|Image courtesy of 4x4TrailMaps because the "environmentalists" closed|
this favorite trail of mine before I could visit with my own Jeep.
There are two offroad books that cover this trail, and they are great companions to keep in your Jeep. The first is the older version of Charles A. Wells' Guide to Northern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails; the current version of the book unfortunately does not include the Deer Valley Trail due to its current closure. The second book is Roger Mitchell's High Sierra SUV Trails Volume I - The East Side. This book is not just a trail guide, but also gives valuable historical information that really enriches every trail experience.
The Deer Valley 4x4 Trail is an undeveloped route that connects California's Highway 4 and Highway 88. Although it is not as difficult a trail as the Rubicon, it is beyond the capabilities of an unmodified 4x4. 31-inch tires should be considered the minimum. While this route can easily be completed in a day, the beautiful and secluded campsites in the middle of the trail are very tempting; I carry with me some wonderful memories from nights camped on this trail. Be mindful that you'll be camped amongst the bears and coyotes, so food must be stored in a bear proof container, preferably suspended high off the ground and far out on a tree branch.