On Sunday, November 27, 2005 seven Jeeps (6 TJs and 1 XJ) met at the Flying J in Frazier Park and drove about seven miles to the start of the Lockwood/Miller Jeep Trails. This is a photo of the group while we are airing down at the trailhead. From left to right, Kevin (KevinofCamelot) in the khaki Unlimited Rubicon; Mike (RuggedJeep) in the silver XJ, Al (igofshn) in the red TJ (behind RuggedJeep), Kirk (CETROV) in the dark green TJ, Grady (Grady) in the red TJ, Ed (AvNative) in the white TJ, and myself in the Khaki TJ:
Originally, the Lockwood Trail ran down the Lockwood Creek streambed, but the vehicles stirred up so much silt that it was impossible for the fish to survive in the creek, so the Forest Service re-routed the trail to follow the ridgeline to the west of the creek.
The trails are rated ďblack diamondĒ by the Forest Service, but a stock Jeep can make it through the trails, although it may scrape the skid plate a few times. About a half mile after the start, we got to the rock garden. Since I have a stock Jeep and open diffs, I took the bypass. Al (igofshn) led the rest of the group through the rock garden:
It was a beautiful, clear day, and once we reached the ridgeline, we had a nice view of the Lockwood Valley:
We took a short break at the junction of the Lockwood trail and the Yellowjacket trail. Here are Alís (igofshn) red TJ, my khaki TJ, Mikeís (RuggedJeep) silver XJ, Kevinís (kevinofcamelot) khaki Unlimited Rubicon, Edís (AvNative) white TJ, and Kirkís (CETROV) green TJ (I donít know happened, but I missed getting Gradyís red TJ in this shot):
We stopped for lunch at Sunset Campground, which is located at the confluence of Lockwood Creek and Piru Creek. It marks the end of the Lockwood trail, and the start of the Miller Jeep Trail. Weíve traveled about nine miles from the trailhead, and have about three more miles to go:
After lunch, we crossed Piru Creek, and began the Miller Jeep Trail:
Although a few of us got stuck a few times, we worked our way out of it; we never had to get out the tow straps. We finally reached the Alamo campground, signifying the end of the Lockwood/Miller Jeep Trails.
Since there was a few hours of daylight left, we stopped at the Hungry Valley OHV practice area to test our flex:
Hereís Ed (AvNative). He just installed a new lift, and wanted to check it out:
He was joined by Al (igofshn) in the red TJ and Kirk (CETROV) in the green TJ:
That was the end of a day with beautiful weather and wonderful wheeling.
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sweet!! actually our club is looking to go hit up millers/lockwood. just hpoing it doesnt snow or rain. from what i saw the trail looks like its in ok shape. no serious trail damage? we are thinking about going next weekend, hopefully. great pics!!!
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