Category: 4×4

Winter in San Diego County

During February a large cold front passed through California and brought an unusual amount of snow to the mountains east of San Diego with snow level down to about 2000 feet. I decided to head east on I-8 and up towards Sunrise Highway/Mount Laguna to see what kind of chaos the roads would be in due to a few inches of snow. The freeway was full of people: stuck on the side of the road, in the middle of the road, motorist driving with their hazard lights on continuously, heavy trucks that hit each other, and seemingly confirmed all of the bad driving tropes about Southern California. Sunrise Highway (S-1) offered a far different experience and was almost empty. I passed very few other motorists and only a single stuck vehicle. The snow was coming down harder, the temperature was lower, and I had an amazing time up on Mount Laguna.

I stopped around the peak at Mount Laguna to throw some snowballs and take a few photos. All was quite, all was calm, and all was cold that night on Mount Laguna. There were CHP Officers at the southern end of Sunrise Highway who stopped anyone who either: drove a car without chains installed or had a 4×4 truck without chains with them. Usually when there’s a few inches of snow it’s too crowded to head up to the Laguna Range but the heavy storm kept most away. It was a wonderful time and I hope that you enjoy the videos!

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Fox 5 San Diego-Storm brings Mount Laguna heaviest snowfall in years

Briggs Cabin

Briggs Cabin is a wonderful dwelling maintained by the Friends of Briggs (employees from the nearby Briggs Camp) that is well stocked, has DC power, heated and running water, showers, toilets, multiple beds, and other amenities that are quite nice to experience so far from civilization. Please be sure to follow all instructions given for any equipment you use and take your trash out with you.

Be sure not to overload the bridge to the east of the cabin. You’ll find the rest of the photos here on the full page!

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Pilot Rock Trail

The Pilot Rock Truck Trail (Forest Route 2N33) is a trail of little difficulty with some optional spurs of varying difficulty. Any vehicle with some ground clearance should make it through this scenic and stunning trail. If you own a Subaru/modern station wagon it would make it through, albeit with some likely damage to the bumpers. I rode this trail from west-to-east and avoided the majority of the more difficult offshoots that the trail offered. If you want to have a nice, relaxing ride then this is a great place to head out to if you’re passing through the Big Bear Lake or Silverwood Lake areas. Enjoy the videos!

Pilot Rock Truck Trail Staging Area

Here’s the western edge of the trail:

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Here’s the eastern edge of the trail:

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Escape Trail (Fish Canyon)

The Escape Trail (aka Fish Canyon) is a trail of moderate difficulty that a truck with good ground clearance and a decent tire should be able to navigate. This trail traverses Fish Canyon and connect Panamint Valley to Searles Valley across the Slate Range. There are no difficult obstacles on this trail, just a lot of hard rocks and a few spots that will test your articulation and approach/departure angles. This trail earned its name from a few families that escaped from Death Valley in the 19th century. The Panamint and Death Valleys are at a fine temperature during the winter time and a wonderful place to visit if you ever have a few days to spare. Enjoy the photos and find all of them here!

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Oriflamme Canyon

I posted a page about the trail through Oriflamme Canyon a while ago and recently went through again to take some high-quality video footage of it. I’ll post up some pictures later of a hike through a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail along with a nightmare recovery involving a class A motorhome. Enjoy the video

Toyota Tundra Build Updates

Hello everybody, today I’ll just be posting up various photos of what I’ve done to the truck recently. An abridged list of what I’ve added in no particular order:

Without further ado, here are some of the photos. You can find the full build thread here and enjoy!

 

 

A Short Drive Through Turner Road

Hello everybody, once again I’m posting up some videos of a few short drives through Guam and its wonderful landscape. Turner Road breaks off from Route 6 near the top of Nimitz Hill and allows you to see both sides of the island very easily. The dirt road at the end offers access to numerous mud-bog trails, biking and hiking trails, and stunning vista points from the center of the isle of Guam. I have to leave the island soon and can no longer afford to get my truck dirty but I may take some more pictures of the area from a few bike rides. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Sometimes I just wish that my truck had some Super Swampers on it…

Marbo Cave Trail Drive

I’ve written about the Marbo Cave in previous posts and on a dedicated page and just wanted to showcase the two new videos that I’ve uploaded about it. You can drive to the cave rather than leave your truck in the paved parking area to be broken into. Enjoy!

The next video shows a different fork under worse weather conditions:

Mazourka Canyon

Mazourka Canyon is a trail of moderate difficulty that lies to the east of CA-395 and offers astounding views of Owens Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains. A 4×4 truck with decent tires would be needed for this trip, specifically the rocky and steep sections in the northern and central portions. I started this trail from the northern end by taking Death Valley Road to Forest Road 9S13. The southern end of this route starts from Mazourka Canyon Road just outside of Independence. I spent approximately six hours on the forty miles of trails that I drove through though I wish that I had spent several days out here. There are so many side routes and hiking trails out here that it would take weeks to go through it all. I can’t wait to see this land again.

It takes a while to sort through and upload over 280 photos. Enjoy the rest of them on the full photo page!

West Side Road

West Side Road is a long, washboard road that runs parallel and to the west of Badwater Road. Any 2WD truck would make it through just fine and this amazing route offers access to numerous trails, hikes, and historical sites like the Eagle Borax Works. I started this road from the southern end just after squeezing my truck through Mengel Pass. There are a lot of alkali beds out here that anyone dumb enough to drive through will learn a painful lesson from. The land in Death Valley National Park offers such stunning beauty and these pictures are just a small part of what there is to see out here. Enjoy the rest of the photos on the full page here!