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New to NorCal and to off roading.

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by ReformedFordOwner, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. Sep 10, 2017 at 12:42 AM
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    ReformedFordOwner

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    Hey everyone. My wife and I moved here from St. Petersburg, FL. 3 months ago. Looks like it was a very good idea right now due to Irma. Anyways, I have a 17 Taco 4x4 Sport. It's bone stock. I took it on some clay trails in FL. once. They were fairly ruff and she did very well considering it has shit stock sport tires and I'm not experienced. I wanted to do more but that was the closest off-road park and it was hours away and was ugly as hell. Nothing to see there. Just trails in a dull FL. forest. I am looking to do some beginner stuff here. Any suggestions? Not really interested in "group" rides. My wife and I want to explore together and overland/camp. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Sep 10, 2017 at 1:12 AM
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    Thesandaddict

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    Bunch of great trails inland. Dunno where you are exactly but when i was in Grass Valley there were miles of trails up there
     
  3. Sep 10, 2017 at 3:02 AM
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    Anderson

    Anderson Move along, nothing to see here...

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    The overlandbound website has a ton of shared info/maps for getting out there. Good luck and welcome to the better coast.
     
  4. Sep 10, 2017 at 7:25 AM
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    physicshammer

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    I would recommend this book:

    https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Califo...1505053322&sr=8-2&keywords=california+offroad

    This one I don't have but might also be very good:

    https://www.amazon.com/California-D...1505053322&sr=8-1&keywords=california+offroad

    It's a little bit of a drive to get to these places - but what I do next is, at least with the first book, type in the GPS coordinates for the trailhead that I want to go to , and then start following the directions. You should be able to do any green trail in the book with ease, and blue trails might be a bit of a stretch on a stock Tacoma - but not too much.. There would be some chance of small damage - little pinstriping or little dings, etc.

    I also downloaded Gaia GPS tracking for my phone and iPad, and then I download a map (Gaia topo maps or USPS forest service) that shows the roads you'll be on. I verify those roads on the downloaded map before going. Gaia can take a little while to learn but it's a good program.
     
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  5. Sep 10, 2017 at 9:52 AM
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    tan4x4

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    There are lots of easy dirt/gravel roads in any national forest, that a Honda Accord would have no trouble with.

    If you want a more challenging experience, try any road that is labeled ''4wd" or "Jeep". Many of those are suitable for a stock rig (except for the real tough trails like Rubicon, Fordyce, Barrett Lake, Deer Valley, etc).
     
  6. Sep 10, 2017 at 7:56 PM
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    I got my taco in March and still haven't taken it off road, new to this truck stuff too.
    Gone camping but that's it nothing off road. Still love the truck tho.
     
  7. Sep 10, 2017 at 9:55 PM
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    Both suitable for stock 4x4 with stock tires
     
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  8. Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM
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    Welcome to the west coast. :thumbsup:
    Not sure where you are located in Norcal so kind of hard to point you to locations. if your in the bay you could go to Hollister hills. Or head to the sierra's for trails up in that area, Poker flat is moderate and has a decent place to camp.

    The books physicshammer mentioned is nice you can use the books to explore.
     
  9. Nov 9, 2017 at 6:44 PM
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    Uphillshunter

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    Welcome to Cali... many of us, that are long term residents, will be thinking "Why the hell would you move to this crap State?"

    But you're here, so might as well make the best of it :thumbsup:

    What part of CA are you (re)located in? Location might help narrow down places where we suggest you check out.
     
  10. Nov 10, 2017 at 8:56 AM
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    Anderson Move along, nothing to see here...

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    Speak for yourself...

    Welcome to the greatest state in the union my friend. I love visiting the state of Hawaii. But, glad I live here. We have everything from desert terry rain to rainforests. Mountains to beaches. Explore and have a great time while you are here.
     
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    I've lived in 9 states and driven cross country 4x and rode a bicycle mostly across once. I've been to every state except Alaska, South Dakota and Nebraska. I believe CA is one of the best states in the country.

    This^
     
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    Apparently some of the natives don't have much of a sense of humor. :crapstorm:
     
  13. Nov 10, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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    Lol...that is true.
     
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  14. Nov 10, 2017 at 10:22 AM
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    Anderson Move along, nothing to see here...

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    I can vouch for that...
     
  15. Nov 10, 2017 at 1:10 PM
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    scocar Treat the cause, not the symptom

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    Hey you idiots, the OP is asking about trails in California. Please knock it off.
     
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    Staaaaaaahhhhppp!

    Politics don't belong here.
     
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    scocar Treat the cause, not the symptom

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    Those are both great guides. I have them both.
     
  18. Nov 10, 2017 at 1:12 PM
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  19. Nov 10, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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    Anderson Move along, nothing to see here...

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    We have The Rubicon Trail( recognized worldwide and immortalized in the Jeep Wangler namesake).

    There is The Dusy Ershime trail, Slickrock, Forbidden Lake, Fordyce... man, so many awesome places to get away to!
     
  20. Nov 10, 2017 at 1:21 PM
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    scocar Treat the cause, not the symptom

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    Rubicon? Really?
     
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