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Miller Jeep Trail

Miller Jeep Trail is located off Interstate 5 about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles. It is quite short -- only three miles, but to get there you first have to take the much longer Lockwood Mountain Trail, which winds over several mountain ridges taking you from the Lockwood Valley to Lockwood Flat. Then the Miller Trail takes you straight up the side of Alamo Mountain. Harry Lewellyn in his trail guide advises not to take this trail unless you enjoy body damage. Naturally, that simply increases interest among off-road enthusiasts. So just how tough could it be? I took my first trip in 1999 in a stock Isuzu Trooper, but I was only able to make it half way up Miller. This latest trip was origanized and led by Tom Severin, of Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc (www.4x4training.com). Driving a Rubicon made the trip a lot easer. But it was also great to have an experienced coach to guide me through the tough spots. After driving Miller you feel that you can go just about anywhere.
Start of trail
Start of trail
Initial ascent
Initial ascent
Lion struggling to the top
Lion struggling to the top
A smooth section
A smooth section
Yucca blossoms
Yucca blossoms
Lockwood Valley
Lockwood Valley
Kabob Hill
Kabob Hill
Tom taking Kabob
Tom taking Kabob
Lion's turn
Lion's turn
Again, a bit closer
Again, a bit closer
It's not all bad
It's not all bad
Starting a long descent
Starting a long descent
Lockwood Flat
Lockwood Flat
The Squeeze
The Squeeze
Squeeze?  What squeeze?
Squeeze? What squeeze?
Crossing Piru Creek
Crossing Piru Creek
Lunch at Sunset Camp
Lunch at Sunset Camp
Piru Creek
Piru Creek
Downloading memories
Downloading memories
Start of Miller Trail
Start of Miller Trail
Zen garden
Zen garden
Rocks Rocks Rocks
Rocks Rocks Rocks
And more rocks
And more rocks
I think I can, I think I can.
I think I can, I think I can.
Approaching final challenge
Approaching final challenge
Almost straight up!
Almost straight up!
At the top  looking back
At the top looking back
End of trail
End of trail
Piru Creek again
Piru Creek again
Miller Trail 2
:: Miller Trail 2 ::
Miller Trail after the Fire
:: Miller Trail after the Fire ::