Monday, July 9, 2012

Burnt Mill Road Trail

I should start off by saying this is not a trail guide and I would not suggest you follow my routes. This is posted only to share with you what we did, it is not meant to be followed. Before going on your own off road adventure do your own research.

With that said, my husband and I like to explore our local mountains which make up the San Bernardino National Forest. There are several lakes in these mountains which make it a nice summer destination for desert folk like us. The largest lake is Big Bear Lake, followed by Silverwood Lake, Lake Arrowhead, and Lake Gregory. On a side note, Kevin and I are hopping to save our pennies next year so we can buy a pontoon boat to take to our local lakes. That would be so much fun! :)

While the lakes are fun-and the towns surrounding them-we like to go off the beaten path. I'm not really into rough terrain and 'testing the limits of our Jeep' as my husband is. However, I do like heading off the paved roads and finding little secluded spots or hidden streams. It always feels like an adventure.

In Hesperia, CA, head south on Arrowhead Lake Rd., until you reach 173. Head west on 173. Continue west until you reach the 138 then take that south. You will notice Silverwood Lake to your left and will wrap around to the back side of the lake. There is a nice sized turn out where you can park your car, walk for a bit, take in the crisp air, and take some pictures.

Once the 138 turns south and you start winding your way up the mountain (roughly 1/2 a mile) you will find a trail. In the winter it is closed but in the summer you can take your off road vehicle-we took a Jeep Wrangler-down this trail. It is not too bumpy and you really don't need any special driving skills to manuver this well maintained trail. 

Just getting started on the trail, these beautiful yellow flowers line the dusty road.

Why do we love this trail so much? About half way down the trail, there is a little secluded corned of the trail where the trees overhang shielding the sun, and a small waterfall trickling over rocks makes it's way down, crossing over the trail at one point. The sound of the running water is very therapeutic and relaxing. Kevin and I refer to this as 'our' spot.

This is where the water crosses over the trail. We have seen it almost impassible so be careful. This is my husband Kevin and our 2 year old Atticus.

We named these rocks The Butt rocks. Appropriate, no?
Our Jeep.

This is the little pond at the bottom of the waterfall.

The butterflies were en masse, it was quit a sight. 
Overall, all this trip cost us was a few bottles of water, some crackers, and gas in our Jeep. I feel like seeing the 'back roads' of our land will teach Atticus of its value; to keep it clean and take care of it. Knowing that our local mountains have these little gems makes me proud to be a part of this community. Living in the High Desert is not always pleasant (and I'm not referring to the climate) but having the ability to explore makes it a whole lot better!

Do you like going off-roading? What hidden areas have you explored where you live?

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