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Capo Valley 4 Wheelers
Capo Valley 4 Wheelers

Miller Jeep Trail

October 5th 2019

Description

Best Time: Spring or Fall, Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails.

Water crossings, alpine forests, with some burn areas. (Bring lopers and hedge shears?)

We will meet at the Flying J Truck Stop in Frazier Park.  Gas up and be prepared to leave at 0900.

There are hotels at Frazier Park if anyone wants to drive up the night before.

Tow vehicles can be left at the Flying J, but some back-tracking will be required to get there from the end of the run.

This has been a day trip in the past, but I plan to spend Saturday night at Dutchman Campsite. It's an easy drive back through Hungry Valley SVRA, in case anyone prefers to head back home on Saturday

On Sunday, we have the option to drive/hike to Sewart Mountain, or roam around in the SVRA playground.

To get there from the Los Angeles or Bakersfield area take I5 north/south to Frazier Park, Frazier Park Rd west to Lake of the Woods and turn south (left) on the Lockwood Valley road. Stop at the Mount Pinos Ranger District office at Chuchupate (about 1 mile) and get the latest inf. on the trail, a map & a fire permit. Proceed on Lockwood Valley Rd to the turnoff for Lockwood Creek Trail staging area (about 4.5 miles from the ranger station).

The trails available are Lockwood Creek (trail #127), Yellow jacket Creel (trail # 128) and the Miller Jeep trail (trail # 129). If you complete the route from the staging area through Lockwood Creek up the Miller Jeep trail you will arrive at the top of Alamo Mountain (Dutchman Campsite). Turn left and proceed around the top to the road that goes down to Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation area. Interstate 5 and Goreman are at the other side of the SVRA.

Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 2+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Rear Axle Locker
  • Roll Cage

Run Recommendations

  • Front Axle Locker
  • Gas Cans
  • Camping Supplies

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 3

Difficulty Level: 3

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage

Location

Rendezvous @ Flying J. Frazier Park Mountain Road and I5

Frazier Park Flying J truckstop off I-5, at 9 AM .  This is last gas

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