Join us for a Saturday, Sunday, or both as we cross almost 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 SCORCH event is a chance to get away from it all by climbing high into the sky around Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, and beyond. 

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.




This event was originally planned for September 2020 but was cancelled last minute due to raging wildfires, dangerous air quality, and rapidly closed campsites.

So we are really forward to making this happen for you. 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. RSVPs will be handled on our page and there is never a fee to join our group..


Newbies.  Saturday will be a great newbie ride that covers a range of terrains while keeping the challenges easy.  Sunday will have more to offer advanced drivers but is a little TBD at the moment since we will need to re-scout the trail after winter but we expect no problem finding a great newbie route.


Intermediates: You will be will be able to handle both days.  Saturday will be pretty simple and Sunday has many side challenges you 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.

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 plastic front bumper that is falling off.

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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.

The Sunday meetup point will be near MacKay Park on the eastern side of Lake Arrowhead.  Check back for a specific location closer to the event.

Saturday's ride will end near Hanna Flat Campground in the middle of San Bernardino National Forest.  Those wanting to spend the night should book ASAP once dates are announced. Sites will go quickly.  There are other sites in the area like Crab Flats Campground. There are also a few options around Lake Arrowhead where we will start on Sunday that are also in high demand.


Do not wait until the last minute to set one up.





The pre-ride meeting starts at 9am then we get rolling.  Arrive early to air-down your tires and get prepped.  We will head through a Joshua Tree forest and straight up Rattlesnake Canyon.  Once we get into the mountains we will visit a meadow then swing around the eastern edge of Big Bear into the thick of the forest.  We'll circle up for lunch near an old mining era cabin then work our way to the campground for the rest of the afternoon.  Day-trippers will be led to pavement. A small local trail scout may take place for those sticking around to camp. 


The pre-ride meeting takes place at the meetup point at 9am.  Overnighters need to on the road by 8am to cover the distance on pavement, and by 630am if they want to split the trip between dirt and pavement. Once we are all together we will roll through trails around Lake Arrowhead then make our way to the Eastern end of Pilot Rock Truck Trail.  We  will run west down the whole trail, which is a fun drive for beginners with lots of optional offshoots that offer challenges of every level.   The trail, and our weekend, ends at Lake Silverwood with beautiful views as we approach.


  • We will cover 60-80 non technical miles on Saturday and 40-45 miles on Sunday that are a mix of levels with workarounds for beginners.

  • All routes between the Saturday campsite to the Sunday meetup will pass a 24 hour gas station.

  • Big Bear average temperature in September is a high of 74 and a low of 42 degrees.

  • Appropriate social distancing will be expected and respected.


This is an off-road drive off the grid from the desert, up a mountain, through a forest, and along a ridge. Get your vehicle inspected and pack it accordingly. Please use the specific links below for any purchases as we earn a small commission from Amazon to support our group. (All links open in new window)


  • Lots of water - It's dry in the desert and can be dry at 7,000 feet.

  • Food - Like any road trip, snacks are key.  Pack for a nice long lunch too.  No fires at our lunch stop but bring along your camp stove if you are looking to cook.

  • Radio - The lead rig will be broadcasting a mix of important and objectively useless information throughout the ride. We are no longer supporting CB.  Read here about selecting and programming a radio for all SCORCH rides. 

  • Air Pump - We recommend this off road air compressor to quickly air SUV and truck tires up and down for better trail performance. Do not show up with a cigarette lighter-powered pump for passenger cars.

  • Tow Gear - Bring a tow cable like this one or winch and have tow points to connect them to so we can pull you out of a ditch if needed. 

  • Spare Tire - Duh!

  • Camp Chairs - Bring a decent portable chair like this (or this one) for the lunch stop.

  • Garbage bags - This is Leave No Trace event so be prepared to pack out all trash

  • Sunblock - We start in the desert on Saturday and there also will not be much shade for the latter part of Sunday.


  • Tools - Any tools you can bring along that might help get your rig or another driver's rig patched up in the wild would be greatly appreciated.



It only took us 5 years but we finally decided have t-shirts made.  We took the extra step and went for upgraded ringspun cotton that is super soft and breathable so you are comfy when hitting the trails in the heat.  These crew neck tees are available in red or black. Sizes are Men's M, L, or XL.

$25 if you pre-order to pick up at an event. $30 if you just show up and hope we have one (we probably will not).  $35 if you want one shipped to you.

Order by August 24 for pickup at this event.

Contact about reserving yours.


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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