There is Rowher... not all that scenic IMO until you get to the fire look out then you get to stand on natures divide,to the South coastal green, do a 180 and the Mojave Desert begins. Can normally see to the Tehachapi mountains if the Bakersfield smog and wind are down. Wide open trail, has some difficult stuff but all with bypasses. Trail is wide so no real problem scratching up the rig. Only real gnarly part is coming down the hill to Bouquet canyon but, there is a fire road for those not inclined, or in this case declined, to take the straight down path.
This is a good trail to cut your buddies teeth on. Just don't let him follow a jeep, that is of course you want him to run out and trade in his truck for one.