First off, kudos to you for taking your TJ cross-country to Cali. thats badass dude! Secondly, there should be lots of trails you could explore on your way up the hills(Tahoe,rubicon area). I'm north of Sac, so I'm not a whole lot of help unless your up to going up I5 bout an hour where there is lots of easy, intermediate trails in the Mendocino National forest area. A friend of mine will be getting his new JKU sometime in January. He's in the Sac area and will hopefully break in his new rig by heading up north with me and a buddy or two for some easy offroading. This is what happens when you think your going on an easy trail.....My advise...go with friends!