separatorOff Road Trip Reports & Trail Descriptions

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Some places to get off the beaten track:

I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California. I used to own an 1974 FJ-55 Toyota Landcruiser and only had a few chances take it wheeling before I had to sell it. After buying my 4Runner (in Dec. 1996), I vowed not to let this happen again. I began to collect information on how and where to get off of the pavement with it. I've organized the list by state, then by governing agency, then roughly in a north to south and west to east ordering.

SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Reading these web pages has been known to cause various disturbances, including itchy feet, unplanned vacations, wanderlust, and costly modifications to sport utility vehicles, ATV's, and other modes of conveyances that are designed for off-road use. These pages have been directly attributed to the recent rash of 4-wheel-drive vehicle sales increases. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Here's some details on various trail rating systems:


* Indicates places I've visited so far.

If you have any information on places I've not listed, please let me know.


Trail Difficulty Ratings:

There are a few different trail rating system in use. You need to be careful to know what scale a given trail is rated on. A "4" on a 1-4 scale is a whole lot tougher than a "4" on a 1-10 scale. Here's some rating systems I've run across:

The 1-4 system:

The 1-10 system:

The Jeep Jamboree version:

Then there is the infamousYosemite Decimal System for those *really* hard core trails :-)


Information Sources:

Finding information on legal places to get off the beaten track is difficult. I've found the information available from the following sources:


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