Beginner Offroad Trails Near Nuevo

Idyllwild Mountain Road

Beautiful trail overlooking the neighboring town of Banning and the surrounding mountains. The deserted mountain scape is chock-full of secluded camp spots with some wind cover and appears to occasionally be used for shooting. The…
Total Miles
7.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

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

San Jacinto Ridge Trail (FS 5S09)

San Jacinto Ridge is a two-way trail running East to West between the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway (SR 243) and Bee Canyon Road (FS 5S07) in the San Bernardino National Forest. Comprised of mostly hard-pack dirt,…
Total Miles
10.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

North Main Divide Road

Tucked amidst the hustle and bustle of Southern California's heavily-populated coast is a slice of heaven called the Cleveland National Forest. This mountainous region is undeveloped save for a few great trails connecting world-class views…
Total Miles
11.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

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

Black Mountain

This is a well-maintain fire road that takes you up to boulder basin group campsite. On the way there, you'll see some turns-outs for rock climbing and overlanding. During the winter months, trails may be…
Total Miles
10
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su

Black Mountain Road

This is an easy trail that most stock vehicles could tackle. There are some really beautiful views, and the high point is the lookout, which gives a breathtaking view of the sunset. There are 5…
Total Miles
5.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

4S03

Scenic trail from the 15 Freeway to Santiago Peak. The dirt road is hard packed and easy to navigate, but does have a few sections with sharp rocks and a few ruts. The road has…
Total Miles
3.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Maple Spring Road

A fun trail for vehicles with some ground clearance to view scenic views of the Cleveland National Forest. At the end of the trail is an elevated patch of asphalt that appears to be a…
Total Miles
11.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Su / Fa / Sp

3S04 Main Divide to Santiago Peak

The Main Divide is composed of 3 sections, all of which are very easy going trails that can be done with any high clearance 4x4 and can also be done in any low clearance AWD…
Total Miles
4.6
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

8S05 - North Palomar Mountain Road

8S05 is a well-maintained service road, but you can expect large rocks, ruts, and very steep drop-offs throughout. The weather could have a significant impact on the road. Muddy conditions are likely; one should ensure…
Total Miles
10.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
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

6S13 - Thomas Mountain Road

Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks and sand. Muddy conditions should be expected during the rainy season. The trail is primarily one vehicle wide with some portions wide enough for passing oncoming traffic. Steep…
Total Miles
7.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Nate Harrison Grade

Nate Harrison Grade is a dirt backroad into Palomar Mountain State Park. This trail leads from the scenery of typical Southern California scrubland up to lush forests and mountain views. Throughout the route, you'll encounter…
Total Miles
7.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Grapevine Canyon

Total Miles
32.3
Tech Rating
3 Moderate
Best Time
Su

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

Palomar Divide (9S07)

The Palomar Divide is an easy drive with beautiful views. It is a single lane with pull-offs throughout. The majority of the trail is dirt however has some old paved sections in the lower elevation…
Total Miles
10.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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