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post #1 of 9 Old 04-30-2013, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Easy fire road in LA area?

Any recommendations on easy fire roads in the LA area? I have mostly just taken my DL650 on pavement but would like to try out some dirt. No dirt experience, so I would want to start with something simple.

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-30-2013, 02:28 PM
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Looking at my map of the Angels national forest I have there are dirt/gravel roads crisscrossing all over that place.
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Any roads in the ANF will be up probably be in the high country Maybe there is a side road up Bouquet Canyon. Del Sur/Coarse Gold rd. I've seen the signs but not taken it. With fire season approaching your choices will be limited.
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Thanks for the tips!
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Any recommendations on easy fire roads in the LA area? I have mostly just taken my DL650 on pavement but would like to try out some dirt. No dirt experience, so I would want to start with something simple.

Thanks in advance!
Might be a bit outta the way for you, but if you're ever in San Diego check out Nate Harrison Grade road. I stumbled on this one the other day and it was one of the best rides I've ever been on. I'm new to even hard pack and it wasn't that hard for me. It's not me in the video, but here's a couple samples:

nate harrison grade,palomar mt pt 3 - YouTube

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Not sure if its still accessible, but the Santa Clara Divide is a nice easy trail. Its located about 20min from the San Fernando Valley.

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Santa Clara divide hasn't been open in a long time. I drove the 4 runner back in several miles a few years ago. Nice drive. I go that way often because Little T and Sand canyon are fun. The barricade always seem to be in place. Basically The Forest Service doesn't want anyone in the back country or off the main roads. Heaven forbid you enjoy the natural resources.
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Santa Clara divide hasn't been open in a long time.
Its been about 4 years since I've been up there, its a shame they closed it down. It was closed years ago due to fires in the area, so maybe it will open again in the near future.

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-13-2013, 09:23 AM
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Big Bear. Go to the Big Bear Discovery Center and ask for the San Bernardino National Forest Visitors Guide (free). There is a map on page 15 called "Mountaintop Adventures" off pavement roads start within 2 miles from the Discovery Center. I did a 50 mile ride through the Holcomb Valley / Gold Fever Trail areas about a month ago. Awesome. I went during the week and camped 1 night at one of several campsites along these fire roads. There are lots of more technical trails off these roads if you feel more confident. With an early start it can easily be done in a day. Nice ride to and from Big Bear also (twisties).
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