out the Santa Clara Divide Road and had a great time- thanks!

Here are a couple photos - sorry for the poor quality(iphone)

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Old 05-12-2009, 01:36 AM   #8
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With the fact that we also have a new Wrangler, I just ordered a couple of books from Amazon.
Get some idea of where to try it out first.

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