11S03 Lusardi Truck Trail

Total Miles


789.75 ft


2 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Winter

Trail Overview

11S03 Lusardi Truck Trail is an 11.6-mile out-and-back trail rated 3 of 10 located within the Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco Ranger District. Lusardi Truck Trail ascends the Carney Canyon between the Black Butte (west) and Black Mountain (east) to the National Forest boundary at 5.8 miles. The trail is a limited-use trail restricted to street-legal vehicles only. The truck trail continues to the north across private property and is only accessible to CalFire. A steel barrier exists on the north end of the trail and a short walk further north is the private property gate at the forest boundary. The trail is mostly hard-packed dirt with a couple of rocky points. There are a couple of creek crossings; some have concrete erosion control installed to cross. This is a multi-use trail, so the potential exists to meet up with equestrians or mountain bikers. There are several offshoots along the way for exploration, but there is no legal means to loop around off of this road. There are several areas for dispersed camping along the trail and a couple of side trails that can be explored. The Forest Service may close this road during and after seasonal weather. Don't expect to get cell phone service on this trail and the nearest services are in Ramona.


The trail consists of loose rocks, dirt, and sand with some slick rock surfaces. Mud holes are possible, but there are no steps higher than 12 inches. 4WD may be required, and aggressive tires are a plus.


Cleveland National Forest road and trail closure status is found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cleveland/recreation/ohv/?cid=stelprdb5340229

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Status Reports

Luis Torres
Feb 19, 2024
2023 Jeep Gladiator
Temporarily Closed
Closed Gate
Posted Sign
Natalie Muscat
Jan 20, 2024
Temporarily Closed
Weather Event

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