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Old 03-13-2013, 10:50 PM   #1
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Palm Springs Area Trails/Rides/Clubs?

Hey All,

My wife and I are very seriously considering moving to Palm Springs. We have a house hunting trip scheduled two weeks from today. Before we head out that way I was hoping to get some info on the off-road scene in the Palm Springs area.

Are there any good trail systems near Palm Springs? Any good off-roading clubs? Any info about the off-road scene out there would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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Semper Fi and Officer on Deck. There are tons of trails and clubs all over the area. Your close to Anza Borrego and Glamis. You could spend years exploring Anza and Glamis has huge dunes.
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Less than 1 hr. down I-10 to 86-S is the good stuff!


Salton Sea (looks beautiful from a distance)


Loads of Jeepers at Truckhaven Hills (even on top of that mountain you see Jeeps)
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Semper Fi and Officer on Deck. There are tons of trails and clubs all over the area. Your close to Anza Borrego and Glamis. You could spend years exploring Anza and Glamis has huge dunes.
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Hey Bob, thanks for the info. Not really a big fan of "dunes" (although I may have no choice but to start liking them), are there any "trails" in the area, rather than one big open space with quads and dirt bikes flying at you from all directions?

Semper Fi to you as well and by the way, I'm a "Mustang" so hopefully you wont hold the officer stuff against me.
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Whaooooo, that's quite a crowd. Around here you don't usually see another vehicle on the trail (except the ones you went out with) all day long.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:08 AM   #6
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Yep there are trails you can go for days on and not see another soul.
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Oh ya. we got a lot of marines here but we all are one rank. Jeepers. I respect the fact that you worked your butt off to make rank but here your a friend first.
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Okay gents stand down, NAVY CHIEF checkin in!

Palm Springs isn't far from Big Bear, plenty of trails up there to run from mild to wild. You are also outside of the Mojave Preserve. You can spend days in that area. Just to north of that is Calico, Death Valley and then from there you can jump to the Mammoth trails. Just be ready to ride for a few hrs there and back. Now, ya also have Johnson Valley trails which again go from mild to wild. Then there is always Cleghorn for a day romp as well.

To the east there are trails over by Vegas to do, then on the other side of Vegas the Valley of Fire to cruise through and enjoy and lots of other trails.

We support all kinds of trips, from mild to wild. Few of us on here do some scenic trips that aren't hard on the people or the rigs. Just did 3 days in DV with a fellow board member doing 3 very epic and scenic trails with only one rock section that was about 100 yds long if it was that.

Lots to do and see out there. Bad thing about it is that most of the places you will be going are an hr or two away, one way.

So ya know, the Marines have an MWR facility in Big Bear which is up in the mountains. AD and retirees can rent cabins and RV sites up there at a very good rate.

Let us know what your preference is, mild to wild or scenic trails and we can better point you where you would want to wheel.
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Yep and lots of good people to wheel with. So have ya bought your house yet and are you ready to wheel Got the meet and greet next week and forest fest, and another calico trip. You hitting it at the perfect storm time. Nice weather and all the trails in the big bear area are opening up. Then you have the Rubicon and other big time trails. Hope you chose the area we can always use another Jar Head to wheel with. SIR
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Good luck with your move to Palm Springs. We got a good verity of trails within 2 hours drive from us. Here is a link to our local club, feel free to check it out and come and join us for a ride or a meeting and talk to us.
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Oh ya. we got a lot of marines here but we all are one rank. Jeepers. I respect the fact that you worked your butt off to make rank but here your a friend first.
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.....Let us know what your preference is, mild to wild or scenic trails and we can better point you where you would want to wheel.
Usually enjoy "intermediate" in terms of difficulty levels. Although I haven't updated my "garage" pics I'm pretty well-equiped at this point with a 3.5 inch lift, 35's with beadlocks, bumper mounted winch, etc.

As mentioned previously we like to hit "trails" rather than the big open free-for-all type of environment usually found at "dunes". Also, we prefer tree'd areas however based on some of the pictures I've seen it looks like those are far and few between.

From the limited amount of research I've done so far it looks like the Big Bear area has the type of off-roading we enjoy the most. Trails, trees, scenery, etc. Anything else like Big Bear within an hour or two of Palm Springs?
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Nope...

Lots of fire roads in the Angeles Forest but nothing like BB. Most of the wheeling that close to you will be in the desert.
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I'm thinkin that once a little of that "Denver" wears off of u u'll see the desert through a different set of eyes....
there is so much history in the California mountains & deserts....u'll find a side of u that u never knew u had ....that is if u like history & exploring ...

Welcome to California & to the forum ...
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Look up Dirtopia.com They have tons of local trails listed with info on difficulty and scenery..
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Your closest trails to Palm Springs - Berdoo Canyon Road (just off Dillon Rd., Indio, CA)








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I'm thinkin that once a little of that "Denver" wears off of u u'll see the desert through a different set of eyes....
there is so much history in the California mountains & deserts....u'll find a side of u that u never knew u had ....that is if u like history & exploring ...

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Yeah I hope so, the lack of anything green seems very foreign. Guess we'll just need to get accustomed to the new environment. Looking forward to exploring all the trails in the area and meeting some people from the board.

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