Originally Posted by eatpasta
The wife got some groupon deal in idyllwild this weekend and we are taking the GS. Are there any good sight seeing fire roads up there? I've been looking around and there are certainly lots of dirt roads up there but I dont really fancy taking the GS into some gnarly stuff with the wife on the back.... she's not into it....
Rouse Hill Rd over to Bautista Canyon Rd off the 74 towards Hemet.
Bautista Canyon is a wide open, flat, well graded dirt road.
Here's an easy loop without Rouse Hill Rd. http://goo.gl/maps/QwYPx
You can check it out and explore side roads from there.
Bee Canyon Truck Trail, the back way to Idyllwild from the 74 by Hemet, is a bit steeper but nothing gnarly. There is a whole network of forest roads out that way...
Alternately, the 243 down the hill towards Banning is a great road ride.
Hard to go too far wrong in that area.
Edit: The Google street view camera car turned around on Bautista Canyon right where it turns into dirt