SOCAL Mountain Explorer

April 27 – 28, 2024

Two day motorcycle adventure around the mountains of San Diego, Riverside and Imperial  counties

About the ride

We travel around the mountains and ride some great pavement with options for hard pack dirt.  This ride will be mostly pavement with a few options for dirt for those of you that want some dust on your wheels. 

This 2 day discovery ride explores the Santa Ana Coastal Mountain, the Laguna Mountains and the San Jacinto Mountains. The ride includes parts of the Cleveland National Forest and San Jacinto National Forest and Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

The ride starts above Lake Elsinore and ends in Temecula.   This is a full 2 day ride and riders will be spending the night in a motel on Mount Laguna. The main routes are all paved and include many options for dirt roads. There will be some harder options also.  Riders will need to pack and carry all their gear needed for the weekend. Riders should be prepared for possible cold weather.

Riders will need to make their own hotel accommodations for Saturday evening.  

Here is the info necessary and our motel recommendations:

Reservation: Saturday April 27 for one night

Laguna Mountain Lodge & Store,  10678 Sunrise Hwy #146, Mt Laguna, CA 91948   +1 619-473-8533

Signup info:

The cost to join this 2 day ride is $200.  This covers your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.

Now taking signups:   (Ride limit is 24 riders)

$200 Ride signup

After your signup riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.

Ride Details

 I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy! 

Ride Description SOCAL Mountain Explorer 24

View the ride maps below

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride.  At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool.  If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail.  I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


The Blue lines are MAIN Backcountry Routes mostly Paved with some dirt

The Red lines are Hard Alternate Routes mostly dirt

The Green lines are easy Paved Routes

Black lines are out and backs to gas and motels

How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own.  You are responsible for your own riding.  You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit.  People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together.  You are not encouraged to ride alone.  You are responsible for your own riding and yourself. 

 (see my ride Navigation Video)


Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help?  You should be in the more likely to offer help camp.  This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help.  Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden.  I take the best from all my rides and make new ones. 

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)


Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple,  great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.

But in addition: the ride is about  discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.



Who is going on the ride:

Yoda gpsKevin

Escondido, CA

Joe B

Arcadia, CA

Craig M

Camarillo, CA

Tino C

Garden Grove, CA

Gary C

Brea, CA

Dave B

Santa Monica, CA

Robert P

Los Angeles, CA