Hey everyone. My wife and I is driving to socal from SC middle of June. We are staying for a few weeks. I'm driving my jeep and I've found a couple of places to wheel. Like the big places, Calico, Big Bear, San Jacinto.
Just wondering if there is any place I should consider that I have missed in my searches...and I know cali has a bunch of laws. I read something about red stickers....but its from 2007. I also read that the trails in San Jacinto are closed during the summer months. Im sure that hasn't changed. I also know I need a wilderness permit.
Is there anything else I am missing? The wife and I like to geocache. So I difinately want to wheel and find some, but I can wheel without just the same.
I don't know anyone in cali who wheels either, so going solo is kinda gonna suck, and limit where I go.
I grew up in cali, riverside/perris area and left when I joined the air force at 20 years old, thats 17 years ago. I never owned a jeep and wheeled then....boy do I miss it now and wish I had. South Carolina is all private land or restricted to 4wd's.
The first thing I can tell you is that if your driving your Jeep out don't even worry about "RED" or "GREEN" stickers, they are mostly for motorcycles and OHV's that are NOT street legal.
June will more than likely be too hot for Death valley but you could go up to Kennedy Meadows off of hwy 395 by Pearsonville, a few miles above where hwy 395 and hwy 14 split. Nice and cool up there.
There are many geocaches out here by Ridgecrest/Inyokern that you could find, you could go up to Lake Isabella, well you get the idea. Lots to do out here, do some searching and have fun!
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Perhaps when you arrive, you could just put out a blast and say come on lets go play>
Itoo lived and worked in the Riverside/Perris/March area at one time, and live only 1 1/2 hrs away.
It is only about the same distance for me to go out to the Red Rock area,
or only a bit more to where Jeff is talking about.
I am now down to only my 2wd Cherokee, so real tough stuff is not doable, but the easy stuff I can still do!
Calico will be getting real steamy in June. There is a group that posts on here occasionally that still wheels out there in the summer despite the heat.
Big bear- IMO the trails worth doing require 35's at least one locker and 3" of lift. And you will definitely want belly and rocker protection as well those trails. Great fire roads up there to run on. Cleghorn can be done in a stock X or sport with no problems.
If my wilderness permit you mean Adventure Pass (to park in the National Forest), it seems that now its only required in places that have amenities. On top of that, the 'ticket' for not displaying the pass is only a request that you pay. Either way, its not difficult to just get the $30 annual pass.
Here is a link with info on the Adventure Pass lawsuit:
bananaslug, thanks for the links! Thats good news about the adventure pass prices. When I went back in 2011 and did some hiking, it hit me as a shock, and really made me mad, but i just thought "only in california" lol. Thanks for the link to the guide, I'm going to pick it up. Looks like a good guide....and Dak I have everything you mentioned accept a locker I figured my winch could make up for no locker though LOL
The Roll Call; LA county will be a good spot to start trying to get some stuff together. They are going on a run tomorrow actually and I'm pretty sure there would be a few people that would go with you.
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