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Old 11-20-2014, 02:18 PM   #1
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Beginner off-road rides in SoCal

Hello all. I have about 15 years of street riding/racing experience under my belt, but 0 years of adventure riding.

I'm looking for some very simple off-road trails to explore in the SoCal area. I live in Irvine, but I'm willing to ride a bit of course. Don't want any crazy river crossings, large boulders, lots of sand, steep descents, etc....yet.

I have a F800GSA so it's a bit heavier than a lot of the "dirt bikes" that a lot of people ride here.

Basically looking for something like this where I can ride off into the sunset.



Recently on a business trip to Las Vegas, I noticed TONS of nice trails off the 15 freeway. It seems like anyone can just take an exit somewhere (such as Zyzzx Road) and just take an offshoot trail. Is that legal?
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:01 PM   #2
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:39 AM   #3
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Sign up for this, you'll be a great off road rider when you get to LV.

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Old 11-21-2014, 07:53 AM   #4
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Santa Rosa Mountain Road and Thomas Mountain are easy packed dirt roads in the Santa Rosa mountains between Anza and the Coachella Valley. They can be accessed off of Hwy 74 or 371. They are at altitude so can get snow this time of year.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:19 AM   #5
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Soda lake road out a Maricopa. 45+ miles of high speed dirt. we're gonna try Nate Harrison Grade by Mt Palomar next Sunday
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:27 AM   #6
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Lot's of sand out by Vegas. Oh and rocks too. A good start is Trabuco Creek road and it's nice and close. Just watch out for squids thinking they're in a rally race with dads Subaru.

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Hello all. I have about 15 years of street riding/racing experience under my belt, but 0 years of adventure riding.

I'm looking for some very simple off-road trails to explore in the SoCal area. I live in Irvine, but I'm willing to ride a bit of course. Don't want any crazy river crossings, large boulders, lots of sand, steep descents, etc....yet.

I have a F800GSA so it's a bit heavier than a lot of the "dirt bikes" that a lot of people ride here.

Basically looking for something like this where I can ride off into the sunset.



Recently on a business trip to Las Vegas, I noticed TONS of nice trails off the 15 freeway. It seems like anyone can just take an exit somewhere (such as Zyzzx Road) and just take an offshoot trail. Is that legal?
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:52 PM   #7
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Santa Rosa Mountain Road and Thomas Mountain are easy packed dirt roads in the Santa Rosa mountains between Anza and the Coachella Valley. They can be accessed off of Hwy 74 or 371. They are at altitude so can get snow this time of year.
Thank you sir! I'll try to check them out.

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Soda lake road out a Maricopa. 45+ miles of high speed dirt. we're gonna try Nate Harrison Grade by Mt Palomar next Sunday
That looks like a perfect spot, but so far! Forgot to mention I live in Irvine. :(

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Lot's of sand out by Vegas. Oh and rocks too. A good start is Trabuco Creek road and it's nice and close. Just watch out for squids thinking they're in a rally race with dads Subaru.
Google Maps shows several Trabuco Creek Roads. Is this it? Seems pretty short.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tr...a9c8a9a8a76800
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:35 PM   #8
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Turns out I know exactly where Trabuco Canyon Road is!

Passed it while exploring one day and thought to myself, "hm, I'll try to take that next time." :)

Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend.
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:16 PM   #9
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shamoo~ I would suggest you contact your local ranger stations for up to date information, regarding legal riding areas.

Big Bear ranger station~ 909-382-2790
Cajon ranger stn. 909-382-2850
Arrowhead ranger stn. 909-382-2782
San Gorgonio ranger stn. 909-382-2881
Idyllwild ranger stn. 909-382-2921
San Berdoo Nat Forest 909-382-2600

www.treadlightly.org

If you want to "learn how" to ride dirt, then I can suggest taking Gary LaPlant's offroad course. (It's fun.)

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Old 11-21-2014, 04:20 PM   #10
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Soda lake road out a Maricopa. 45+ miles of high speed dirt. we're gonna try Nate Harrison Grade by Mt Palomar next Sunday
Plan on knobbies as the mtn got some decent rain last night.

a 220 lb dirtbike would be a hoot.

a 550 lb adventure bike would be a chore...
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:36 PM   #11
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Hey man Trabuco Creek will be boring on a 800 it's only a couple of miles long unless you like to go on hiking trails illegally. You can go up Maple springs road when they open sometime after a year which will take you up to SAntiago PEak but currently it is closed due to a fire. I live in IRvine and I ride my lil drz400 up to Big Bear or LA when I get the chance for a real ride. Big bear is my favorite local area it has mountains and trails for miles and miles if you stick on the big fireroads its mostly relatively easy and mostly well marked. I would suggest hitting up the annual ADV rally at Death VAlley noob ride in spring that is my first adventure ride and there are plenty of good riding for noobs out there and you will learn a lot from other people.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:47 PM   #12
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Are you just looking to "learn" dirt ridding? If so I agree that Big Bear, Lytle Creek etc are the way to go.
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:47 PM   #13
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Trabuco Creek will be boring on a 800 it's only a couple of miles long
This is true, but it's also really close to Irvine, if you have limited time. I think it's a good place to feel out the dirt on a big bike if you haven't before.

Another option for out and back is just go down 405/5, east on 74, south on Main Divide, and screw around at Wildomar (not on weekends I hear). There are enough trails to wear you out if you are new, and the ride down is pleasant on a street-biased bike.
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I'm looking for some very simple off-road trails to explore in the SoCal area.
Basically looking for something like this where I can ride off into the sunset.

You are not looking for "trails" or "off-road", you are looking for dirt county roads which are technically highways (off-highway vehicles not allowed). Just get auto club map of desert area and stick to main roads or as stated above main Level III forest service roads, again not legal for OHVs.
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yeah I am not sure what you are thinking. Do you want to ride power line roads or are you up for a real adventure???
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