I took a day trip earlier today that I have wanted to take for some years now. I started out in Apple Valley and ended my trip in Big Bear, all on dirt roads.
Behind Big Bear exists a vast network of dirt roads that wind through the mountains and valleys. The road we took starts out in the high desert and finishes in the alpine forests. I saw a lot of beatiful back country and awesome meadows, and I was very impressed by how quickly the scenery changed. Each valley was vastly different than the next. Some had lush meadows while others were barren desert. Another valley was completely burnt. I am assuming the burnt valley was the result of the fires that happened in 2007.
Below is the first video. This is a side road that we took near the beginning of the trail. I learned of this place when I was in High School and haven’t been there in years. It has a waterfall and lush meadows. What makes it interesting is that everything else around this area is harsh High Desert terrain.
I will be releasing the rest of the video in a three or four part series over the next week.