Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Santa Clarita

City Highline Road

This non-technical dirt road follows the power lines along the hills of San Francisquito Canyon. There are some neat views of the California aqueduct, and tons of little side roads. Most of the side roads…
Total Miles
9.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

San Francisquito Motorway

This is a relatively easy dirt road just outside Santa Clarita. It is usually low-traffic, and the main road doesn't even require 4x4. There are however several side trails (mostly short) that are steep, rutted,…
Total Miles
5.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Sierra Pelona Ridge/Rowher OHV

Total Miles
13.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Sp / Su / Fa

Tule Divide

The Tule Divide is an easy, pretty drive through the Sierra Pelona Range. The trail mostly follows Burns Canyon Road and other forest routes, which can be linked to other local trails for more off-road…
Total Miles
13.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Lake Hughes Truck Trail

This easy route begins just east of Lake Hughes in remote northern Los Angeles County, California, and connects the area to the Tule Divide trail. The drive is a mostly uneventful climb with pretty views…
Total Miles
3.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa / Wi / Sp

Grass Mountain Summit

This is a short, but scenic ride to the summit of Grass Mountain, which provides a great view of the Green Valley area, as well as views of the Leona Valley, Antelope Valley, and high…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Lake Hughes/Grass Mountain Connector Trail

This short trail connects the Lake Hughes Truck Trail with Grass Mountain, FS 6N04. It is a mostly uneventful and short trail that, unlike others in the area, has quite a bit of shade thanks…
Total Miles
0.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Wi / Fa

Leona Divide

This is a relatively easy scenic drive down Forest Route 6N04, also known as Leona Divide. It can be run in both directions, beginning at either the trailhead on Bouquet Canyon Road or San Francisquito…
Total Miles
9.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Maxwell Road

This is an off-road connector between Lake Hughes Road and the Liebre Mountain and Sawmill Motor Way (USFS Route 7N23). It takes you through the western Sierra Pelona Range, which is the lower elevation mountain…
Total Miles
9.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

The Highest Peak of the Sierra Pelona

Take a quick, but pretty drive up to Burnt Peak. At 5,791' above sea level, this is the highest peak of the Sierra Pelona, which is one of the lower elevation ranges within California's Transverse…
Total Miles
5.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Su

Liebre Mountain

Total Miles
16.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa

Alamo Mountain Loop

Alamo Mountain Loop is a great escape from the crowds and heat of summer. At over 7,000 feet, this easy forest drive runs parallel to Hungry Valley State Recreation area. Camping is available, as well…
Total Miles
24.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Whitmore Gold Mines

This is a quick and easy trail that showcases some of the mining history of the western Mojave Desert. It is mostly hard-packed, and there are plenty of areas to park and walk to the…
Total Miles
1.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

4N11

The trail starts as a well-maintained road (Big Rock Creek) from the west, or Angeles Crest if starting from the east. It is a short trail, but is very scenic and has creek crossings during…
Total Miles
1.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

3N26

Trail head starts on Angeles Crest Highway at the Vincent Gap Turnout. It is a very short trail that leads to a locked gate at Jackson Flat Camping Area. The scenery during this trail consists…
Total Miles
0.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Big John Flat

The trail starts as a well maintained dirt road. About a 3 miles into the trail, the dirt is softer and the trail thins to one vehicle wide. There are two hill climbs that will…
Total Miles
3.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Mescal Canyon Road

This trail can be approached from South to North or North to South. North to South will be more challenging because it is going up hill. Mainly dirt and small rocks make up the trail.…
Total Miles
2.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

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

Slade Canyon

This is a a fun, quick trail that leads you up into the mountains from the creek bed below. After heavy snowfall, ice could make for very dangerous conditions. If snow is present 4WD is…
Total Miles
2.6
Tech Rating
2 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

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

Jawbone to Lake Isabella

Total Miles
45.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Sp / Su / Fa

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

Jawbone OHV Area

Total Miles
25.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time

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

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 / Sp / Su / Fa

Iron Canyon Scenic Trail

The Iron Canyon Scenic Trail is an easy-going dirt trail that winds its way around the Red Cliffs of Red Rock Canyon State Park. It's very easy-going as there are no major obstacles to worry…
Total Miles
3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / 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

McIver's Cabin Trail Head

30 miles North of Mojave, CA on the 14 Fwy, is the Dove Springs open riding area. This area is well maintained and well marked with trail signs. The main trail leading into Dove Springs…
Total Miles
18.7
Tech Rating
3 Moderate
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

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