Backcountry Adventures: Southern California Guide Book

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )
Backcountry Adventures Southern California  by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson

640pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 1930193041

Backcountry Adventures Southern California provides 2,970 miles of routes that travel through the beautiful mountain regions of Big Sur, across the arid Mojave Desert, and straight into the heart of the aptly named Death Valley. Trail history comes alive through the accounts of Spanish missionaries; eager prospectors looking to cash in during California’s gold rush; and legends of lost mines. Contains 153 trails, 640 pages, and 645 photos. The award-winning Adventures Series provides all the information you need to guide you along Southern California's most remote backcountry roads and 4WD trails.

© 2006 Peter Massey and Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 153.
... Preview: This short, moderate trail can be combined with Sperry Wash Route to provide an alternate exit to Furnace Creek Road that maintains a high difficulty rating. The trail leaves alongside the mill site a ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Shoshone, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 6.4
... Preview: This very short trail travels to the base of the towering, black cinder cone of Amboy Crater. The first 0.7 miles of the trail can be tackled by a carefully driven passenger vehicle, but it is rough a ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Kelso, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 1.7
... Preview: Arroyo Salado cuts a deep swath into the hills of the barren, friable Borrego Badlands that comprise much of the center section of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The trail is a very pretty one, runni ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Ocotillo Wells, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 14.1
... Preview: The state park service and various guidebooks about the region list this trail as being one-way-only because of the steep, challenging Diablo Drop Off located near Fish Creek. Although it does not loo ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Ocotillo, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 8.2
... Preview: This trail leaves the long Sierra Madre Road nearly two-thirds of the way along its route. The graded road immediately starts winding down some gentle switchbacks, passing Bates Peak, to drop into Bat ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Santa Maria, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 11.9
... Preview: This ridge top trail is conveniently located within day-trip distance of San Diego. It offers fantastic views of the Cottonwood Valley to the east and Bear Valley to the west. The trail leaves less th ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Ocotillo, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 8.2
... Preview: This trail can be used as an alternative entry/exit point to the long Santa Clara Divide Road, which runs along the ridge tops of the San Gabriel Mountains. Taking this trail as an alternative to the ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Palmdale, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 9.2
... Preview: This easy trail takes a high-clearance vehicle from California 74 near Hemet along a spectacular shelf road to Pine Cove, passing through a variety of vegetation zones. The trail commences by running ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Hemet, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 15.5
... Preview: Berdoo Canyon Trail travels down the sandy, winding Berdoo Canyon through the Little San Bernardino Mountains, connecting South Coast #40: Joshua Tree National Park Geology Tour to Dillon Road. The tr ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Indio, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 14.9
... Preview: Big Caliente and Little Caliente Springs are natural hot springs, located a short distance apart in beautiful natural settings. The springs, which are suitable for bathing, are reached by a long and w ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Santa Barbara, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 28.9
... Preview: This long, easy-going trail follows a winding route through San Bernardino National Forest from Green Valley to Big Bear City. Along the way it passes through a variety of forest scenery and the histo ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Big Bear City, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 26.6
... Preview: This short, roughly graded road forms the backbone for a network of trails within this region. However, the trail is attractive in its own right, running along a roughly graded dirt road from Californ ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Santa Maria, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: Bird Spring Pass Trail travels between the Dove Springs OHV Area and the Kelso Valley. Along the way, it traverses some spectacular high desert country. The well-formed sandy trail leaves California 1 ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
California City, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 20.8
... Preview: Black Canyon Road has a number of interesting features spread along its length. It can be combined with Starbright Trail to create a full day’s excursion from Barstow. The graded dirt Indian Spring Ro ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Barstow, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 35.4
... Preview: The Black Metal Mine is reached via a vehicle corridor through the Old Woman Mountains Wilderness. The trail is fairly short, and its only difficulty comes from the deep, loose sand in Browns Wash. Th ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Vidal Junction, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 7.1
... Preview: Black Mountain Road really has something for everyone. Drivers of passenger vehicles will enjoy the easy graded dirt and paved road to the top of Black Mountain. Experienced drivers in high-clearance ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Yuma, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 15.5
... Preview: The Blythe intaglios are excellent examples of ancient desert art. This short trail leaves US 95 north of Blythe and passes alongside the figures. The trail is fenced on either side within the intagli ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Blythe, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: The Blythe-Vidal Old Road follows a sandy path along the western and southern edge of the Riverside Mountains, starting and finishing on US 95. The trail is easy to follow. Once you find the unmarked ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Vidal Junction, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 22.2
... Preview: The Bradshaw Trail closely follows William Bradshaw’s historic route that connected the rich mines at La Paz, Arizona, to San Bernardino, California. It also served as a trade route to and from the Co ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Palo Verde, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 79.4
... Preview: This trail offers a moderately difficult loop from Big Rocks Trail. Initially the trail is formed, passing through the forest service camping area at Buck Spring. This large open area has no marked si ... From the guidebook "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California"
Santa Maria, CA - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 7.3