• San Bernardino Mountains

    Rattlesnake Canyon Road & Old Woman Springs Road

    Join us for Saturday, Sunday, or both as we essentially cross the entire San Bernardino Mountain range starting from the floor of the desert in Johnson Valley and ending up at Silverwood Lake on the western side. This event has something to offer drivers and rigs of all levels.

    This special SCORCH event is a chance to get away from the late-summer heat by climbing high into the sky around Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, and beyond. We'll start at Rattlesnake Canyon on Saturday morning and end up west of Lake Arrowhead by Sunday afternoon and maybe will continue on to Pilot Rock Trail.

    You will enjoy beautiful vistas, varying terrain, fresh air, a touch of history, and a chance for some off-road driving challenges all packed into one event.

    The Saturday meetup point will be at the intersection of Rattlesnake Canyon and Old Woman Springs Road (HWY 247). Typing "Rattlesnake Canyon and Old Woman Springs Road" into Google Maps or Waze will get you there. Here's a link --> https://goo.gl/maps/AANhn54nkrSaqkTJ9

    We'll have a limited number of SCORCH T-Shirts available for $30 cash or Venmo.

    CAN I HANDLE THIS? (UPDATED 7/30 AFTER SCOUT - ALSO SEE COMMENTS)
    Here's an Instagram clip from one of the rockier stretches... https://www.instagram.com/p/CR-EXNwpA0u

    Note that the dry season has left lots of dry overgrowth on the trails, so pin-striping is always a possibility but odds are it will just wash off.

    Newbies. Saturday will be a great newbie ride that covers a range of terrains while keeping the challenges easy for the most part, HOWEVER there will be several spots along Rattlesnake where runoff has exposed some rocks so you could end up scraping your belly. We are for sure advising Subarus and other low-clearance belly draggers to skip this one.

    Intermediates: You will be will be able to handle both days. Saturday will be pretty simple with a few challenges but and Sunday has many side challenges you can use to open it up.

    Hardcore: Saturday will be a cakewalk but nothing is stopping you from an evening run through John Bull or Holcombe Creek. Sunday will have some nice options for you to tear it up a bit.

    MORE INFO:

    Since we like to give lots of details about our rides and Meetup only gives us 4000 characters to do it, please visit the event page on our site for the full lowdown like camping info and what equipment to bring at https://www.scorch4x4.com/san-berardino-mountains-2021

    Some of you will recall we tried to pull this off in 2020 but raging fires closed all campsites days before the event. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

    Post any questions or discussion items here on meetup in the event chat.

    UPDATE: It looks like the main campsite is completely booked so consider an alternate site like Crab Flats or consider some trail-side camping (no fires allowed).

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  • Anza Borrega Desert State Park

    Mud Caves On S2 Turnoff

    It's time for a pair of firsts for SCORCH. It's our first ride of 2021 and our first time in Anza Borrego. After more than five years, we are finally getting down to holding an event at our most requested location.

    Join us for all or part of the weekend as we explore Southern California's Colorado Desert, a subdivision of the larger Sonoran Desert. Anza Borrego is the biggest state park in California and we are going to ride clear across it. Since we are not in any real rush, we're going to take two days to do it.

    We will romp over hills, down dry washes, and across the baked landscape to some beautiful vistas and a splash of adventure. Make it a day trip or camp under the stars all weekend. This family friendly and fairly low-challenge weekend is a great chance to get out into the wide-open and connect with fellow explorers.

    CAN I HANDLE THIS?
    Yes you can handle this. The thing about Anza Borrego is that everything is either pretty easy or really hard. It's a network of totally navigable washes and trails that are sometimes strewn with completely avoidable obstacles. The biggest enemy is soft sand in some of the washes, but you'll have a squad of fellow SCORCHers to yank you free if get beached.

    Those of you who have ridden with us before know that we like to throw in one challenge to help newbies learn about their rigs (and themselves). For this event that will be a spot called Diablo Drop. It's a short decent with a few options for lines that will have newer drivers hold onto the steering wheel just a little tighter. There is no workaround for this one, but there are a few different options of varying difficulty for getting down it . Built rigs will have no problem but we will hang out for a bit so the more adventurous among us can go up and down it for fun.

    All rides are lead by a mostly stock Nissan X-Terra Off Road Edition upgraded with better (but not bigger) tires, 2" body lift for tire articulation, rock rails, some armor, a skilled driver, and a new plastic front bumper to replace the old plastic bumper that fell off, but is now already starting to fall of again.

    MEETUP AND CAMPING INFO
    The meetup spot on Saturday will be located at[masked], [masked] which is a turnoff of paved S2 onto the dirt Vallecito Wash Trail. You can map yourself to this by starting to type "mud caves on S2 turnoff" into Waze or Google Maps and it will pop up.

    Our camping spot for Saturday night will be at or near[masked], [masked]. This is in Ocotillio Wells SVRA. This is a dispersed-camping location with no formal campsites, reservations, or services. If you have never done it before, it is an odd and liberating feeling all at once that will change how you think about camping. It's a stone's throw from a pair of vault toilets, but running water is up to you. Also be prepared to pack out your trash.

    It's 32 miles on road to a gas station and market plus several fast food options. We will organize on off-road drive there Saturday after the main ride for those who want to go. Camping is completely free and very rugged. If you plan on camping there on Friday night as well, be advised that it is about an hour long drive on road to the trailhead so make sure to get on the road by 8am Saturday morning.

    MORE INFO
    Full ride information can be found on the official event listing at https://www.scorch4x4.com/anza-boreego-offroad-2021

    DISCLAIMER
    The organizers of this meetup are not responsible for any damage done to your person or vehicle at this event, getting to this event, or after this event. We are a group of adults meeting up for an activity that takes a high degree of personal responsibility. All participants must do so at their own risk.

    If you act like an asshat, douche, idiot, jerk, or in any way behave or operate your vehicle in a manner that is a risk or annoyance to others or does not respect the trails and park, you will be asked to leave the ride and be possibly ejected from SCORCH.

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  • "5" - SCORCH 5th Anniversary at Ocotillo Wells SVRA

    Location visible to members

    Join us for all or part of the weekend as we romp all over Ocotillo Wells and the surrounding desert. We are celebrating our 5th anniversary with our signature mix of chill and challenge. Drivers and vehicles of all levels will enjoy this endless playground of options and exploration.

    We are leaning into the H in SCORCH (it's 'Hangouts') by centering this event around a base camp that will form on Friday night for dispersed camping and for staging excursions through the weekend. Stunning vistas, remote exploration, fun terrains, inspirational desert sunsets and sunrises await. This unique event is what you make of it.

    Our first event took place in 2015 in Gorman at Hungry Valley SVRA. Since then we have held 25 events and grown into one of Southern California's largest off-roading groups. In that time our events have earned a reputation for being fun, laid back, and welcoming to drivers and rigs of all levels. This one will be no different. It's free as always to come along and guests are welcome as well.

    This one is going down in Ocotillo Wells SVRA - 85,000 acres of magnificent desert open for off-highway exploration and recreation operated by California State Parks.​

    This is a dispersed-camping location with no formal campsites, reservations, or services. If you have never done it before, it is an odd and liberating feeling all at once that will change how you think about camping. We will have a central spot for a bonfire (if allowed) and pre/post ride gatherings.​

    It's a stone's throw from a pair of vault toilets and a trash bin, but running water is up to you. It's 10 minutes to an AM/PM gas station and market plus several fast food options, so you are not exactly on the far side of the moon either.

    Bring your camper or toy-hauler. We will be surrounded by dry river beds that are ideal for ATVs, dirt bikes, or SXSing. Winds are always a possibility so if you bring a tent, bring stakes.

    THE VERY SHORT SUMMARY
    Camping out Friday night with bonfire. Be ready at 9am Saturday for a day ride. Back to camp then a short sunset ride. Another bonfire. Maybe an ill advised night ride. Wakie Wakie. Break camp. Ready to roll at 8am Sunday out into the desert then keep going until you are home. Drop in any time.

    VERY IMPORTANT STUFF

    Basecamp is at[masked], [masked] (give or take 100 yards).

    RSVP here on meetup but all the details about this ride (seriously, read this first before posting a question) can be found at https://www.scorch4x4.com/scorch-5th-anniversary

    We have a limited supply of t-shirts. Get in line for them at https://forms.gle/hph7nWuXf5ZSXR3K7

    Our (cancelled) last event had 50 RSVPs and booked out an entire campsite (almost) before it burned down (not really). Now we are trying again in the wide open desert without limits. Let's make this our biggest event ever to celebrate our special milestone.

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  • San Bernardino Mountains - SCORCH 5th Anniversary

    Rattlesnake Canyon Road & Old Woman Springs Road

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  • Afternoon in the Southern Sequoias

    Dove Springs Entrance

    We get it. You have been cooped up to varied degrees since the middle of March. SCORCH has your back. You'll go from desert floor to alpine forest and back in the span of a few hours, encountering jaw dropping views along the way. You'll enjoy a leisurely BYO lunch in the woods overlooking a ridiculously peaceful meadow.

    The event starts at 8:30am from the entrance to Dove Springs OHV north of the town of Mojave on the 14 freeway, which you can find by searching "Dove Springs Entrance" on Google Maps or Waze. We advise arriving early. THE DRIVERS MEETING STARTS AT 8:30 sharp.

    We'll make our way west across the desert floor on dirt trails that run through Joshua trees, wildflowers and a spring. We'll reach the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and start making our way up. Our lunch stop will be at 6,300 feet in the southern tip of the Sequoia National Forest.

    ​Our way back down will take a different trail that offers a range of views and terrains. You will find yourself back on the 14 and on the way home by late afternoon.

    FAMILY FRIENDLY
    Hey Dads! If you were ever planning on dragging your family along for any of your off-roading adventures then this is the one. It takes place on the Saturday of Father's Day weekend so it will be hard for them to say no. The trails are not technical and the day is relatively short with lots of breaks. Kids are encouraged.

    NEWBIE FRIENDLY
    Most of the trails we will take during the day are well-maintained dirt roads. This will keep the challenges to a minimum and make this the perfect ride for beginners. Any 4X4 vehicle with a little clearance can handle this. There will be a few opportunities for built-up rigs to play on some side challenges. Having said that, trail conditions change all the time. It's part of the adventure.

    SOCIAL DISTANCING FRIENDLY
    Please keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and people from other vehicles at all times. If you cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow and away from others. Masks are not required but are encouraged. Please show respect for all attendees who elect to wear masks. If you are not feeling 100%, please stay home.

    STUFF TO KNOW AND BRING
    The event is free and all trails we are accessing are free.

    Get gas in the town of Mojave. Your only option if you pass these up will be $1.50/gallon more expensive. You absolutely can make it from Mojave through the entire meetup and back to Mojave on a single tank of gas.

    Pre-drive meeting starts at 8:30am sharp so plan on arriving early and leave time to air tires down to 15-20 psi when you arrive.

    We will pass vault toilets at the beginning and end only and they may be closed so bring whatever you need for "going in the wild."

    Lunch stop will be a full hour and we will be making frequent stops for photos, bathroom breaks, leg stretching, and just taking it all in.

    Bring food, water, camp chairs, air pump, and dual or tri-band radio (we suggest this 5w tri-band - https://amzn.to/3epBL9f - or this 8w dual-band - https://amzn.to/3d1mB9G ... WE ARE NO LONGER BROADCASTING ON CB.

    Bring a tow cable or winch and have tow points so we can pull you out of a ditch if needed. Check your spare tire too.

    You will also need an air pump to get air back in your tires when we are done. We recommend this one... https://amzn.to/2ooBNWE

    THE FINE PRINT
    The organizers of this meetup are not responsible for any damage done to your person or vehicle at this event, getting to this event, or after this event. We are a group of adults meeting up for an activity that takes a high degree of personal responsibility. All participants must do so at their own risk.

    If you act like an asshat, douche, idiot, jerk, or in any way behave or operate your vehicle in a manner that is a risk or annoyance to others or does not respect the applicable rules for the trail, you may be asked to leave the ride and be possibly ejected from SCORCH.

    MORE DETAILS
    https://www.scorch4x4.com/afternoon-in-the-sequoias

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  • Camp SCORCH 2020 at TDS Desert Safari

    Needs a location

    Have you ever been to the largest-and-longest running off-road event in Southern California? If you have then you are itching to go back. If not then you are not going to believe it unless you experience it.

    WHAT IS IT?
    ​It's the annual Desert Safari put on by Tierra Del Sol, an epic off-road club in San Diego. Thousands of off-roaders gather in the desert near an accidental sea to form a temporary community for three days of off road chicanery...then disperse like they were never there. SCORCH will be setting up a camp at the event from which we will lead excursions. Come for a day or camp all weekend.

    WHY DO IT?
    This is the 58th year that Tierra Del Sol is putting together this amazing experience. We were surprised to learn that most of our members not only have never been to one, but many have never even heard of it.

    So last year we decided to help make it easy to attend what could certainly be called an overwhelming event. We're added a little structure to the chaos by creating a community within a community. We are back for 2020 and you are invited

    WHERE IS IT?
    TDS Desert Safari is moving a few miles down the road right near the Salton Sea and requiring a paid pass to get into the vendor villiage ($5). This puts even more space between us and the insanity so we are likely keeping our same location as last year within the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area and only a short walk to one of the only pit toilets in the park. OUR EXACT LOCATION WILL BE POSTED HERE MIDDAY THURSDAY (FEB 27). Look for the ring of cones and maybe the Red Xterra.

    You can get a head start by mapping yourself to "Truckhaven 4X4 Training Area" on Google or Waze.

    I WANT TO COME!
    RSVP is essential. We need to know how many vehicles your are bringing, when you are coming, and for how long you will stay, so we can lock down the right amount of space for everyone all weekend long.

    TELL ME MORE
    Most of the event details are posted on our site at https://www.scorch4x4.com/camp-scorch-2020 and it is your responsibility to check that site for updates as the event approaches.

    DISCLAIMER
    The organizers of this meetup are not responsible for any damage done to your person or vehicle at this event, getting to this event, or after this event. We are a group of adults meeting up for an activity that takes a high degree of personal responsibility. All participants must do so at their own risk.

    OR WHAT?
    If you act like an asshat, douche, idiot, jerk, or in any way behave or operate your vehicle in a manner that is a risk or annoyance to others or does not respect the event and environment, you will be asked to leave the camp and be possibly ejected from SCORCH.

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  • SCORCHfest 2019: Death Valley Off Road

    Panamint Springs Resort

    SCORCHfest is three days of off-road exploration in Death Valley that hits an amazing lineup of destinations including ghost towns, slot canyons, rocky passes, stunning vistas, wild dunes, and of course the lowest place in North America.

    Make sure to visit the event page on our website with all of the details before RSVPing to see the entire plan, as this meetup may not be for everyone...

    https://www.scorch4x4.com/scorchfest-2019

    It is your responsibility to check back for updated details prior to this event. Feel free to come for just one or two of the days, but do not be late as our start times are essential.

    BASECAMP
    We will make basecamp at the camgrounds of Panamint Springs Resort. Our exact rallying spot at the start of each day will be in the dirt area between the restaurant and gas station on the south side of the highway right across from the camp grounds. That's[masked], [masked],184 if you want to be precise. See you there at 3pm on Friday for a meet/greet then 4pm rollout, and 730am on Saturday for an 8am start, and Sunday at 7:00am for 7:30am rollout.

    DISCLAIMER
    The organizers of this meetup are not responsible for any damage done to your person or vehicle at this event, getting to this event, or after this event. We are a group of adults meeting up for an activity that takes a high degree of personal responsibility. All participants must do so at their own risk.

    If you act like an asshat, douche, idiot, jerk, or in any way behave or operate your vehicle in a manner that is a risk or annoyance to others, you will be asked to leave the ride and be possibly ejected from SCORCH.

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  • Hungry Valley Summer Send Off Ride

    Needs a location

    We are holding a one day ride in Southern California to say goodbye to summer.​

    This will be a family-friendly ride that will be suitable for drivers of off-road trucks and SUVs of all levels plus offers great challenges for skilled drivers and built-up rigs.

    It's the perfect day to explore the world of 4x4ing, build your skills, or scratch that off-roading itch one last time before summer comes to a close.

    LOCATION:
    Located in the Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles and along the Interstate 5 corridor, Hungry Valley offers 19,000 acres and more than 130 miles of scenic trails off-roading recreation.

    The wide variety of trails at Hungry Valley provide excitement for both beginner and experienced off-roaders.

    The meetup point will be at the 4X4 practice track in the park located at[masked], [masked] or enter "4x4 practice area Gorman" into Google/Waze, though consider saving time by coming into the park through the south entrance via the Smokey Bear Road exit on the I-5 (see below).

    ​THE RUNDOWN
    We'll gather at the meetup point at 8am then get rolling at 8:30am sharp.

    We will spend the first part of the day in the west side of the park, which is a mix of fixed trails and open areas. We'll make an easy run out to Condor Mesa then move through Sterling Canyon Trail. We will then take Rattler Trail south with a stop along the way for an optional challenge that will get the heart pounding a bit.

    Then we will head into Freeman Canyon on the east side of the park so we can ride the narrow, windy, and fun Vics Cat Trail followed by a leisurely run along Powerline road to get to Pronghorn Trail.

    Pronghorn, and our ride, ends at Gatekeeper. This is the hardest feature of the park and offers a short white-knuckle descent. Those not wanting to take on this challenge will have an opportunity to exit the park before we hit it via Quail Canyon road.

    We will stop for a lunch break along the way, plus take a few smaller stops, and are aiming to be done by 5pm.

    You can access maps of the park in general and an exact map of our ride at the event page on our website at https://www.scorch4x4.com/summer-sendoff-2019

    GETTING THERE
    Most mapping programs will have you drive north up the 5 to the Gorman exit (202) that takes you into the park through the north kiosk. You will save a lot of time by instead exiting Smokey Bear Road (exit 195) a few exits earlier on the 5 north, making a left under the freeway, then a left onto Pyramid Lake Road and an IMMEDIATE RIGHT onto Hungry Valley Road. This takes you to the oft-forgotten south kiosk which is significantly closer to the practice area. It's $5 to enter the park but don't be surprised if the kiosk is closed and you can roll in for free.

    If you come in through the south kiosk as we recommend, make sure to stop in Castaic (exits 176A and 176B) for gas as that will be your last chance since you will not be hitting the gas stations around the north entrance.

    BRING
    Water
    Food
    Good shoes for loose dirt
    Radio (We recommend this one --> https://amzn.to/2N09N9W
    Air Pump (We recommend this one --> https://amzn.to/2ooBNWE
    Camp Chair (Get one here ---> https://amzn.to/2T2H5EU
    Cash - $5 for the entrance fee
    Spare Tire
    Tow cable

    THE RULES
    ​The organizers of this meetup are not responsible for any damage done to your person or vehicle at this event, getting to this event, or after this event. We are a group of adults meeting up for an activity that takes a high degree of personal responsibility. All participants must do so at their own risk.

    If you act like an asshat, douche, idiot, jerk, or in any way behave or operate your vehicle in a manner that is a risk or annoyance to others or does not respect the park, you will be asked to leave the ride and be possibly ejected from SCORCH.

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  • Camp SCORCH at Tierra Del Sol's Desert Safari

    Needs a location

    Have you ever been to the largest-and-longest running off-road event in Southern California? If you have then you are itching to go back. If not then you are not going to believe it unless you experience it.

    WHAT IS IT?
    ​It's the annual Desert Safari put on by Tierra Del Sol, an epic off-road club in San Diego. Thousands of off-roaders gather in the desert near an accidental sea to form a temporary community for three days of off road chicanery...then disperse like they were never there. SCORCH will be setting up a camp at the event from which we will lead excursions. Come for a day or camp all weekend.

    WHY DO IT?
    This is the 57th year that Tierra Del Sol is putting together this amazing experience. We were surprised to learn that most of our members not only have never been to one, but many had never even heard of it.

    So we decided to help make it easy to attend what could certainly be called an overwhelming event. We're adding a little structure to the chaos by inviting you into a community within a community.

    WHERE IS IT?
    The event takes place within the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area right near the Salton Sea. OUR EXACT LOCATION is[masked], [masked]. Walking distance from one of the only pit toilets in the park. Look for the ring of cones and maybe the Red Xterra.

    https://maps.google.com?q=33.2527774,-116.0130866&hl=en-US&gl=us

    You can get a head start by mapping yourself to "Truckhaven 4X4 Training Area" on Google or Waze.

    I WANT TO COME!
    RSVP is essential. We need to know how many vehicles your are bringing, when you are coming, and for how long you will stay, so we can lock down the right amount of space for everyone all weekend long.

    TELL ME MORE
    Most of the event details are posted on our site at https://www.scorch4x4.com/camp-scorch-2019 and it is your responsibility to check that site for updates as the event approaches.

    DISCLAIMER
    The organizers of this meetup are not responsible for any damage done to your person or vehicle at this event, getting to this event, or after this event. We are a group of adults meeting up for an activity that takes a high degree of personal responsibility. All participants must do so at their own risk.

    OR WHAT?
    If you act like an asshat, douche, idiot, jerk, or in any way behave or operate your vehicle in a manner that is a risk or annoyance to others or does not respect the event and environment, you will be asked to leave the camp and be possibly ejected from SCORCH.

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  • SCORCHfest 2018: Death Valley

    Panamint Springs Resort

    SCORCHfest is three days of off-road exploration in Death Valley. We'll start with an afternoon ride on Friday that stretches past sunset. Saturday will be the main ride followed by another evening excursion, then a Sunday visit to some of the park's must-see tourist stops.

    Make sure to visit the event page on our website with all of the details before RSVPing, as this meetup may not be for everyone...

    https://www.scorch4x4.com/scorchfest2018

    It is your responsibility to check back for updated details prior to this event.

    SCOUTS WANTED!!!! (UPDATED)
    Our exact meeting spot at the start of each day will be in the dirt area between the restaurant and gas station on the south side of the highway right across from the camp grounds. That's[masked], [masked],184 if you want to be precise. See you there at 1pm on Friday for a meet/greet then 2pm rollout, and 730am on Saturday and Sunday for an 8am rollout.

    DISCLAIMER
    The organizers of this meetup are not responsible for any damage done to your person or vehicle at this event, getting to this event, or after this event. We are a group of adults meeting up for an activity that takes a high degree of personal responsibility. All participants must do so at their own risk.

    If you act like an asshat, douche, idiot, jerk, or in any way behave or operate your vehicle in a manner that is a risk or annoyance to others, you will be asked to leave the ride and be possibly ejected from SCORCH.

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