A Guide to Los Angeles Off Roading

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Azusa Canyon

This is the largest mud pit in Southern California. People flock from miles around to enjoy this. Don’t expect AAA to give you a tow from here. Azusa Canyon offers up to 150 acres of diverse off-road opportunities. Water crossings, rocks, dirt roads and sand hills are some of the seasonally challenging experiences you will find. The assortment of physical terrain is unmatched anywhere in this area. Here you can truly enjoy the results of your California OHV funds at work. This is a must visit.

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110 N Wabash Ave, Glendora, CA 91741, United States

Johnson Valley OHV

Johnson Valley is composed of a wiede open area where there are few organized trails and even fewer rules and regulations. The main features are rolling hills and a dry lake bed. Watch out for the desert tortoises as they are endangered. Also there is no shade anywhere and plenty of rocks kick up.

34580 Lockwood Valley Road, Frazier Park, CA 93225, United States


Beartrap Canyon

For those who like to join trails, the Beartrap Canyon Trail is a great place to access the Santa Clara Divide Road. If you prefer dirt roads to paved ones, then you can take this route instead of the eastern sections of the Santa Clara Divide Road. It travels along the ridge tops of the San Gabriel Mountains and takes you to the north into Aliso Canyon. The Beartrap Canyon Trail moves away from the ridge tops 5.6 miles from the eastern end of Santa Clara Divide Road and starts descending. Campers can drive down to access the small Big Buck USFS Campground. This is not a very large site but a relatively small camping area with not many facilities. The trail continues downwards to the ridge between Gleason and Beartrap Canyons offering some very good views in the process. Mid way down this trail you find a short spur trail leading you to a narrow ridge. This route ends with an excellent viewing point and is used primarily to give access to power lines. The end of the trail is in the Aliso Canyon and access to the shorter route is restricted. You have to move along the power lines for a while and then join in the paved road at the forest boundary.

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Rowher Flats OHV Area

The Rowher Flat OHV Area contains 47 miles of marked trails within 10,000 acres and a designated Open Area. Some trails are impassable due to poor conditions. Trails Require intermediate to advanced riding skills. It is recommended that novices stay on the flat areas. Rowher Flat is open to motorcycles, ATV’s and 4-wheel drive vehicles. No stopping, unloading or OHV riding is permitted on the Rush Canyon access road. Restrooms are available. Spark arresters, mufflers (4WD’s) and a valid registration are required for all vehicles.

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Hungry Valley SVRA

A mix of varying degree of trails on this 130 mile area for whatever best fits your off roading needs. This includes including sand washes and steep hill climbs for use MX, ATV, dune buggy and 4WD vehicles. Ride your way through either the sand or work your way up to the mountains. All off-road vehicles used in the park must be equipped with a spark arrestor and must have either a current highway registration or current off-highway vehicle green or red sticker. Camp grounds have shaded areas, restrooms, bbq pit.

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46001 Orwin Way, Gorman, CA 93243, United States


Burns and Rattlesnake Canyon

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Initially starting in Yucca Valley’s high desert followed by going through two canyons then through a pine forest. Even 2WD’s with a fair amount of clearance should do well. The beauty is that there is access to a wide network of trails branching off so there are plenty of options to explore. The trail is wide enough to really open up and maximize the speed without worry.

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