Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Ventura

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

Camuesa & Buckhorn OHV

Camuesa & Buckhorn OHV is a stunning route high up in the San Rafael Mountains, providing awesome views into Los Padres NF and the Lake Cachuma foothills. This forest route is accessed via the Upper…
Total Miles
13.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Liebre Mountain

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sierra Pelona Ridge/Rowher OHV

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

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

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

Jawbone to Lake Isabella

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

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

Jawbone OHV Area

Total Miles
25.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time

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