Last Chance Canyon

Last Chance Canyon is a canyon in the El Paso Mountains near Johannesburg, California. The canyon runs from Saltdale in the south to Black Mountain in the north; part of it lies within Red Rock Canyon State Park. The canyon includes a variety of archaeological sites, including pictographs, villages, rock shelters, mills, and quarries. Historic sites such as gold mining camps are also located in the canyon. The canyon is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and is open for recreational use. Hiking, camping, and 4-wheel drive vehicles are permitted in most parts of the canyon. The canyon was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 5, 1972.

Truckhaven Hills

Three miles west of Salton City California is the 4×4 Training Area called Truckhaven Hills. I wouldn’t describe Truckhaven as either a park or a trail, but instead as a play ground. The obstacles for your vehicle to climb over tend to be man made from things such as logs, giant tires, concrete, and boulders. Having just spent an hour watching video’s on YouTube really say that the place looks amazing, and check out this video at the grand opening 2011. Something I haven’t really seen any where else is the labeling of the obstacles like Ski Hills explaining the difficult of crawling over it. Anyway, the next time in the area around 29 palms, I’ll be sure to stop by Truckhaven Hills. Truckhaven Park Map

Rubicon Trail

Of all the trails in the world, The Rubicon Trail is the one and only trail to top them all. Located in the Sierra Nevada, the Rubicon Trail is located directly due west of Lake Tahoe crossing rivers, lakes, and granite in the El Dorado. So popular is this place, auto manufacturers regularly use this trail as the gauge to test their new vehicles on. The trail technically begins in Wentworth Springs, but the typical 4×4 enthusiast is looking to start the trail at Loon Lake. The first obstacle encountered is Walker Hill which is a climb up a rocky section to a notch that is either straddled or side-hilled. After which the trail continues on to the Soup Bowl, a series of ledges that are difficult to climb in short wheel base vehicles and/or low ground clearance. The most difficult section of the The Rubicon Trail is The Little Sluice. In 2012 the Little Sluice was in sense destroyed because it was so difficult that most, if not nearly all, bypassed the obstacle. The reason for doing this was because so had to bypass this part of the trail and in doing so drove onto private property. Even with the damage done to the Little Sluice it is still difficult to pass. Once pass the the Little Sluice, the trail continues on to Buck Island Lake, The Big Sluice, and finally into Rubicon Springs where events like Jeep Jamboree, Toyota Land Cruiser Association’s Rubithon, and Marlin Crawler Round-Up take […]