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GUIDE TO
Southern California
Backroads &
4-Wheel Drive Trails
by Charles A. Wells

75 Trails with 86 Maps, Directions, & Over 340 Photos
 Plus GPS Waypoints

Easy, Moderate and Difficult
Southern California Backroad Driving Adventures

Covers 75 of the most interesting 4-wheel-drive trails in southern California. Trails are convenient to Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara. Areas covered include the Anza-Borrego Desert Region, Death Valley National Park, Panamint Mountains, Inland Empire, Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead, Mojave Road, Calico Mountains, Superstition Mountain, Truckhaven and Imperial Sand Dunes. In addition, many OHV areas are covered including Ocotillo Wells, Hungry Valley, Stoddard Valley and Johnson Valley. Fifty trails are suitable for most high-clearance stock SUVs. GPS waypoints are also included.

Contents

Page    Topic

 

6      Trails Listed by Area (& Green  Sticker trails specified)

7      Trail Locator Map

8      Trails Listed by Difficulty, Ratings Defined

10    Trails Listed Alphabetically, Author's Favorites

 

11    INTRODUCTION

12    How to use this book

13    Selecting the Right Trail for Your Vehicle

13    California Laws, Licensing and Fees

14    ATVs & Dirt Bikes

15    OHV Areas and SVRAs

15    National Parks and Forests

16    Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Mojave National Preserve

17    Safety tips

18    Desert Survival

20    Checklist

21    Your responsibilities as a Backcountry Driver

23    Backcountry Driving Lessons

29    Final Comments

30    Map Legend

 

31    THE TRAILS (Individual trails listed separately)

32      Area 1-   Death Valley National Park, Panamint Mountains

58      Area 2-   Santa Barbara, North of Los Angeles, Hungry Valley

82      Area 3-   Barstow, Calico Mountains

104    Area 4-   The Mojave Road

118    Area 5-   Inland Empire, San Bernardino

132    Area 6-   Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead

164    Area 7-   Anza-Borrego Desert, Ocotillo Wells, Truckhaven

186    Area 8-   Anza-Borrego Desert, Corral Canyon, Ocotillo

224    Area 9-   Superstition Mountain, Imperial Sand Dunes

238    Area 10- Other Trails

 

259   APPENDIX

260    GPS Basics

264    GPS Waypoint Coordinates

277    Glossary

278    References & Reading

279    Addresses & Phone Numbers

282    Index

286    The Author & His Vehicles

 

340 Photos

75 Trails

Trail Locator Map from book

No./Trail Name/Rating (Easy, Moderate, Difficult)

AREA 1
Death Valley National Park, Panamint Mountains

1. Titus Canyon (E)
2. Chloride City (M)
3. Cottonwood/Marble Canyon (M)
4. Echo Pass/ Inyo Mine (D)
5. Jail Canyon (M)
6. Pleasant Canyon/ South Park (D)
7. Goler Wash/ Mengel Pass (D)
8. Butte Valley (E)
9. Fish Canyon Escape Trail (E)

AREA 2
Santa Barbara, North of
Los Angeles, Hungry Valley

10. Santa Ynez Peak (E)
11. Aqua Caliente Springs (E)*
12. Lockwood/ Miller Jeep Trail (D)*
13. Alamo Mountain Loop (E)*
14. Pronghorn Trail (M)*
15. Liebre Mountain (E)
16. Rowher Trail (D)*
17. Sierra Pelona Road (E)*

AREA 3
Barstow, Calico Mountains

18. Wall Street Canyon Overlook (E)*
19. Doran Loop (D)*
20. Odessa Canyon (D)*
21. Phillips Loop (M)*
22. Mule Canyon Road (E)*
23. Achy-Breaky (D)*

AREA 4
The Mojave Road

24. Mojave Road East (M)
25. Mojave Road Central (M)
26. Mojave Road West (M)*

AREA 5
Inland Empire, San Bernardino

27. Rincon-Shortcut Road (E)*
28. Cucamonga Big Tree Trail (M)
29. Cleghorn Ridge (E)*
30. Pilot Rock (M)*
31. Santiago Peak (M)

AREA 6
Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead

32. Grapevine Canyon (M)*
33. Willow Creek Road (E)*
34. Dishpan Springs (D)*
35. Holcomb Creek Trail (D)*
36. Butler Peak (E)
37. John Bull Trail (D)*
38. Jacoby Canyon (M)
39. Gold Mountain (D)
40. Clarks Summit (M)
41. Skyline Drive (E)
42. Heartbreak Ridge (D)*
43. Rattlesnake Canyon (M)

No./Trail Name/Rating (Easy, Moderate, Difficult)

AREA 7
Anza-Borrego Desert,
Ocotillo Wells, Truckhaven

44. Lower Coyote Canyon (M)
45. Calcite Mine (D)
46. Truckhaven (D)
47. Fonts Point (E)
48. The Slot (D)
49. Ocotillo Wells SVRA (E)*
50. Pumpkin Patch (M)*
51. Cross Over Trail (M)*

AREA 8
Anza Borrego Desert, Corral Canyon, Ocotillo

52. Oriflamme Canyon (M)
53. Blair Valley (E)
54. Pinyon Mountain Road (D)
55. Sandstone Canyon (E)
56. Canyon Sin Nombre (E)
57. Mud Caves/ Diablo Dropoff (D)
58. Mortero Wash (M)
59. Los Pinos Lookout (M)*
60. Bronco Peak (D)*
61. Sindwinder (D)*
62. McCain Valley (E)*
63. Table Mountain (M)
64. Smugglers Cave/ Elliot Mine (D)*

AREA 9
Superstition Mountain, Imperial Sand Dunes

65. Superstition Mountain Loop (E)*
66. Sand Dam Canyon (M)*
67. Knock-on-Wood (D)*
68. Sand Highway (E)*
69. Glamis/ Oldsmobile Hill (D)*

AREA 10
Other Trails

70. Last Chance Canyon (M)
71. Trona Pinnacles (E)
72. Dumont Dunes (D)*
73. Sperry Wash (E)*
74. Sledgehammer Canyon (D)*
75. Berdoo Canyon (M)

* Indicates Green Sticker vehicles are allowed on the trail or nearby OHV terrain.

 

 

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Other Activities
Historical Highlights
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(Forest Service, Trails Illustrated, and DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer)

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