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Old 02-02-2014, 12:29 AM   #1
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Where to go in San Diego County?

I've only got a few more months in San Diego, and I just got my first jeep. So where would you guys recommend I go while I have the opportunity? My experience in driving off road is non existent so some less technical trails would be best to start with.

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Old 02-02-2014, 01:26 AM   #2
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Ocotillo Wells and Truckhaven are great places to start gaining experience. You can pick your own trails to fit what you are comfortable with. Its a bit if a drive from the coast but definitely worth it for the kind of wheeling you get imo. Also the Anza Borrego State Park has many trails that are good for beginners. Nothing big and you have to stay on the trail but definitely some great sights.

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Old 02-02-2014, 09:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for your response. I had heard of both of those places before and completely forgot about them. I just want to make sure I take advantage of the things I can do out here while I have the opportunity.
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i live in socal and would love to wheel with you.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:31 PM   #5
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Good to go! I've got a crazy few weeks coming up but I'm sure we can figure something out after that.
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Clral canyon is a good start there's beginner to semi hard with go rounds on a lot so its a good place to wet your feet...a little shaking and nerves rattling but you won't be anywhere near danger or issues....if you follow someone there you will start to open your eyes about your jeep....dirt roads or semi dirt roads forget it if a awd Subaru can make it you need to go further...
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:42 AM   #7
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Clral canyon is a good start there's beginner to semi hard with go rounds on a lot so its a good place to wet your feet...a little shaking and nerves rattling but you won't be anywhere near danger or issues....if you follow someone there you will start to open your eyes about your jeep....dirt roads or semi dirt roads forget it if a awd Subaru can make it you need to go further...
Agreed! I don't have years out here and who knows if or when I'll ever be back. I want to take advantage of what's out here while I can. Gravel roads aren't hard to find back home lol
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:52 AM   #8
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Im in sd too but ive been going up to san bernadino mostly. Ive been meaning to check out superstition ohv park. I have plans for the next few weekends but hit me up, im always open to adventures
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Agreed! I don't have years out here and who knows if or when I'll ever be back. I want to take advantage of what's out here while I can. Gravel roads aren't hard to find back home lol
You would be fine at coral canyon....it would be a great experience before leaving.
There's also a run that goes along the border that's supposed to be pretty u issue not real hard but has so e neat terrain....wish I knew more about it...its via.let of the moon or something to that effect-
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Hey All, I am a total newbie and appreciate everyone being so helpful with places to go. I use to have a 98 Land Rover Defender but that was when I was young and fearless. Did some gnarly off-roading with the club in Chicago but forgot the tricks. My 2014 Unlimited Altitude arrives tomorrow and I can't wait to get it dirty! I look forward to joining you all on a San Diego ride.
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I'm in clairemont, had a awesome group last weekend head to Pinyon Mountain and we hit up the squeeze and heart attack hill and explored for a couple hours! Epic trip! We are going back on March 3rd sandstone canyon, come if you like fun!

Here's a video of last weekend, made by Sinisterphoto

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I'm in clairemont, had a awesome group last weekend head to Pinyon Mountain and we hit up the squeeze and heart attack hill and explored for a couple hours! Epic trip! We are going back on March 3rd sandstone canyon, come if you like fun!
What group was that? I'm new to Wranglers (mine is only a month old) but not Jeeps (had a 2000 GC back in 2009) and would love to meet other SD Jeepers.
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What group was that? I'm new to Wranglers (mine is only a month old) but not Jeeps (had a 2000 GC back in 2009) and would love to meet other SD Jeepers.
Welcome to Wranglers my friend! Honestly I am originally from the east coast been here for 4 years and change but I'm slowly starting to get familiarized with the local trails.

It was my first time meeting everyone that was on that run but they are all great people, that why I plan on going March 3rd with the same group!

I'm at fiesta island or ski beach on the weekends regularly doing Bonfires. Maybe we Should plan a meet and greet bonfire for all the SD Wranglers
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Looks like I'm finally going to be making a trip to Ocotillo Wells this weekend. One of my friends from work should be bringing her Jeep, and anyone who'd like to join is welcome. Also, any advice (gear list, things to see, etc) would be greatly appreciated.
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Looks like I'm finally going to be making a trip to Ocotillo Wells this weekend. One of my friends from work should be bringing her Jeep, and anyone who'd like to join is welcome. Also, any advice (gear list, things to see, etc) would be greatly appreciated.

I'm headed to the Big Bear Forest Fest this weekend...
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Lots of water for both man and beast!
You cannot have too much water, and remember to drink it.
It can easily get over 110F out there, and you can sometimes forget how the heat can sap energy and abilities.

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