"I'm sure there have to be some places to go out east toward Lake LA and Llano."
Taking Ave J east past the end of the pavement and past the rock house and a few old formations is fun on the way to El Mirage.
And actually, there are quite a few trails in Lake L.A. One of which is shredder canyon. It's only about a mile or so long. But, several years ago, when they closed the Littlerock Dam to the "back", that is the old Santiago Run, that used to be held annually, the guy that owns/owned the several acres of the Lovejoy Buttes, opened it free to those who wish to wheel there, and initially, it replaced the Santiago Run. Just some old maybe useless info but I thought it was interesting. I used to have a built Suzuki Samurai that did amazing things. I took the Shredder, never making the complete trail as two waterfalls in particular were rough enough that I split the Transfer Case wide open on two occasions. I haven't been there in sometime. But, I know the trails out there very well. I "cut my teeth" so to speak in the cab of a 4WD on everything from the old mines (super easy) east of Lake L.A. to scaring myself up and down Holy Moses to the Lovejoy Buttes. I nearly lost my Toyota Pickup in the Lovejoy Buttes to a VERY NEAR rollover, lol. Anyway, enough babblin. Carry on. I hope to run into some of you one of these days. In fact, after my February 16-19 2012 Red Rock camping trip, I am trying to nail down a weekend to do just a daylong El Mirage trip. Anyone interested?
HI N LO DESERT RUNNERS-AV, CA. Because Life Begins Where The Pavement Ends!(c)1998