|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||4923 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town:||Lake Arrowhead|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Lake Arrowhead|
|Official Road Name:||3N34|
|Management Agency:||San Bernardino Forest Service|
|District:||Mountaintop Ranger District|
A few miles north of the mountain lake community of Lake Arrowhead you will find Willow Creek Jeep Trail. This trail is amongst a network of OHV routes in the San Bernardino mountains in the San Bernardino National Forest. As you travel across this trail you begin to notice the forrest environment on the south slowly fade toward a hinting desert landscape on the north. This is most prominent as you pass 3W13 (waypoint 9) and turn to the north. Along the trail you will make two creek crossings ; willow creek and little bear creek. Both crossings are over concrete-slab fords. The east end of 3N34X (way point 27) offers the most fun of this trail for the adventurous offroader. This rutted, rocky hill was fun enough for us to run it up and down.
Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.Read more about our rating system
Directly off CA-173, the trailhead is well marked with signage for Willow Creek Jeep trail, 3N34 and Pinnacles OHV staging area.
Pinnacles OHV staging area includes a large parking area, tables with shade and vault toilets. Parking here requires a Forest Adventure Pass ; $5/day or $30/year.
This is the west intersection of 3N34X. Notice the "X "at the end of the route number. Left will take you on 3N34X which is the harder, northern loop of Willow Creek Jeep Trail. Right will keep you on the easier route; 3N34 (no "X"). Either way is still Willow Creek Jeep Trail. The trails meet again at waypoint 5; 3N34X east intersection. The mile markers for the following waypoints are based on going right at this point. If you choose to go left, waypoint 25 is next.
3W65 is limited to vehicles with a maximum width of 50". No jeeps are allowed on 3W65. Stay left to continue on 3N34.
At this point you should stay to the right to continue forward on 3N34. Left will take you on 3N34X; the harder, northern loop of Willow Creek Jeep Trail, which will land you back at waypoint 3 once you pass through waypoints 27, 26 and 25.
This is a good spot to stop for a break and enjoy the scenery. There is plenty of room for vehicles to park at this location.
Here you can take your pick; left or right. Either option keeps you on the trail and takes you to the Willow Creek crossing.
The concrete pad here makes for an easy crossing over Willow Creek.
Here you will have to keep left to continue on 3N34. 3W13 is limited to vehicles with a maximum width of 50".
When wet, this lower section of the trail collects 15" plus of icy water mixed with the earth, resembling a tasty caffeinated beverage. While there is a shallow bypass to the side of this icy slurry, it's hard to resist making a splash in the deep end.
This small double turnout provides enough space for a few vehicles to park on each side of the trail.
The rocks on this short uphill section can easily be avoided by smaller vehicles.
This point of the trail includes a cute little rock collection that might make a fun obstacle when it grows up :) .
Turn left toward Squint Ranch to stay on 3N34.
Turn right here to stay on 3N34. An optional detour to the left will take you on 3N38, by the locked gates at the Lake Arrowhead Airport and then loop you back around to waypoint 17.
Stay to the left to continue on 3N34.
Turn right to stay on 3N34. The optional detour to the left will take you on 3N38, by the locked gates at the Lake Arrowhead Airport and then loop you back to the west to waypoint 15.
Stay right to continue on 3N34. Signs mark this section of 3N34 as "most difficult", but it is no harder than the rest of the trail. A left here will take you on 3N34**D** to Devils Hole.
This small loop allows for parking half a dozen or more vehicles and is a good place to stop for lunch or to enjoy the scenery.
Continue straight at this point to stay on 3N34.
Continue straight at this point to stay on 3N34.
Continue straight at this point to stay on 3N34. A hard left will take you to the Splinter's hiking trailhead.
The concrete pad here provides an easy path through the little bear creek.
From here you can continue straight to end your day on the trail. The road ahead is 2N26Y - Hook Creek Rd. which will lead you down the east side of Lake Arrowhead on your way out. If you haven't had enough yet, a hard left here will take you into Dishpan Springs (Extreme trail).
Here you will find a water tank and a small turn out. This mile marker is based on starting from the trailhead and turning **left** at Waypoint 3 (3N34X).
This small turnout and tree make for a good place to stop and enjoy the view to the east. The mile marker here is based on starting from the trailhead and turning **left** at Waypoint 3 (3N34X).
If you like ruts and rocks mixed with your hills, you have come to the right place. This rutted, rocky hill might look intimidating, but it is no problem with the right line. The mile marker here is based on starting from the trailhead and turning **left** at Waypoint 3 (3N34X).
Starting Point: San Bernardino
The North Shore Campground is the closest improved campsite, but this campground is only open from late April through early October. North Shore Campground has potable water and flush toilets. Fees are $23 per 1 vehicle for the night, however fees increase and a 3 night minimum is enforced on holiday weekends.