3N16 - Holcomb Valley

4.8/5 (67 reviews)
Big Bear Lake, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 09/06/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

3N16 provides a scenic, enjoyable drive for all offroad enthusiasts. At roughly 26 miles long, this overland trail will take you through the backwoods of the San Bernardino National Forest. Along with some great views, 3N16 also has a historic route for which more information can be found at Big Bear Discovery Center or the trail review, Gold Fever Trail. 3N16 is the main connector between most of the trails in Big Bear including Holcomb Creek, Dishpan Springs, John Bull, White Mountain, Gold Mountain, and many more. Just be warned that there are several water crossings along this trail that can swell up in flash flood conditions. While snow on this trail can get over 5 feet deep in the winter. Please plan accordingly and travel in pairs.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

3N16 aka Holcomb Valley Road is the perfect trail for all off-road enthusiast that love some overland trail rides. At about 26 miles long, the trail starts in Running Springs and goes all the way to Big Bear, ending near Baldwin Lake. 3N16 passes several hard trails such as Dishpan Springs (3N34), Holcomb Creek (3N93), 2N06X, John Bull (3N10), Gold Mountain (3N69), and many other great and exciting trails. 3N16 Holcomb Valley Road is a great trail for first time off-roaders and also provide plenty of entertainment for the more experienced. For the history of Holcomb Valley, please visit Gold Fever Trail at: http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1615-gold-fever-trail Important Note: While the road is 26 miles long, only the 11 miles from the Crab Flats Camground junction with 3N34 to Forest OHV Road 3N56 are open to non-street legal vehicles. Reminders: 1. Non-street legal vehicles cannot use the portion of 3N16 to Green Valley Lake Road. 2. Non-street legal vehicles cannot use the portion of 3N16 from 3N56 to the Dump Access Road. 3. Street legal vehicles only on roads or trails into the communities of Big Bear, Fawnskin, and Green Valley Lake. You can find more information on the historic background of the area at the Big Bear Discovery Center: Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 5 days/week Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Located at: 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333 Phone: (909) 382-2790
The forest service has reported several washouts on this trail and has posted a temporary closure in areas. Dates of reopening are expected to be at the end of the month which we would appreciate your input if you know more.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (67 reviews)
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90950
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Drove the whole trail out at the end of the weekend adventures. The east side is rough while the west side is easier but still rough. Overall still easy.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Far as I can tell this road is used by campers and off roaders to get to other more interesting places. It served us well.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We used this trail over the weekend to access other trails such as Holcomb Creek and John Bull. The beginning few miles on the west side were was pretty chewed up; still easily doable by any 4wd or awd vehicle with some clearance but you might have to take it slow in a few places.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took this trail after doing 2N02 up from the desert... made for a long day on the trail, but the beautiful scenery on both trails made it worth it. Nothing too hard here, but good practice for new drivers, and an amazing day out in the wilderness even for the best of drivers. Good times!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Went from Van Dusen Canyon back to Green Valley Lake. Super easy, maybe one or two spots where 4WD is helpful but not entirely needed. So many incredible places to stop and chill and soak in the sights
Trail Review: 3N16 - Holcomb Valley - Kevin Connors
Trail Review: 3N16 - Holcomb Valley - Kevin Connors

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