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3N16 provides a scenic, enjoyable drive for all off-road enthusiasts. At roughly 26 miles, 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 Gold Fever Trail's trail review. 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.
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3N16, aka Holcomb Valley Road, is the perfect trail for all off-road enthusiasts 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 provides plenty of entertainment for the more experienced. For the history of Holcomb Valley, please visit Gold Fever Trail here. Important Note: While the road is 26 miles long, only the 11 miles from the Crab Flats Campground 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 historical 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
Stay to the north at the trailhead for Lower Largo Flats - 2N06X. Lower Largo Flats - 2N06X breaks off to the south of 3N16. For more information, click here for Lower Largo Flats - 2N06X
Continue straight at 3N14 – Coxey Road. If you choose to go north, this will take you down the mountain toward Hesperia. If you go south, this will take you into Fawnskin. Click here for more infomation on 3N14 – Coxey Road
Continue straight at 3N11. This is the cut-off to 3N17 – White Mountain. For more information on 3N17 – White Mountain You can find more information for 3N11, click here 3N11.
Continue straight. This is the other White Mountain cut-off, 3N17. For more information on 3N17 – White Mountain. Click here on 3N17 – White Mountain
Continue straight at 3N54 and 3N08. For more information on 3N08, please click here: 3N08 - Holcomb Creek Road
3N83 - Upper Holcomb is a quick and mildly challenging off-road run through the dense forest of upper Holcomb Valley.
Go left at 2N09. If you go straight, this will take you to 2N09 - Polique Canyon (Trail Rating 1-2) and eventually drop you back on Highway 38. You can find more information for 2N09 at 2N09 – Polique Canyon.
Continue straight at 3N32 - Union Flat. If you turn off on 3N32 - Union Flat, this will drop you into the middle of John Bull at John Bull Gate Keeper. Prior to reaching 3N10 - John Bull (Hard), there is a trail called 3N07A - The Squeeze(Moderate) to the east.
Stay north on the trail at 3N69 - Gold Mountain(Hard). If you take the trail south, you will run 3N69 - Gold Mountain backwards. Many people say going in this direction on Gold Mountain is much easier.
Since 3N16 is the main backbone of Holcomb Valley, this trail has more camping along it than we can describe. The trail has endless dispersed camping spots that will cater to everyone's needs, along with some unique places with stunning views. The more popular places to camp along this trail are Big Pine Flats Campground near 3N14 and Holcomb Valley Campground near 3N07. The San Bernardino National Forest is a nearby oasis for millions of Southern Californians who want to escape for the weekend and go camping. The higher elevations of the forest mean that the summertime temperatures are cooler than the valleys below. As an added bonus, most campgrounds have shaded sites, and some are near streams or lakes. Many campgrounds are adjacent to beautiful natural areas, and you can find solitude on quiet wilderness trails. Some campgrounds are reserved campsites, and on weekends or holidays, we definitely recommend making a reservation. To do this, visitors can go online to www.recreation.gov or call toll-free 1-877-444-6777. Most campgrounds can accommodate both tent campers and RVs. All campgrounds have picnic tables and restroom facilities, and some even have showers and other amenities. Most campsites accommodate up to 6 people and 2 tents. There may be an additional cost for more than one vehicle. The Forest Service describes camping as either developed (usually accessible by road and including facilities like picnic tables, restrooms, and fire rings) or undeveloped/dispersed (remote areas accessible only by dirt roads or trails, with no facilities). During winter months, some locations may be inaccessible due to snow or closed. Check with the local Ranger Station for updated conditions. More info can be found at San Bernardino National Forest Camping.
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