Our last minute lunch with fellow Jeeper Stacey the day before lead to an amazing day of wheeling in Southern California. We met up with Stacey in the morning. Our first stop was Pioneertown. A cool little stop before we hit the trails.
In 1946, Pioneertown was founded by a group of Hollywood investors, including actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. They dreamed of creating an Old West set 125 miles east of Los Angeles that was actually a town worth visiting.
The 1880s-style false-front facades with interiors that had stuff for visitors to see and do too. Up went frontier stables, saloons, and jails; inside, they housed ice cream parlors, bowling alleys, and motels.
It wasn’t a place just for tourists to enjoy though; more than 50 films and television shows were filmed here in the 1940s and ‘50s. After our stroll thru the cool little town it was off to the trails.
The first trail was 2N02 where we also met fellow Jeeper and YouTuber Mike - JeepZentoks. We all had such a great time Stacey and Mike met us for our most recent adventure the LTWK Mohave Road Fan Ride. (more on this trip soon!)
Southern California Wheeling 2N02 Trail
A great 20 mile moderate trail that connects the Yucca Valley to Big Bear with stunning views of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Jersey loved hanging her head out the window getting fresh air and checking out those desert smells.
We came out of the trail near Big Bear Lake and make a last minute decision to try the Gold Mountain Trail again. I wanted that Jeep Badge of Honor.
Stacey and Mike had never wheeled the trail, but did an amazing job on those rocky obstacles for the first time in their manual Jeeps with no lockers! Neil was an excellent spotter helping Stacey and Mike maneuver their Jeeps through the rocks.
The second time up Gold Mountain I didn't freak out like the first time. I actually did pretty good. Plus, the views on Gold Mountain were spectacular.
By the time we drove off the mountain it was dinnertime so we stopped in Big Bear for some dinner, then it was time to say good-bye to Stacey and Mike (for now). It was a great day of wheeling and we met two really great peeps who will forever be in our lives!
We ended up heading back to the West Coast to get another vendor interview. We were excited to meet Paul from Nexen. Neil and I were testing out the Roadian MTX tires. They were doing an amazing job for me.