Only the No Roads No Masters crew could turn a simple photo shoot into a harrowing excursion. We left West LA Sunday afternoon in hopes of finding a patch of dirt for some nice pictures with our brand new T-Shirts. We ended up finding an amazing little trail with some good obstacles, less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of downtown LA.
The trail starts at Rowher Flats OHV area and dips into Angeles National Forest taking you through a scenic valley and up to the high ridgeline for some amazing views. Please note that most of the trails in here are single tracks and smaller roads for dirt bikes and ATVs.
We followed the jeep trail along the valley floor for few miles before turning dramatically upward, The trail climbs steeply until you reach a large water tank, a great place to stop and admire the view.
After that the trail follows the ridgeline for a few miles, with option to take on obstacles or go around. We played around with the rig, and even had to turn on the lockers for a small section.
Please note that the trail ratings in this area are not joking around. Feeling ambitious, we turned down a Black Diamond trail, which was quite steep but manageable, until we came to a serious obstacle. The trail turned more the 90 degrees to the left , straight down hill with massive ruts in the road, and creating ledges well over 30” high that would have required us to have a lift or large tires, or risk some serious scrapes. We simply didn’t have the height or the safety net of a second truck for an obstacle like that, so we put the 4Runner in crawl control and reversed up the extremely steep slope. Gotta love crawl control to get you out of tight spot with ease!
Once back to the main trail, we descended down toward Boquet Reservoir, where the dirt again meets up with paved highway. In total we spent about 3 hours on dirt, with plenty of time to stop and explore. We highly recommend this quick day trip if you're around Los Angeles!
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