This week I’m testing a brand new Ford F-150 pickup for an upcoming San Diego Union-Tribune column and the plan is to head up to Silverado Canyon in Orange County, then for some dirt-roading in this big 4×4.

It’s not the first time I’ve been in this section of the Cleveland National Forest. Back in 2006, I had a hybrid Mercury Mariner on test for my San Diego Union-Tribune column and took it up to the mountains between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore, heading south toward western Temecula.

A Mercury Mariner? A hybrid on dirt roads?

Yes, I did it, and it was a great experience. Check out Clean Climbing.

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