Hey guys! I'm new to posting on the forum and definitely new to jeepin'. But I wanted to know some beginner trails I could take my rig too that are within an hour or two. Thanks in advance for the feedback!
Here's a link to some maps of the Cleveland National Forrest. The Trabuco North area is in my backyard and probably about an hour from San Diego. The roads shown are fire roads and not challenging at all, but have some great views at the higher elevations. The other districts are closer to SD, but I couldn't tell you
anything about them.
With a nearly bone stock Jeep I'd try some places like the Otay Truck Trails in south county, there's several trails out in the desert that a stocker can handle - Canyon Sin Nombre, Vallecito Creek and the surrounding arroyos, lots of places near Ocotillo Wells and near Borrego Springs like Grapevine Canyon.
Best thing to do is start meeting some local people, head out on some runs, see what kind of off-roading you want to do, get tons of advice and plan out a build and let the spending begin
I'm thinking probably some truck trails, fire roads etc. my rig is basically stock but in great shape. So something that will make use of what a jeep is meant for but won't end up tearing up my rig just yet haha
Good start here. There is every level at corral canyon and nate harrison goes to the top of palomar. Pancake rock is not too far off the 8 and a pretty easy road up the mountain. I think the official name is Carvacre trail.
Coyote Canyon is an out and back trail. It's actually one of my favorites even though it's not really technical. I like the water crossings and the scenery is great. It's a great day run and there are decent places to eat in Borrego Springs. Do it if you get a chance. Be sure to go with another Jeep if you have doubts in your rigs ability.
careful with the water crossing in Coyote Canyon... a TJ will be fine, but an xj or yj will have issues... I'm in need of a new t-case because of that
diablo dropoff can be run in a stock jeep with no major issues... anza borrego is home to many a dirt wash and road that although scenic and off the beaten path won't require much more than 4wd for the sand.
yeah - I'm pretty familiar with Rock-o-tillo Wells and that section of anza borrego - grew up on dirtbikes out there. I've ridden every trail from blowsand to the saltan sea (well, almost). But, now I've got a jeep and want something different than ocotillo wells. My xj is up on 33's and about a 5 inch lift (bushwacker flares) and my only real concern for my rig right now is that I'm lacking a roll cage...