Beginner Offroad Trails Near Barstow

The Main North to South Access Wash

A sandy run from the central valley to the northern open section. The wash is wide and allows for oncoming traffic to pass. The sand is generally more on the coarse side, lending to an…
Total Miles
2.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Wi / Sp

Stoddard Mountain Road

This is the main graded trail into the OHV area. It is mostly well-graded with plenty of washboard bumps and mild transition to make life easier for those towing trailers. There is a pit toilet…
Total Miles
3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Ride to the Fish Pond

This trail is very easy, on this ride you'll see great views of the Orb Mountains and enjoy a great ride through easy terrain. At the final destination, you will find an old water trough…
Total Miles
8.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Wi / Sp

Grapevine Canyon

Total Miles
32.3
Tech Rating
3 Moderate
Best Time
Su

Japatul Road

This trail heads up toward Juniper flats and splits to either Flagpole trail or continues to the flats. The valley views below are pretty great once you ascend to the ridgeline. Once you pass the…
Total Miles
1.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Sp / Wi

Coxey Road

Nice, easy going, wide sandy trail connecting other great OHV roads. The trail runs from Grapevine Canyon Road to Bowen Ranch Road. Look for the sign for 3N14 off Grapevine Canyon Road to start the…
Total Miles
6.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Bowen Ranch

This wide washboard trail heads up into the hills passing private property and open BLM land. It ends at the Bowens Ranch and hot springs (more info below). There are a few dispersed camping spots…
Total Miles
3.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Juniper Flats Southern Access

This generally easy trail leads from the Bowens Ranch gate past the hot springs trailhead parking area and into the vast area of Juniper Flats. This large flat area up in the mountains is full…
Total Miles
3.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Psycho Ranch Turnout

This trail tears off from the main route of Coxey into the hills. There are a few singletrack turnoffs for those looking for some adventure. There were no natural camping spots noticed on this route.…
Total Miles
1.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

The "Shooting Range" Quarry

This out and back trail ends at a small turnaround loop with a great view. A short side trail heads up to the old abandoned mine, which features a few flat dispersed camping spots and…
Total Miles
1.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Willow Creek Road

Total Miles
6.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi

Pilot Rock OHV

Pilot Rock OHV offers spectacular views and water crossings along the hills near Silverwood Lake and Arrowhead Lake. Some of the surrounding cities include Lugo, Hesperia, and Apple Valley. It can take 1 to 4…
Total Miles
5.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Pilot Rock Road

Total Miles
8.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi

Cleghorn Ridge

If you are a beginner looking to push your limits, this is a great route for you. You will follow along a ridge with great views of Silverwood Lake and have the option to dip…
Total Miles
14
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi

Desert Front Trail

This trail is mainly dirt road with some sand in areas and some off camber turns with slight hills. In Spring and Summer, the trails are mainly dry and possible in 2WD. There are forks…
Total Miles
11.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

1N09 City Creek Trail

A long overland trail with plenty of recreational activities such as site-specific shooting areas, yellow post campsites and creek crossings. This is a well-maintained dirt road with some minor ruts, rocks and shallow creek crossings.…
Total Miles
21.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

2N40 Cloudland Truck Trail

A short, but beautiful trail with great views of San Bernardino and the mountains beyond. It is doable in 2WD during dry conditions, but 4WD may be required when wet. Closures can occur during winter…
Total Miles
6.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Alder Creek Road - FSR 1n16

Starting in Highland, 1n16 is a fairly easy dirt road with some parts rutted out, but any 4x4 can make it through the trail easily. Many parts of the trail are single-vehicle wide, but there…
Total Miles
10.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Thomas Hunting Grounds

The Thomas Hunting Grounds Trail (1N12), often also referred to as the Morton Peak Trail, is an easy dirt road that takes you from the chaparral and shrubs of Mill Creek to the oaks and…
Total Miles
11.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Valley Crossover

A solid hardpacked trail across the middle of the valley. Many of the trails are whooped out and very sandy in the area. This trail leads to Pinnacle road and has a few steep hills,…
Total Miles
2.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Rocky Little Wilderness Border Loop

A nice easy loop to the wilderness border features a few large open camping spots suitable for very big rigs right off the highway. The loop features tight twists and turns with narrow sections and…
Total Miles
1.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Straight Shot to the White Fluffy Stuff

This is a mostly straight trail with some sandy sections and deep washouts. The trail ends at the military border in the lakebed. The lakebed may be impassable when wet. There seems to be some…
Total Miles
7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Sheep Canyon

This is a very easy trail leading from Swarthout Canyon Road to Lytle Creek Road. No major obstacles, but the uphill portions can be a little slick. Street legal vehicles only.
Total Miles
2.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Another Way Around

A quick pop around the side of pinnacles out to the network of trails beyond. The trail is somewhat sandy with a few small steep hills, washouts, and very sharp rocks. One should take care…
Total Miles
2.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Sp

Sharpless Ranch

This is a simple trail that leads from Lone Pine Canyon Road to Upper Lytle Creek Divide. It is an easy trail that is just a fun little uphill or downhill trail depending on direction…
Total Miles
2.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Gobblers Knob Spur A

This is a beautiful trail that leads you to the highest point within the little set of trails in this area. It also connects at the top with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Be careful…
Total Miles
5.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Upper Lytle Creek Divide

The trail consists mainly of dirt, rocks, and some roots. It is wide enough for one vehicle, but there are turnouts for passing throughout the trail. Stock height 2WD SUV and truck type vehicles are…
Total Miles
7.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

R20

A wide trail that swerves with deep turns throughout the foothills of the Rand Mountain range, fast, fun, and nice views that connects to many other trails in the area. This trail is one of…
Total Miles
6.3
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Pinnacles to Spangler Hills OHV Area

A sandy and bumpy dirt road with frequent washouts and whoops. This is a direct dirt route connecting the Trona Pinnacles area to the edge of the Spangler Hills OHV Riding Area. There are more…
Total Miles
5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Trona Pinnacles Scenic Loop East (Easy)

An easy scenic loop around and through the Trona Pinnacles National Landmark that is accessible by passenger car with careful tire placement (easy trail, just be careful of your sidewalls on sharp rocks). This trail…
Total Miles
1.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi