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MrBash 05-22-2008 01:07 AM

Miller Jeep Trail Report 5/20/2008
Good Evening All!

Miller Jeep trail is an absolute fun trail with various types of terrain to wheel.

The trees are still burned but the ground is showing recovery with blooming plants and flowers. This was my first time running Miller Jeep trail and I must say "that was one long damn trail". Actually it just felt like a long trail because my buddy came along with his stock 2003 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 with street tires. Over all the vehicle did fine until the last hill clumb with the extreme rocky terrain. Let's just say his step bars are now part of the body of the vehicle

For those who have never run this trail I recommend you go. Any stock Jeep will make it just fine but I recommend 33's or higher for the last climb.

We entered the trail from Lockwood Valley Rd. The beginning of the trail has a shallow creek crossing and immediately starts to climb up into the mountains of Los Padres. The entire trail is a narrow ledge road with steep drop offs and breathtaking views.

Basically first you climb a mountain and then descend into a vally. Then you have another steep climb with small rocky areas and then you have a loose rocky descend into another valley with a creek crossing and a campground area. The third climb was the most difficult. My jeep with an RE 3.5 Superflex and 33's had no problem getting up the thrid climb. The third climb took the longest to clear and that was because the Nissan Pathfinder had very difficult obstacles to cross. A lot of guiding was involved, a lot of "gunning it", a lot of step bar scraping...but at the end, the damn thing made it up there and I give credit to the driver, the guide (me) and the vehicle itself. The third climb ends at Dutchman Campground where lies a rolled over toyota pick-up truck. At this point we went down the graded dirt road into hungry valley state park where we flew through the dirt roads and onto Smokey Bear Rd and onto the 5 South.

We were at trail head at 1:00pm and finished the trail at 6:30pm. I did not keep track of how many miles the actual trail was but it was an absolute blast and well worth the drive from Rancho Cucamonga.

We need to go back and do it again but this time with many Jeeps. Let's plan a run! I'm thinking Sunday June 8th. Who wants to kick around this idea with me?

Start of Trail

Bugger swiming in the creek

The first ascend

The beginning of the view

Driving up Lockwood Creek Trail

MrBash 05-22-2008 01:07 AM

First Descend towards YellowJacket Trail

I hope this sign was destroyed by the"elements" and not by humans

The entrance to YellowJacket. I got hung on my belly s and was unable to cross so had to turn back

Stacking rocks for one more try...still got hung on the belly

The view of the second climb

Bash guiding the Nissan

Bash just chillin

MrBash 05-22-2008 01:08 AM

Descend down the second Hill

The Nissan on its front diff at "the squeeze"

The shelf rocky road ascending down towards the campground

Lockwood creek crossing

MrBash 05-22-2008 01:09 AM

Crossing Lockwood Creek towards the "Miller Jeep Trail"

A litle flexy

The rocky climb up Miller Jeep Trail....Poor Nissan

Dutchman Campground at the end of Miller Jeep Trail

The rolled over Yota

The Bashmobile and the beat up yet victorious Nissan Pathfinder

The Final View

distortedtj 05-22-2008 01:56 AM

looks great nice senery!

baddandy 05-22-2008 09:23 AM

Thanks for the pics. It's what's keeping me sane until the damn snow melts off of our trails!

4point 05-22-2008 09:28 AM

Nice pis Bash, looks like a great day out doors. :cool:

Barrie 05-24-2008 05:58 PM

Great pic's looks like a fun day.

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