Who says we don’t have seasons in Southern California? Take a trip on a historic unpaved road between Mesa Grande and Ramona in the newest online exclusive Weekend Driver column.

Black Canyon Road is one of my favorites, leading north from Ramona to Mesa Grande through a rugged canyon. It was Drive 7 in Weekend Driver San Diego; for this month’s cruise, I took it the other direction, from north to south.

With a decent amount of rainfall this year, the back country is alive with flowers and greenery. There’s no better place to experience this than the wilderness traversed by Black Canyon Road.

And think your vehicle can’t make it down a 12 mile dirt road? I take it all in a 2009 Subaru Forester, which is more than capable of handling the gentle drive on this county-maintained road.

Check it out now.


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