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Old 03-05-2013, 10:44 AM   #1
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Truck trail? Jeep trail?

Has anyone heard of an Indian truck trail? Or maybe it's jeep trail? I'm near LA and a friend of mine told me about it but I can't exactly remember the details

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Has anyone heard of an Indian truck trail? Or maybe it's jeep trail? I'm near LA and a friend of mine told me about it but I can't exactly remember the details
Ive heard of it but never been to it , I know the road Indian truck trail is an exit off the 15 freeway between corona and lake Elsinore .

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I believe it is a part of the North Main Divide trail that starts on Hwy 74. I seem to remember seeing it on that piece of map. Trail head is up by Hells Kitchen if I remember right.
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Is it worth doing in jeeps? Anyone know? Are there even any obstacles?
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It's suppose to just be a fire road. Scenic is all.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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Definitely scenic fire road. Any attempt at going off on other than fire road and the rangers are there to either warn you or ticket you for straying off designated road. Areas in Cleveland National are under scrutiny at the moment, including Skyline.
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It is a tread VERY lightly area is what your saying.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:50 PM   #8
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Yes gunner, almost tiptoe at this point.
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I have been reprimanded twice for straying off designated road. Must be a steering problem, not my fault. Next time will be a ticket.
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Darn sounds like you need the PSC Hydraulic Steering Mod. Guaranteed to keep you on the trail.
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Gears and disconnects first.
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Sounds like just an after school half day adventure. Ill save it for another day.
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02Sporttj..Do you know if it is open at Indian Truck trail or Skyline? Maybe off Ortega?
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02Sporttj..Do you know if it is open at Indian Truck trail or Skyline? Maybe off Ortega?
Usually if it has rained, USFS locks Indian Truck Trails. They reopen after it has had some time to dry. Skyline is hit or miss. Sometimes the gate is open, but there is a big push to keep the gate locked. If you have a key it may still work. USFS is getting complaints from the residence (new houses) about the gate, dust, noise wah wah. They are now talking about putting a new lock on and making it harder to get a key, as they don't know how many keys are out here. I don't know about Ortega.
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Usually if it has rained, USFS locks Indian Truck Trails. They reopen after it has had some time to dry. Skyline is hit or miss. Sometimes the gate is open, but there is a big push to keep the gate locked. If you have a key it may still work. USFS is getting complaints from the residence (new houses) about the gate, dust, noise wah wah. They are now talking about putting a new lock on and making it harder to get a key, as they don't know how many keys are out here. I don't know about Ortega.
Well...I had the itch and took my Jeep out for the first time. Went up Holy Jim Canyon. On the way up I noticed the gate open half way up the canyon on the left. It was raining pretty good and mud was present. It turn out to be Trabuco Creek Rd. Nice big ruts to pass but made it. I followed it up to Santiago Truck Trail. Started raining real hard and snow. Ran out of time and had to turn back.

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Some pictures of the journey
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Well...I had the itch and took my Jeep out for the first time. Went up Holy Jim Canyon. On the way up I noticed the gate open half way up the canyon on the left. It was raining pretty good and mud was present. It turn out to be Trabuco Creek Rd. Nice big ruts to pass but made it. I followed it up to Santiago Truck Trail. Started raining real hard and snow. Ran out of time and had to turn back.

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Where's the entrance to holy Jim? This looks like a fun day trip.
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Where's the entrance to holy Jim? This looks like a fun day trip.

Take Trabuco canyon passed O'Neil Park...Holy Jim Canyon is on the left before you head up the curved hill.
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Thanks for posting. Was planning on trying this weekend or next but wasn't sure it was open. Dumb question: did you NEED 4wd? I am breaking in my new gears; can't use 4wd yet. My niece is visiting and I'd like to take her on a trail. Done Main Divide - would normally think 2wd is fine. But from your pics it looks a little mangled from the rain.
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It is rutted and steep in places. You just might need it especially since it might still be wet.
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It is rutted and steep in places. You just might need it especially since it might still be wet.

Your correct Gunner... The gate up to Santiago Creek Rd is steep and wet. Even with mud you would need 4 wheel drive.

You can however go up holy Jim Canyon.. It a nice drive to the end of the trail. Creek crossings, trees.. a nice drive.
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Thanks. Going to have to wait I guess. Is there an impatient foot stomping emoticon?
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:31 PM   #23
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Thanks. Going to have to wait I guess. Is there an impatient foot stomping emoticon?

No but the head baning on a brick wall should work.


Let me know.. I'm game for that trail any time.

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