3N07A - The Squeeze

Big Bear Lake, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 12/29/2020
4.9 / 5 ( 14 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 7600 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Big Bear Lake
Nearest Town w/ Services: Big Bear Lake
Official Road Name: 3N07A
Management Agency: San Bernardino National Forest
District: Mountaintop Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: 3N07A - The Squeeze
A short but exciting off-road trail, 3N07A is a great little trail that offers a unique obstacle at the Coyote Crag rock formation in Holcomb Valley near Big Bear Lake, California. If you have a good spotter, or your vehicle is rather narrow, you will likely squeeze between the boulders from which this trail got it name with no problems, but if you get off the line just barely, well you might lose a mirror or worse, add some character the body of your vehicle. Needless to say, when passing through Holcomb Valley or if you are out exploring 3N16 – Holcomb Valley Road, make sure you swing through and enjoy the natural beauty of this amazing, moderate difficulty trail.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
( MODERATE - DIFFICULT )

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Waypoints

1. East Trailhead of 3N07A (0 mi)
3N07A trailhead splits off to the southwest from 3N32 - Union Flat. The trailhead is hard to see and looks almost like a narrow path to a dispersed campsite.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.314178, -116.873919

Starting Point: Big Bear Discovery Center

From Holcomb Valley in Big Bear, CA. Take 3N32 - Union Flat from 3N16 – Holcomb Valley Road North roughly 1.1 Miles. The trail will be on the left side, the southerly trailhead.

Camping

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Trail Reviews (16)

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This trail is awesome! I've met quite a few people on the trails around Big Bear who haven't been on this. If you haven't you're missing out, this is a MUST DO. But be warned anything even the ever so slightest wider than a Jeep simply won't make it due to the width constraints of the rocks. Checkout this video from my most recent trip!

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absolutely agree that this trail belongs on everyone's short list when it snows - so much fun and really just a beautiful day out. always surprised how sparse it can be - we only saw a couple of other groups, even on a saturday, at least until you get near either end of 3N16. visiting the various mines in the area and taking a few quiet moments to walk around really gives a sense of what it must have been like when gold lured people away from cramped city life and into a stunning (if unforgiving) setting to carve out a life among the pines and weathered stones.

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Pretty fun in the snow :)

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Fun and challenging route. I went East to West in a stock 2016 Tacoma TRD Offroad with OEM oval tube steps. Myself and my spotter are both inexperienced (but not non-experienced) and while a challenge, by taking our time we cleared the Squeeze with only minor banging on the skid plate and steps (plus scraping my mudflaps and picking up minor brush scratching). My crawl-control came in handy in a couple spots but I probably didn't need it. We passed two parties of Jeeps going West to East and it seems as if would be slightly easier going that direction. There's one spot near the West end where I had to go over a drop that would probably have been much simpler to climb. For my experience level I 100% needed a spotter to avoid "adding character" to my truck body.

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They were not joking when the trail was named “The squeeze”. It is very narrow and you will need a spotter so you don’t lose a mirror. The articulation spot was a lot deeper than expected. The video review does not show just how deep this drop off is. A stock Frontier in the group had some scraps and bumps. I did enjoy the technical spots that you had to really think about how you wanted to attack it. For sure, NO full size vehicles on this trail. Great scenery and this trail ends at some great camping.

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I made it through The Squeeze! Although, honestly, the write up on here downplays this trail in my opinion. I am one to do my homework before hitting a trail, and this one was definitely more than I expected. “The spot that gets talked about most is a very narrow section that is between two very large rocks” - yes, but what they left out is that this happens at multiple spots along this trail. What a great trail though! It’s very technical and requires good teamwork between a driver and a spotter. 4wd and high clearance are a must.

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Still one of my favorite trails. We went out there and hiked around the area looking for new things.

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The trail was a nice drive.

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The squeeze isn't much of a squeeze when you're in a stock YJ but I've run the trail before in my lifted 3rd gen 4Runner and I was happy to have a spotter. The off-camber waterfall gets you just tipsy enough to keep it interesting, but in the end it's not too tough. Great trail if you are in the area but don't feel like, or can't, tackle John Bull.

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Fun little side attraction. I can only see "The Squeeze" giving you trouble if you're in something wider than a Wrangler.

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Quick run out to this trail for fathers day. Nice and quiet surprisingly

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Ran the trail as an option to the long lines on John Bull... Great little trail #FalkenTires

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We were not sure if my K5 could make it. It looked wide enough, but with a little spotting, rubbing on the driver mirror (pulled in) and rubbing the back bumper after dropping off the rock on passenger side (west side of trail) all was good. I could have missed it if I had turned to passenger... next time. Great trail and a beautiful day.

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What a blast! I really wanted to try this trail out in the past, but was afraid of sustaining some body damage. Well, the Squeeze is actually not too bad. I made it with inches to spare in my 4Runner and one of my friends made it in a full-size K5 Blazer. He ended nicking his rear bumper and a tad bit of his body, near the right rear tail light. We think he could have made it without touching. Next time!

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Top 5 Hard Trails in Big Bear Holcomb Valley area

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Another great trip on a epic trail with amazing people...

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: What is considered "high clearance". I was digging around the site to see if you have definitions on this but couldn't find anything. My apologies if I missed it. I'm planning on running this trail. My Jeep has about 10.2inches of ground clearance and 4 low. Does this qualify?
–Jon Arriaza (07/29/2020)
–John (01/04/2021)
–Josh Noesser (07/29/2020)
Q: How is the road north of Coyote Crag? Is it easier than south of the crag (avoiding the Squeeze)?
–Pam W (06/27/2018)
–Pam W (06/28/2018)
–Josh Noesser (06/27/2018)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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