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Old 07-18-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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scenic and fun but easy trail?

I was hoping to take a day trip up miller trail on friday with a friend. But we happened to be in the area today with his stock nissan frontier and we took a look at the trail. Hes not sure he could make it up the whole thing and isn't really interested in putting the stress on his truck. Can anyone recommend a fun and scenic trail thats a bit easier than miller for us?

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Old 07-18-2012, 10:13 PM   #2
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there's lots of easy stuff in big bear.

grapevine canyon (intermediate)
willow creek (easy)
butler peak (easy)
jacoby canyon (intermediate)
clarks summit (intermediate)
skyline drive (easy)
rattlesnake canyon (intermediate)

all these listed in the charles wells book

Amazon.com: Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (9780966497649): Charles A. Wells: Books

white mountain - not listed but you can get a map at the discovery center and go explore

you can also go to cleghorn, a fire road all the way which is easy and you can choose offshoots to more difficult ways that end up back on the easy fire road.

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Old 07-18-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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Thanks Bean, I actually ordered that book awhile back but made the mistake of ordering the northern cali version... Just ordered the socal one last night. I'll search some of those routes you named. Miller looked like a blast to me but I understand my buddies worry. Anything closer than big bear? Stuff in los padres asides miller maybe?
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:36 AM   #4
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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.
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