3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail

4.9/5 (38 reviews)
Big Bear City, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 12/19/2022
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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 (38 reviews)
Open
Visited: 11/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran this trail from east to west. Trail had lots of icy areas that added to the fun on many of the obstacles, especially the middle rock garden! Don’t drag your stock vehicles through this trail, You may make it , but you will struggle and risk damage. It’s more fun in a vehicle that is prepared for this type of trip.
Trail Review: 3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail - Kelly Down
Trail Review: 3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail - Kelly Down
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Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

5 stars because I enjoy this trail. Be cautious as there is a washout just past the west end gate keeper. It is a combination of off camber and a rise/dip that could pitch you over the side. We opted to back down and come back into the trail via Lower Larga. Otherwise a great trail and a fun day!
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Another super fun trail in the Big Bear area. This one requires skid plates and least a rear locker, but you'll want a front as well. We were traveling East to West with 9 rigs, all but one on 37's. One 2-door JK on 35's with F/R lockers. The middle rock garden in the hardest, and likely harder going "up" when going East to West. Had to winch one JK that literally got stuck between a rock and a hard place in the middle garden. Surprisingly the Gladiator and the 2-door JK made it through with the least trouble. There are a few other challenging obstacles, but all doable with good spotters. Got a little rain at the end which made it interesting.
Trail Review: 3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail - Paul Crawford
Trail Review: 3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail - Paul Crawford
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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.
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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