Ouch, that’s Thanksgiving weekend and we have plans. I love the local mtn’s and you will too if you avoid the crowds and find the trails.
My favorite area is North side of the lakes Silverwood/ Arrowhead/ Big Bear. This is where you will find single track and internet popular 4x4 trails like the “John Bull / arctic Cyn” The view across the high desert is stunning from 6k’
AVOID Bowen Ranch it has been a problem for years
If you get tired of trees and trails ride east to pioneer town and Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde has been doing solo’s at Pappy’s and to really make a day of it push even further East into Joshua Tree.
Hopefully you can get a trail map from the Ranger station but they are often out so here are some buzzwords to research
Holcomb, van duesen, metate, pinnacles, pilot rock, John Bull, Redonda Ridge, 3n14, deep creek, dishpan, white mtn (miles of horrible sharp rocks) Wright mine, Lucky Baldwin, Bessemer mine, Wilbur’s grave,
Have fun exploring and be careful, on holiday weekends the trails are busy.