3N14 - Coxey Road

Big Bear Lake, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 03/19/2018
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 2-2
Length: 19.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 8000 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Big Bear Lake
Nearest Town w/ Services: Big Bear Lake
Official Road Name: 3N14
Management Agency: San Bernardino National Forest
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Highlight: 3N14 - Coxey Road

At 19 miles long, this dirt road takes you from Fawnskin to Hesperia and is a popular dirt route up the north side of the mountain range. Along the route, there are many trails splitting off such as 3N93 (Holcomb Creek) and 3N16. While traveling on 3N14 on the south side, there are several shooting areas and campgrounds. Please plan accordingly when traveling this area because it can get very hot on the low side in the Summer and still be snow on the ground once you reach high elevation.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (2-2)

Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.

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At the second most traveled dirt road in the area. 3N14 is a common byway to get into the Holcomb Valley area. Besides being a connector, this trail will also take you down the mountain heading north, dropping you halfway between Hesperia and Lucerne near Deep Creek. On the lower half of the route expect a rutted road, while on the upper half, expect mud and snow in the winter.

Seasonal Information

Spring:The area often has warm days with cold nights.
Summer:The area can have warm to hot days with plesent nights
Fall:The area often has warm days with cold nights.
Winter:Snow is common in the winter on these trails.


1. South End Staging Point

This open parking lot in front of the firehouse is the perfect spot to air down and disconnect your sway bars. Plus across the street is a convenience store and restaurant if you are hungry or need snacks for the trail. The trail head is the road that passes in front of the fire department heading North. The dirt road is about 1/4 mile up the hill from this spot. If you towed up the mountain, you can ask the fire department if it would be okay to leave your trailer here. They usually don't mind.

2. Begining of 3N14

This is where the asphalt turns to dirt. Be warned, there is lots of traffic on this end of the road.

3. Stay North at 2N13 Cut-off (0.8 mi)

2N13 splits off the trail to the west here. Stay north on 3N14

4. Stay South at 3N12 Cut-off (1.3 mi)

3N12 (Trail Rating 1-2) splits off the trail here to the North East. For more information on 3N12, please visit: http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/827-3n12-delamar-mountain-road

5. YMCA Camp (1.4 mi)

YMCA retreat camp, just incase you need to get your dance on.

6. Path Goes North / East (1.5 mi)

Follow the main road north / east, the road to the west is a dead end.

7. Hanna Flats Campground (1.9 mi)

One of the popular camping areas. Hanna Flats Campground is one of the easiest campgrounds to get to that is back in the forest away from the city. For more information on making reservations for the campground, please visit: www.recreation.gov

8. Pacific Crest Trail (3.8 mi)

The Pacific Crest Trail crosses 3N14 near the Holcomb Creek Bridge. PCT is a hiking trail.

9. Stay North at 3N93 (3.9 mi)

3N93 Holcomb Creek (Trail Rating 7-10) splits off the trail to the west. Continue straight to stay on 3N14. For more information on 3N93, please visit: http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1037-holcomb-creek-3n93

10. Stay South at 3N08 (4 mi)

3N08 (Trail Rating 4-5) splits off to the east. To stay on 3N14 continue straight. For more information on 3N08, please visit: http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1584-3n08

11. Shooting Area (5.4 mi)

3N14 has several shooting areas along the trail. Before shooting, please check with the Big Bear Discovery Center to ensure the shooting areas are open.

12. Shooting Area #2 (5.9 mi)

3N14 has several shooting areas along the trail. Before shooting, please check with the Big Bear Discovery Center to ensure the shooting areas are open.

13. Continue Straight at 3N16 (6.3 mi)

3N16 (Trail Rating 2-4) has the largest trail intersection in the range. 3N14 and 3N16 are the two heaviest traveled trails in the network. 3N16 goes east / west while 3N14 goes north / south. For more information on 3N16, please visit: http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1049-3n16-holcomb-valley

14. Big Pine Flats Campground (6.4 mi)

Just past the 3N16 intersection is Big Pine Flats Campground. This campsite is probably the most remote improved campsite in the mountains. The campsites are first come first serve. There is a camp host there that will collect your money and sell you additional firewood if you need any. This campsite is closed during the winter.

15. Stay North at 3N41 Cut-Off (9.8 mi)

3N41 splits off the trail here to the west. Stay North / East to stay on 3N14. (Trail is closed)

16. Say West at 4N16 Cut-Off (11.8 mi)

4N16 splits off the trail here. If you are wanting to get to the west most end of White Mountain - 3N17 (Trail Rating 4-6) take this trail to the north east. For more information on White Mountain 3N17, please visit: http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/830-white-mountain-3n17

17. Stay North at 3N59 Cut-Off (14.1 mi)

3N59 splits off the trail here to the South West. The trail is rather short and dead ends into a dirt bike trail.

18. Stay North (15.9 mi)

Stay North, if you take the road to the west this will take you to a private ranch.

19. West End of Trail (Bowen Ranch Road) (19.1 mi)

The north end of the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.269525, -116.947365
Take Rim of the World Road from Fawnskin North. This will turn into the trail.


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. And 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 RV's. 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, 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 http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/sbnf/recreation/camping-cabins You are allowed to do dispersed camping with no fires of any kind along the trails. Most people choose to use a campsite so they can enjoy a warming firing and cook their food.
Camping: 3N14 - Coxey Road

Land Use Issues

You can find out about trail closures at: Big Bear Discovery Center 41374 North Shore Drive, Highway 38 Fawnskin, CA 92333 Mailing address: PO Box 290 Fawnskin, CA 92333 (909) 382-2790 (voice) (TDD/TTY dial (800) 735-2922)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California
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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.


Questions & Answers (3)

Q: hi there any yellow post camping on this trailhead or just camp at established campsites
–Isaac Oliva (03/15/2018)
A: 3N14 doesn't have any yellow post camping on it. Most of the sites are either up in Holcomb Valley or down on the bottom near the trail. Along the trail, there is Big Pine Flats. They usually leave the gate open during the winter but that it isn't guaranteed. A spot that might be open is off of 4N16 not far from where 3N14 meets with it. There is a campground just down 4N16 on the left. And there is also some camping just off White Mountain and 4N16. Take White Mountain and the camping is on the left. There is also a private campground down near the bottom of 3N14, I believe it is called Oak Springs Campground. It is Waypoint 18 on the trail review.
–Josh Noesser (03/15/2018)
Q: Hey Josh. Do you know if dirtbikes are allowed on this trail?
–Ricky (09/12/2017)
A: Hey Ricky, I believe you can have dirt bikes on this trail. I have seen them more then once and there is a dedicated dirt bike path that connects to the trail. But I would call the Discovery Center to confirm. Info is above.
–Josh Noesser (09/12/2017)
Q: Hey guys, is this trail open all the way through? Any snow left?
–Cai (04/20/2017)
A: I think you are good to go. I have seen some photos from the higher points on 3N14 with no snow. You can see the ski resorts are down to the dirt. http://www.bigbearmountainresort.com/summer/mountain-information/mountain-info/web-cams We will likely be up there this weekend running some of the trails in the area.
–Josh Noesser (04/20/2017)
A: Thanks for the quick answer. Just want to make sure my TRD 2-wheel drive will make it. Love the site man.
–Cai (04/20/2017)
A: The trail is open all the way through. Last I heard there isn't much snow up there.
–Josh Noesser (04/20/2017)

Trail Reviews (9)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Decided on the whim with a coworker to brave the SoCal storm in the Big Bear Mountains. The Coxey road was fully open on March 16th and was completely dry. We decided to stay in the Horsesprings Campground off 4n16 and ended up experiencing a winter storm where we woke up to 1-3 inches of snow with significant wind overnight on March 17th.. The road was not icey after the storm but was covered with 1 to 3 inches of snow from the 4n16 turnoff to the Big Pine Campsite.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Decided on the whim with a coworker to brave the SoCal storm in the Big Bear Mountains. The Coxey road was fully open on March 16th and was completely dry. We decided to stay in the Horsesprings Campground off 4n16 and ended up experiencing a winter storm where we woke up to 1-3 inches of snow with significant wind overnight. The road was not icey after the storm but was covered with 1 to 3 inches of snow from the 4n16 turnoff to the Big Pine Campsite.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Drove the route from from Big Bear Lake (Fawnskin) to Hesperia via Coxey Truck Trail (3N14) and Bowen Ranch Road. The entire route took an hour, but in dry conditions. Unfortunately, there was no snow or anything exciting to report. In these conditions, it's an easy route on a fairly well maintained road.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Fire road.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Traveled all the way up from Apple Valley to Fawnskin. No problems. The road was clear all the way. Took my 17' travel trailer up to Big Pines Flat Campground and stayed four nights. Weather was perfect, warm but not hot during the days, and cool at night with temperatures dipping down to the high 30's overnight. Campground will close on October 15, so, if you plan to go, go now.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Another great off-road trip up 3N14. We had to put the Jeeps 4x4 to the test with this one. Even though the snow turned us around, we had a great time. We made it to Big Pine Flats were we then headed towards Holcomb Valley. About 3/4 of the way there the snow went from 1-2 feet deep to 4 feet deep and icy. We all got stuck at one point making a blast. After getting turned around we headed back down the mountain for a enjoyable drive home. Can't wait to do it again.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Several of the trailsoffroad crew and others for a total of 16 rigs made the run from Hesperia. We all made it to Big Pine Campground. I chose to continue towards Fawnskin with my son in his JK, where the deep snow brought us to a halt on the upgrade between the PCT and Hanna Flats Campground. We made it back and caught up to the group on 3N16 Holcomb Valley because they also had been stopped by the snow. It was a beautiful snowy and rainy day and we all made it back to Hesperia and home.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Road is in good condition. We were at the Big Pine Flat Group camping site. A bit far from town but nice group site with a vault toilet. Obviously a popular area for off-roaders.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Went up the mountains to do a little skiing to only find the conditions really bad. So I decided while I was up there I would take an easy drive up 3N14. To my surprise the trail was a large ice sheet and was a mess. Sucks to see the conditions so poor this year, I was hoping for a little fun in the snow.