Modjeska Peak



21 miles, 3,725’ elevation gain, ❤ hour duration, rated Easy

Date: 8-3-21

Modjeska Peak via Maple Springs OHV Trail was the destination of choice for my son Alec and I. Modjeska Peak, which makes up part of the saddle in Saddle Back, starts out at Maple Springs with old black top which winds through a fairly green and lush area and steadily climbs. Later it turns into a fairly rough dirt road and near the peak it gets rocky. There are big drop offs once you get up aways and it is just one lane. Lucky for us when we did meet a few vehicles we were near a spot that we could squeeze by. We just back down a ways.

My 17 year old son is stoked on OFF-ROADING, and although my main reason to get the Toyota 4 Runner TRD Pro was basically to be able to access trailheads for hiking and backpacking that I would otherwise miss out on. But especially with Alec researching 4 Wheeling, and Overlanding and being really excited about this new endeavor I have to say as a stand alone activity it is growing on me. Having this beautiful rig and then the thought of scratching it and knocking it around is something that I have to get used to. I was told by a Jeep owner that until you get your first scratch you don’t really own it yet. I suppose it is a right of passage. Of course there is the fact that one bad move and you could be far worse off than a “pinstripe” down the side.

Up on top we enjoyed super views of Orange County and in the other direction the panoramic mountains toward the Inland Empire.

Watch Alec and I in action on the PBTA YouTube Channel.
Alec enjoying the view for the top “King of the Mountain”. It was his last hurrah before heading back to school.
Just getting our tires dirty for the first time on our own.
Go from the weekday grind, to weekend gravel.

Thanks for joining my son Alec and I as we found ourselves ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ OFF-ROAD and getting all four wheels full of dirt as we climbed our new 4 Runner TRD Pro up to Modjeska Peak for the First Time on our own. Super fun Father/Son time together. For more super fun, as we explore this new 4×4 world, stayed tuned by these simple tasks: LIKE, COMMENT, FOLLOW and SHARE. If you like hiking and backpacking and other outdoor adventures in nature than checkout the menu above each location is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. You need a trucker hat such as the one in my video… gotcha covered, literally, just go to SHOP APPAREL for top quality adventure wear. We all need to get a little Balance into our lives and throwing up a trail of dust, traipsing along a washboard, rock strewn road might be just the things to put things back in order and cut loose after a long week at the office.

Happy Trails-

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

First Time OFF-Road



Activity: OFF-ROAD

Date: 4-6-21

My 17 year old son, Alec, was excited to join me for our FIRST TIME OFF-ROAD in our new rig, Toyota 4 Runner TRD PRO. I purchased the vehicle so as to have better access to my Hiking and Backpacking Adventures. My Audi, although I really loved my Fine Touring European Luxury Automobile, did not fit my lifestyle and I felt awful the time or two that I took it on rough dirt roads to get to a trailhead. Also there were areas such as Saddle Back, parts of Death Valley, and Anza Borrego that were on my To Do List, but were off limits due to the need for a 4×4. But no more will my journey be detoured by potholes.

My new friend Brad Barber, an Off-Road aficionado, and my Toyota of Huntington Beach Sales Professional, (Geez perhaps I should get some sort of kickback for this advertisement?), took us out to show us the ropes. Brad and his girl friend Ashlie were rock’n in a cool Ford Raptor.

We arrived at our destination of rolling desert hills with the blue waters of Lake Mathews in the background. The area is in the Cajalco Valley with the Temescal Mountains in the background.

Now when Brad said that he was going to take us on an “Easy” indoctrination into the world of 4 Wheeling I pictured a fairly flat dirt road with potholes, maybe a couple or rocks. Well, this was nothing like that. Right off the bat we tackled a hill that was creased with ruts such that Brad needed to get out and guide us to ensure that we did not fall into a crevice or hit a rock. Brad had walkie talkies and when it was really bad he got out and sighted the obstacle and talked us through it by the driver side window.

In the video you will see Ashlie working her way up a tricky spot in the Raptor with his expert guidance. Then later you will see Brad powering up a very steep hill. Pictures and video never make either sailing or in this case 4 Wheeling up hills look as gnarly as it actually is. We watched him kicking dust up as he made it to the top. He then called over the handheld that it was my turn with a laugh, my reply was, “No Way! I am not going up that!” So he came back down and we diverted to another hill nearby. Of course being a novice Off-Roader I am sure that our eyes were wide open and my knuckles white from not knowing what to expect. All I know is I was seeing nothing but sky going up and could never quite tell if I was still on the road when going around a curve. Checkout the look on my face in one of the shots in the video and you can tell that I was seeing way more of the road heading down then I was expecting.

We were having a ball and enjoying this new adventure. We stopped on the top and got out and chatted about the experience for about a half and hour before heading back down. Brad hopped in and we headed over this rise and down the hill. Soon we were hysterically laughing as we came to the realized that Brad pulled a fast one on us. This was that really steep hill that we did not want to be on up or down.

Thanks go out to Brad and his girlfriend Ashlie for showing us such a great time and making our first time a great experience. My son, Alec, had such fun that ever since that outing he has been researching Off-Roading and Overlanding. There is a very good chance that our rig will be more than just a trailhead delivery vehicle.

The 4 Runner went from showroom detailed to covered inside and out with dust, silt, and dirt. When I showed up at the Yacht Club for racing in Marina Del Rey that afternoon the guard at the gate said that he had never seen a vehicle so dirty. He went on to say it looks like you just came from the desert.

My Mom looked at the pictures and said that it looked like I aged my SUV ten years in one day, and why in the world would I do that?! Well… it is sorta the whole idea?

Brad is airing down, preparing to be ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ Off-Road.
Just a tad dusty…
The End
The Fun begins where the pavement ends!

Thanks for joining Alec, Brad, Ashlie and I as we were ‘Pursing Balance Through Adventure’ at Lake Mathews for our First Time Off-Road. Stay tuned for more adventures. It is all about trying to get that balance in life. One side of the teeter totter is sitting in LA traffic in a Sig Alert the other side is Off-Roading up a steep hill with dust and dirt flying everywhere with a huge smile from ear to ear. Please LIKE, FOLLOW, COMMENT, SHARE and FOLLOW. Checkout the menu above for other adventures and the many locales that PBTA travels to. Each is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. Go to SHOP APPAREL for all your adventure wear needs.

Take the road less traveled

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Launching Off-Road Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

This is Roger Jenkins, of ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’. If you have been following my many blogs, which I categorized mostly by location, then I invite you to checkout the newest addition with a bit of a twist: OFF-ROADING! If you are finding ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ for the first time then WELCOME!

The idea of ‘Pursing Balance Through Adventure’ is to go out and seek profound experiences in Nature and thus offset some of the craziness of our hurry up, pay the bills, dead-line filled, get the kids to ballet, hockey, football, sleep-over, homework, chores and so forth and so on, just all of the things that are necessary in this world and have to be done, but… You still need something to balance that out. I prescribe rather than kick’n it in front to the TV, and playing video games go out and get some exercise, breath some fresh air, fill your senses with nature’s abundance, stop and smell the wildflowers, listen to the owl hoot, feel the mountain breeze on your cheek, just go out and experience life… LIVE!

Much of the experiences that I log and share are Hiking, and Backpacking, but there are many ways to experience nature SUP, Surfing, Sailing, Canoeing, Skin Diving, Kayaking, Skiing/Snowboarding, Spelunking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Waterskiing/Wakeboarding and on and on.

This new website takes a bit of a twist. The whole idea of replacing my car with a 4×4 Rig was to reach trailheads that I could not get to otherwise. I took my poor, beautiful Audi rattling, and bouncing along a dirt road filled with potholes and rocks on my way to the Lava Tubes in the Mohave National Preserve realizing this really is not a good idea, and that this was no place for a fine Touring European Luxury Automobile. So finally I have a vehicle that more closely matches my lifestyle.

The idea, as I said, was to get to access trailheads that require a 4×4 to get there. But I will say that upon my First Experience OFF-ROADING my 17 year old son got the fever of going Off-Road and now that he is enthused he has been doing a lot of research on the subject. So there is a good chance that me made more than just a trailhead delivery vehicle. We had a great time together and I have the details in an upcoming blog. In the mean time Welcome to ‘PURSUING BALANCE THROUGH ADVENTURE OFF-ROAD!

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.“ – Babs Hoffman

Taking the road less traveled,

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ on the Road Less Traveled.

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