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5th Gen 4Runner Mods, Trails and Photography Spots in California

With, we wanted to create a mix of Northern California trail photos, trail expeditions as well as 5th Gen 4Runner builds and descriptions. We started for a variety of reasons but one of the biggest was due to all the broken images for 4Runner builds on the forums. It seemed like every build or “how-to” our group was looking up had dead images or broken image links. was also started for our pure love of the trail. We are a group of 4Runner and Tacoma owners in Greater Sacramento, Ca. We love nature, camping, fishing, hiking, 4Runners, stout suspensions, rocky trails and everything in between. We wanted a place to share all of our 4Runner builds and trail stories.

And so, was born. Our group was torn between and and felt that “Trail” fell more in line with our little trail photography adventures and then we later rebranded with In any case, is a helpful guide for any 5th Gen 4Runner owners out there as well as anyone who likes to do mini photography expeditions here in California.

Whether they are quick one-day trail expeditions in Northern California or full California 4×4 Trails, we try to post every trail experience we have. We also share our favorite 4Runner Accessories and review external and internal 4Runner additions. Follow along with our 4X4 experiences, photography trips, love for the great outdoors and our appreciation in what makes every 4Runner unique; Accessories and Mods.

A Long History of 4Runner Love

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My (Brenan Greene) current Runner is a 2014 Trail Premium 4Runner; however, this is not my first. My first 4Runner was a 1999 SR5 4WD Jade Green, that I purchased in 2002, and I loved all 200,000+ miles of the ride. My lady also has a 2016 SR5 4Runner, and many friends of the blog have 4Runners. Since 2002, I have seen many different T4R’s with many different Accessories and Mods and one day knew that I was going to go full steam into building out my own rig. In the blog, It is our goal to review hundreds of them.

Follow along and Keep it Wild T4R’s!

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4Runner Mods: Hopefully, this website and blog will find you well. We plan on running through a few 5th Gen 4Runner Mods over the next few years and possibly down the line, 6th Gen 4Runner Mods. In this section of our site, you will find everything from 5th Gen Leveling & Lift Kits to simple 5th Gen 4Runner mods as well as performance mods. We hope to cover many areas of the 5th Gen and eventually maybe the 6th Gen if we buy another 4Runner and sell the SR5. That is the goal anyway.

For Trails: Some of the most well-known trails we will be covering will include trails throughout Northern California near highway 80, highway 49 and up Highway 50 just East of Sacramento and North East of Sacramento. Hopefully, we can put some serious miles on the 4Runner and head up to Oregon and all the way over to Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Vegas, and of course down south to Southern California.

Best Photography Spots in Northern California

Well Known 4×4 Trails in Northern California

Well Known Central/ Northen California Lakes

  • Bucks Lake
  • Upper Blue Lake
  • Buena Vista Lake
  • Clair Engle Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Clear Lake Reservoir
  • Eagle Lake
  • Fordyce Lake
  • Gold Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Honey Lake
  • Lake Almanor
  • Lake Oroville
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Mono Lake
  • Owens Lake
  • Shasta Lake

Well Known Central/ Northen California Rivers

  • Eel River – Humbolt County
  • Feather River – Yuba, Sacramento and Plumas Counties
  • Kings River – Central California, Central Valley
  • Klamath River – High Northern California close to Oregon
  • Mokelumne River – Northern California near the Bay Area
  • Owens River – Central California East of Yosemite
  • Pit River – Northern California near Shasta Lake
  • Russian River – Northern California near Sonoma and Mendocino Counties
  • Sacramento River – Sacramento, CA
  • Trinity River – Northern California near Shasta

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If you have any questions about, the Trail T4R 4Runner, the 2016 SR5 4Runner or any questions in general, please do not hesitate to ask. I am here to help in any way I can and if that’s questions about a specific trail in Northern California or a specific build out on an item in my garage, please ask.

There is something special about being in the middle of nowhere with your Trail 4Runner, SR5 or even your Limited. is a collection of my trail expeditions, photography adventures, and my Trail 4Runner Build List.

From the Beach to the Mountains – Keep it Wild & Tread Lightly Everyone!

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