In 1964, the Tierra del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego began hosting their annual Desert Safari event in the Truckhaven area. At Desert Safari 2006, 1551 participating vehicles were registered with an estimated overall attendance of over 16,000 people. Because of complications with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2007 the Safari had to be moved to the Ocotillo Wells SVRA. For more information checkout the link: http://www.tds4x4.org

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2N17X is co-sponsored by the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers and the So-Cal Hummer Club. 2N17X is located at Silverwood Lake and is rated most difficult! Starting from Cedar Springs Dam off the hwy 173 the trail forks off to the left from 2N33 then meets back up with 2N33 before Pilot Rock and loops back down to the lake. Rain erosion has made this trail very difficult especially on the four-way hill climb, which is best left to those with lockers, but provides a bypass to the right side of this hill.

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HDR began in 1974 when a group of clubs met in the high desert and decided to donate the funds they gathered from the games, raffles, and trail rides to support the CA4WDC. All the collected moneys aided the CA4WDC in efforts to keep the trails of California open to the users and not just to the viewers. HDR is now held every Memorial Day weekend in May at the Stoddard Valley OHV Area just outside of Barstow. Trails such as Achy Breaky, Blue Moon, Devil's Loop and El Diablo, Empire Strikes Back, and Pumpkin Eater are the reason for all the four wheelers. The Hi Desert Round-Up is part of a series of association fund-raising events, which include the Sierra Trek, Panamint Valley Days, Operation Desert Fun, Winter Fun Festival, and Molina Ghost Run. Trail bosses hold drivers meetings to let everyone know what CB channel to use and what they can expect by way of obstacles and an approximate time of return. A different club will usually host each trail run and provide experienced trail hands for lead, center, and rear positions. The Ruff Rock Cafe can also be found on location serving up breakfast and dinner throughout the weekend. The raffle always draws a big crowd hoping to win such prizes as Winch's, Tire sets, Body Armor, Lockers, etc, donated by sponsors and clubs. For more information checkout the link: http://cal4wheel.com/hi-desert-round-up

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High Desert 4 Wheelers on the scene ready to rock & roll for a full weekend of awesome wheeling. PVD Trail runs range in difficulty from easy to extreme depending on what you sign up for. We had a good size group including some friends of HD4W and no break downs, although plenty of other people did have breakage. We enjoyed great food from Chef Andy's Ruff Rock Café serving up breakfast and dinner all weekend from a big tent kitchen. Some of us guys convinced the woman to go by telling them they wouldn’t have to do any cooking! Saturday night the café served up a huge deep pit BBQ with all the fixings and during the raffle there was Strawberry Shortcake and Panamint Pineapple Upside Down Cake. These are a few of the pictures from our South Park/Pleasant Valley run led by Ray Leuschner during Panamint Valley Days 2006, take a look at our photo albums link to see even more pictures from this event.

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The famous Lockwood / Miller Jeep Trails are located in the Gorman Los Padres National Forest. You'll find it to be a very challenging mix of deserts, mountains, valleys, water crossings, and rocks. Recently the area was closed due to a devastating fire, but now has been re-opened. The trail itself is unchanged by the fires, but some of the incredible views are no longer so beautiful. We've had no major vehicle damage and regardless of what many say you can take a stock vehicle through the area, although not recommended due to clearance issues on the rocky sections. Try this trail during the spring & summer months & you'll see why we love it so much! It's often closed or impassable during the winter due to snow. You can contact Hungry Valley SVRA at 805-248-6447 or email us for more info.

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Last Chance Canyon is one of our favorite local runs. Located North of Lancaster just off Hwy 14. Although there are some spots that will challenge a well prepared rig, there are bypasses as well. It's a beautiful canyon and if you have a real thirst for knowledge and history it opens the door to a whole area full of exploring. Nearby you will find such areas as Barnett Opal Mine, Steam Well, Burro Schmidt's Tunnel, Red Rock, and Jawbone Canyon. Jawbone Station is the staging area for Moose Anderson Days every April. You can contact the BLM office in Ridgecrest at 760-375-7125 or email us for more info.

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Pictures from Big Bear, Jacoby Canyon Trail, another beautiful trail which connects up with the Gold Mountain trail.

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This is a new trail recently marked off by the Rough Wheelers 4x4 Club who have nicknamed it Fearless Folly. It begins at the wide junction of trails about 6.3 miles in on Mountain View Road. Most intersections are currently marked with a strip of blue flagging tape tied to a branch. The trail is marked such that if you keep the blue tape to the drivers side at each intersection, you will follow the trail as it was designed. From the starting point, follow the track northeast about 1/2 mile to the locked back gate. Turn right, following the fence another 1/2 mile to FF004. The track to the right is a most challenging run up a gulch, while the track to the left is an easier path. Both tracks rejoin at FF005, where you continue up the hill to admire the views from the Crows Nest.

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Drinkwater Canyon off the lower section of San Francisquito Canyon Rd. just past the water pumping station. Here you can experience a little of everything from minor rock crawling, traversing ruts, hill climbing and hill descents, you will learn valuable lessons regarding tire pressure, hill climbing, negotiating obstacles and of course hill descents without braking. The trail takes you high on beautiful ridges with incredible views over looking the Santa Clarita Valley.

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These are a few pictures from the Goler Wash Run in Death Valley National Park near Ballarat. During this scenic run we also stopped at Charlie Manson's old hideout known as Barker Ranch.

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