Neat, good to know that someone else lives up here. Dave T... where do you live?
For offroading up here... it depends - Mariposa is a big county.
I can personally say that I love taking an afternoon drive from Feliciana Mountain Road in Midpines over to Earstens, and then either over Ferguson Ridge, or Apperson Mine, or Hites Cove, or Jerseydale.
I strongly recommend AGAINST going on Hites Cove unless you are locked up, lifted, winching and running 38"s. I seriously would say that having two vehicles in your party is minimum for Hites Cove.
Feliciana Mtn Rd over to Jerseydale Rd is a nice day out... minimal drama - mostly a putt-putt in some gorgeous country. It does get muddy and sometimes snowy during winter though (my favorite time to go).
Thanks for the advice. That's what i wanted to know. Better to pick the right dirt road for an afternoon than get stuck where I shouldn't be. What's the easiest way to google maps your description and find the starting point? Intersection? Coordinates?
I know this is a old post, but just thought I would mention, There are quite a few good and fairly easy trails through out the Mariposa area, the Ferguson Ridge is a good one with breath taking views and many more, Heights Cove, Jersey Dale and so on