Originally Posted by krans
Hey Tacoma world I've been a long time reader not much of a poster but I'm starting to build my truck so it's more capable for going off roading and super excited. I know I know it's a prerunner but I wanna see what it's capable of doing.
My question is where is there a trail I can visit for my very first time off road in the Orange County area? of course I'll be with other people to guide me along but would like to know how to and where to head out for a beginner.
Or if some TW members wanna head out for a quick run I'll be interested.
I just want to enjoy my Tacoma out where a FWD car wouldn't be able to..
Welcome to the SoCal TW section!
I live about 10 minutes from some of the best trails in the county, and I rarely put my truck on 4x4, let alone need it. Most of the trails up in the Santa Ana Mountains are fire roads, made to be driven on by service vehicles and 2WD trucks.
For starters, I'd check out Holy Jim Canyon. It's a relatively short trail (3-4 miles), but it's on dirt and I've seen all kinds of SUV's on it, even some normal cars. It's mostly flat, with the exception of a few rain gutters you drive over, but it's a fun trail to start with. Once your comfortable with that (you may already be), I'd check out Maple Springs Rd in Silverado Canyon. It is the only trail from this side of the mountains that will actually give you access to all the other trails in the area, not to mention you can drive all the way to Santiago Peak (5600ft) for an unmatched view of SoCal. Lots of places to explore up there, and I'm confident a Prerunner can make it.
We just had a meet and trail run up there a few months ago, and there were plenty of Prerunners with us who had no difficulties whatsoever. That's not to say you shouldn't be prepared, because there are always risks involved with being somewhere with little to no access to tools/tow services. Cell phone reception is relatively good up there though, and there's usually enough traffic up there to flag somebody down for help if needed.