Hoss

Total Miles
2.9

Elevation

726.65 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Take a break from the rat race on Apache Trail. Drive a short Jeep road to overlook the rugged country north of Tortilla Flat. Wonder about the history of a guy named 'Hoss" and snag a geocache if you are into that. Mostly this is a way to spend 2-3 hours in a beautiful country with nobody else around (usually). Combine with Tortilla Ranch to make a longer day. There is a plaque honoring Lenny "Hoss" Waite at the end of the right fork road. We know nothing about the gentleman, but he is the reason we named the trail Hoss.The road going in from Apache Trail is bumpy in most spots and a bit scratchy, as are most minor trails in this area. High clearance is certainly required, and some vehicles will need 4WD on a couple of hills. Nice scenery along the way.Take the right fork to see the plaque. It is just over the edge of a parking area at the end of the road. There is a short cliff just ahead of the Jeep and it is at the base of that. Beautiful area for a memorial.There is a very rugged canyon here but I was unable to do it justice with a camera. You will have to drive in to see it.The left fork has views of a canyon that drains into Canyon Lake, but you cannot see the lake. It ends at a high spot where you can look back at Apache Trail.

Photos of Hoss

Hoss
Hoss

Difficulty

Dirt roads with some challenging obstacles along the way

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

J H
Jun 16, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Trail is rated too low. I couldn't get the stock jeep up the last climb. Well, probably could have but opted not to push it since I was alone. It's steep with rocky steps. Spun tires and started sliding off the trail on one of the steps. A good bump might have done it but its iffy if your alone. Probably not hard with a built jeep but challenging with a stock one. Lots of fun.
Steve Ruden
May 31, 2024
2023 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Normal
Darrel Batie
Nov 14, 2023
SxS
Open
Normal

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