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Old 11-19-2013, 09:13 AM   #121
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I didn't see Ballinger Canyon‏ on the list. Does anyone know much about the trails there?

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Old 03-05-2014, 06:23 AM   #122
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Dirt roads; and a lot of them. My XO rides his dirt bike there.

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Old 05-15-2014, 08:44 AM   #123
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Hey all, my wife and I just picked up a '14 JKU sport three weeks ago. We're in Winchester, near Murrieta border and are itching to break 'er in!!

Anyone know if gates are open from Main Divide to Santiago Peak? Would like to go up and over and down into O.C. dumps out on Holy Jim on the OC side, right?
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:34 AM   #124
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Hey all, my wife and I just picked up a '14 JKU sport three weeks ago. We're in Winchester, near Murrieta border and are itching to break 'er in!!

Anyone know if gates are open from Main Divide to Santiago Peak? Would like to go up and over and down into O.C. dumps out on Holy Jim on the OC side, right?
Congrats on the JK!

Here's a link to the Forest Service's site so you can see which roads are open.

Cleveland National Forest - Alerts & Notices
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:24 PM   #125
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Just got a '14 JKUR and am looking for a good trail to ease into off roading. Im not an experienced 4WD driver so Im looking for something more than a non paved road but not ready for Broncos peak! Im in Carlsbad CA in San Diego any trail suggestions around San diego would be appreciated.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:49 PM   #126
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Just got a '14 JKUR and am looking for a good trail to ease into off roading. Im not an experienced 4WD driver so Im looking for something more than a non paved road but not ready for Broncos peak! Im in Carlsbad CA in San Diego any trail suggestions around San diego would be appreciated.
There is a thread called "new Jeeper off road event" in the California section. You should join us.
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:33 PM   #127
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Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area -- Trail Report

Took my 2011 JK Sport for its first shakedown trail run this past Saturday. Only took the Green Circle and Blue Square trails. No Black Diamond with my bone stock setup! The jeep was much more capable than I thought. Never bottomed out or had any problems at all. The trails had good traction from the recent rain but not too wet or muddy.

I met a couple of City Slickers Jeep Club members. They were going up and down the Stair Steps 4WD Practice Area. Real friendly guys. They recommended I get rock rails as my first upgrade. Ordered Smittybuilt Side Armor / Rock Rails today and will get it installed on Wednesday! hehe
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Thats a fun place to play. I like the practice area.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:41 AM   #129
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Update for Maple Spring Trail from Silverado to Santiago Peak: Closed till September 2015 due to the fire.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:19 AM   #130
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Grass Mountain Trail Mini-Loop

New to the forum - decided my first post with my new Anvil JKUR would be a trail report. Looking forward to joining you all on the trail soon.

Name: Grass Mountain Trail Mini-Loop
Distance: ~5 mi
Difficulty: Easy
Trailhead:
42020 San Francisquito Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91390
34.639596, -118.380717


This Saturday took the Jeep out to Angeles National Forest to explore some of the fire roads and found that my first choice, the Tule Ridge Trail was closed at the 6N24 entrance from San Francisquito Canyon Road due to fire damage. I continued down San Francisquito Canyon Road and found the entrance at the opposite end of the trail was also closed at 7N02. Determined to hit a trail, I pressed on and 6N04.2, part of the Grass Mountain Trail, and found it was open!

I turned on to 6N04.2 and headed up the mountain. The road has a few pull-outs, although I basically had the road to myself and never had to use them. There were a few small unmarked side trails on the way towards 6N05 which heads up to Grass Mountain. I kept right on 6N04 and continued on - I'll come back and do Grass Mountain itself another day. Continuing on the road got a bit more rutted with a few good dips. The road is pretty twisty and popular with dirt bikes (passed 3 of them) so if you go definitely be cautious for traffic around the corners.

6N04 meets 7N01 at a nice large clearing where you can stop and hike further up the mountain on foot (also, next time). You can head left on 7N01 and continue along the Grass Mountain Trail or head right on 7N01 to loop back San Francisquito Canyon Road. I took the right and headed back. It was fairly twisty with at least one short sandy climb. Hope to go back soon with more time in the day to explore the rest of the area.

Trail is located between Santa Clarita & Lancaster/Palmdale. Highlighted portion is the mini-loop.
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:47 PM   #131
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Very cool! Would like to get something going soon before it gets HOT!!
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Great report! We'll have to get a Rowher/Drinkwater run going in April!

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