California 4×4 Trails

Achy-Breaky

Achy-Breaky is a very difficult, trail which circumnavigates Watkins Peak.  The trail requires a well built 4x4 and a GPS to even stay on the…
Looking down on the Alabama Hills and Owens Valley from Whitney Portal

Alabama Hills

Located near Lone Pine, CA the Alabama Hills are an awesome spot to visit and explore in Inyo County.  Large boulder formations erupt from the…
Aurora, NV Photograph by James L Rathbun

Aurora Nevada

Aurora, Nevada is a ghost town in Mineral County near the California border. Aurora is often mentioned as a footnote to larger better preserved town…
The Standard Mill, Bodie, CA. Photograph by James L Rathbun

Bodie and Aurora rivalry continues to this day

Two towns located in the hills above Mono Lake maintain, the Bodie and Aurora rivalry continues even now, long past their demise.  Bodie, CA and…
Cerro Gordo overlooking the then full Owens Lake.

Cerro Gordo Californa

Located in the Inyo Mountains on the eastern side of Owens Valley, Cerro Gordo California is a currently a ghost town after almost 100 years…
Crowells Mill under construction in Chloride City, CA about 1915

Chloride City California

Chloride City California is located within Death Valley National Park and Inyo County, California. The town arose out of silver discoveries in nearby Chloride Cliff…
Bear Bear Lake, California

Clarks Grade – 1N54

A steep and scenic descent from the top of Skyline drive and Snow Summit down to Angeles Oaks.  This road is steep enough, that low…
Cleghorn located outside of Big Bear, CA

Cleghorn Ridge

Cleghorn located outside of Big Bear, CA Cleghorn Ridge is a 4x4 trail which leads from the I-15 at the Cleghorn exit to Silverlake State…
Dishpan Springs, Big Bear, CA

Dish Pan Springs – 3N34

Also known as the Deep Creek Trail, Dish Pan Springs offers a short but hardcore trail in Big Bear. Dishpan springs trail contains large boulders…
William Lewis Manly (April 6, 1820 – February 5, 1903)

Fish Canyon Escape Trail

William Lewis Manly (April 6, 1820 – February 5, 1903) The Fish Canyon Escape Trail is a route discovered by William Manly as an escape…
Bear Bear Lake, California

Gold Mountain 3N69

The Gold Mountain 3N69 Trail can be found in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake. The favored direction of travel is from…

Goler Wash and Mengel Pass

Goler Wash and Mengel Pass over a route into Butte Valley from Panamint Valley. Although not technically in Death Valley, this trail is consider part…

Henry Wade Escape Route

The Henry Wade Escape Route is an easy 4x4 trail suitable for almost any vehicle and connects highway 127 to Badwater Road. The route is…
Bear Bear Lake, California

Holcomb Valley Road – 3N14

Holcomb Valley Road, is a main artery in the road system above and behind Big Bear and with Holcomb Valley. This Route offers access to…
Bear Bear Lake, California

Jacoby Canyon

Jacoby Canyon Trail can be found in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake. The favored direction of travel is from North to…
Bear Bear Lake, California

John Bull Trail – 3N61

The John Bull Trail has the solid reputation as one of the toughest and most challenging trails in the Big Bear mountains of San Bernardino County.…
These mine cart rails are a little small to pull the amount of gold claimed to be here.

Kokoweef Mine

The Kokoweef Mine and in fact all of the trails and mines located in the Ivanpah / Mountain Pass area represent exactly why I started…
Lippencott Mine Road from Racetrack Valley, Death Valley National Park, CA

Lippincott Mine Road

The Lippincott Mine Road is a one way road from Death Valley's Racetrack Playa to Saline Valley. It is a steep trail which is not…
The cabin found at the Lost Burrow Mine is in good shape.

Lost Burro Mine

Founded in 1907 when Bert Shively picked up a rock to throw at some stray burros and discovered gold, the Lost burro Mine is a…
A horizontal shaft in the Ivanpah Mountains.

Morning Star Mine

Located in the Ivanpah Mountains, the Morning Star Mine is a gold / silver mine located near to California / Nevada border near Mountain Pass.…
Government Holes in the central section of the Old Mojave Road.

Old Mojave Road

The Old Mojave Road (Government Road) is an east-west route that enters the Mojave National Preserve off the highway 95 in Nevada, and Afton Canyon…
The Racing stones.

Racetrack Valley

TeaKettle Junction lets you know you are starting to get close to the Racetrack. Racetrack valley is a rough graded road which departs the Ubehebe…
Skidoo, CA 1907

Skidoo California

Skidoo California was famous in the first decade of the 20th century when gold had been found in Inyo County and the town established in…
Bear Bear Lake, California

Skyline Drive – 2N10

This little adventure is a vehicle off road safari through one of the most beautiful parts of our mountains. You don't need a four wheel…
Bear Bear Lake, California

Snow Slide Trail – 2N13

Snow Slide Trail (2N13) connects Green Valley Lake to Fawnskin, CA. The Green Valley Lake trail head is located by the campground, while the Fawnskin…
Bear Bear Lake, California

Sugarpine Mountain

Sugarpine Mountain trail is moderately difficult and starts at the edge of San Bernardino and finishes is the Silverlake State Park.  The trail is designated…
Titus Canyon, a narrow canyon drive in Death Valley National Park, CA

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon has it all, rugged mountains, colorful rock formations, a small ghost town, mines, petroglyphs, wildlife, rare plants and spectacular canyon narrows as a…
Ubehebe Mine with tramway visible at the top of the hill, Death Valley, CA

Ubehebe Lead Mine

The Ubehebe Lead Mine is located just west of the Racetrack Playa Road off of the Bonnie Claire Road.  Discovered in 1906, the mine is…
Looking down at the Lippencott Mine Road from the Lippencott Mine, with Saline Valley in the distance.

Warm Springs Road

A short side trip from the Saline Valley Road to a Hot Springs in Death Valley. Looking down at the Lippencott Mine Road from the…

White Mountain Road

Locathed in Inyo County, the White Mountain Road is a high altitude road that travels north from Highway 168 out of Big Pine and into…
White Top Mountain Road view from the Lost Burrow Mine Road, Death Valley, CA

White Top Mountain

A hilly and mountainous road connecting the Hidden Valley road to the White Top Mountain mining area. White Top Mountain Road view from the Lost…
Bear Bear Lake, California

Willow Creek Road – 3N34

Willow Creek road is an easy gentle ride which runs from Hooks Creek Road to Highway 173. Willow creek can get rather full after heavy…