3N69 – Gold Mountain

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Gold Mountain Trail, 3N69, is one of those names all Southern California offroaders know. For many, it was their first rock crawling trail. For others, it is their next ambitious goal. Located in the San Bernardino National Forest, near Big Bear Lake, this easily accessed rock crawling trail takes y... Read More
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Highlights of 3N69 – Gold Mountain

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Desert Category Icon Desert
Forest Category Icon Forest
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Mine Category Icon Mine
Rock Category Icon Rock
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
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Highest Elevation
8203 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
North
Official Trail Name
3N69
Nearest Town
Big Bear City
Nearest Services
Big Bear City
Management Agency
San Bernardino Forest Service
District
Mountaintop Ranger District

Overview

Gold Mountain Trail, 3N69, is one of those names all Southern California offroaders know. For many, it was their first rock crawling trail. For others, it is their next ambitious goal. Located in the San Bernardino National Forest, near Big Bear Lake, this easily accessed rock crawling trail takes you up and into the mountain range of SoCal, cresting over 8,000 feet above sea level before dropping you near the history-rich Holcomb Valley. Along this scenic wonderland, the trail offers fantastic views of Big Bear Lake, the bustling mountain village below, and the towering San Gorgonio Mountain.

The trail was established in the 1860s during the Big Bear gold rush to facilitate mining operations. Today, the obstacles bring people to this historic trail. With two waterfalls, a rock garden, and several hard corners, this trail tests driver skills and vehicle capability. There is no doubt why Jeep picked this trail as one of its legendary Jeep Badge Of Honor Trails.

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