Corral Canyon OHV

March 23rd 2013


Day trip to Corral Canyon OHV to explore new loops off Gunslinger. Information about the area can be found at:

For a map of the area click on Corral Canyon OHV map in the upper right of the web page.

Tierra Del Sol has cut four loops off of Gunslinger which we will explore. Gunslinger is rated Moderate. I am not sure what the loops are rated but I believe they will be difficult. The surface is a combination of loose dirt and rock so lockers are recommended. YOU MUST HAVE TOW HOOKS.  The last time we were here we pulled someone's bumper off trying to help them through the trail.  I plan on trying all four loops and getting up to Bronco peak for a late lunch then we can do Sidewinder before heading home.

For those that want to make a weekend out of it (I will not) there are two very nice camp grounds in the park. Corral Canyon has 20 sites and potable water. Bobcat Meadows has 20 sites and does not have water but I think it is quieter. Both camp grounds are within a couple miles of Four Corners. There are a number of motorcycle and hiking trails to explore.

Tow vehicles can be left at the Four Corners parking lot but you will need an Adventure pass. An Adventure pass is also required if you camp. You can get an Adventure pass at any Ranger station, Big 5, Sports Authority or Sport Chalet store. A day pass is $5.  The annual pass is $30 and good in all National Forests.

I will have a passenger seat available if anyone wants to ride alone. 

There is a lot to do before lunch so I would like everyone ready to head out to the trailhead by 0900.  We will air down at the Four Corners parking area.

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

  • 33+ Sized Tire
  • 3+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Roll Cage

Run Recommendations

  • Front Axle Locker
  • Rear Axle Locker

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


Rendezvous @ Trailhead/Campsite

5S to 805S to 8E

Gas up in El Cajon, Alpine or Pine Valley.  There is a Circle K that is easy to access at the Tavern Rd. exit in Alpine.

Continue on 8E to exit 51 Buckman Springs Road

Right on Buckman Springs Road

3.3 miles to right on Morena Stokes Valley Rd

about 6 miles to Four Corners parking area

approximately 2 hours from San Clemente


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