3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail

4.9/5 (35 reviews)
Big Bear City, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 08/08/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Comfortably nestled back in the forest of Big Bear, this challenging trail has been attracting visitors for decades. Argued to be the most demanding trail in the Big Bear Mountain range, this trail provides fantastic views along with some of the hardest off-roading in the area. While traveling the trail, expect everything from water crossings and extensive rock gardens to challenging hill climbs. Be warned, this trail has claimed many vehicles over the years and should not be underestimated.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Holcomb Creek (3N93) is arguably the most challenging rock crawling route on the mountain range. It is comprised of 5 rock gardens, several water crossings, a washed-out pass, several steep hill climbs with obstacles on them, and much more. This trail is waiting to cause havoc on your vehicle. In the winter, it does snow on this trail. Since the trail is on the north side of the mountains, snow does stick for long periods. If you are up for the challenge, this trail goes from the easy line being ranked a high "6" rating in dry and perfect conditions to the easy line being a mandatory 10+ rating in less wet conditions. The trail is more demanding going east to west.
Please remember no camping within 100 feet of the creek and other water sources, and do not dam up the creeks.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (35 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Total blast. Rock gardens are all fun to get through. Made it in a stock 2d JRL. Well I guess I’ve got skid plates, but stock tires and no lift.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took the trail from east to west in my Goldie. We only did the trail to the 2N06X cut off since it was determined that Goldie would need lockers for the middle rock garden. The part of the trail we did do was very challenging but I made it through with no tugs with good spotting.
Trail Review: 3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail - Deadhead Dave
Trail Review: 3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail - Deadhead Dave
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Recent rains have made for some intimidating, though passable, washouts, but the trail is in good shape otherwise. Both gatekeepers are mild right now, but the central rock garden is as tricky as ever; there were some nervous moments with rigs sliding sideways off of rocks!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was our first time running this trail and the description was pretty accurate! Even running it the "easy" direction (west to east) was a challenge. My Brother-In-Law in his lifted and locked TJ on 35s made it through both rock gardens without needing a tug, but he did dent and bend his front driveshaft. My YJ on 31s with no lift and a front locker also made it through but I definitely needed to pull cable a couple times.
Trail Review: 3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail - Taylor Kempkes
Trail Review: 3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail - Taylor Kempkes
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Status: Open
Visited: 05/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this with Jeep Jamboree. Took a while through the middle rock garden but everyone made with thanks to great spotting. It’s tough, but fun. If you collect Badge of Honor badges, this one counts!

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