3N10 - John Bull East aka Little John Bull

Big Bear City, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 09/11/2020
5 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 7200 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Big Bear City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Big Bear City
Official Road Name: 3N10
Management Agency: San Bernardino National Forest
District: Mountain Top Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: 3N10 - John Bull East aka Little John Bull
Part of the John Bull Trail network, Little John Bull or John Bull East, is eastern portion of this trail commonly bypassed by offroaders traveling John Bull West. Along this route, you will find it somewhat easier obstacles then its more difficult west side. But don't be confused, this trail will still challenge most drivers with is rock crawling, and is known for it carnage just like its west half.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
( MODERATE - DIFFICULT )

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Waypoints

1. East End of Trail (0 mi)
Where the trail connects to 3N02

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.319032, -116.854534

Starting Point: Fawnskin, CA

Follow HWY18 east of Big Bear Lake, turn left onto Holcomb Valley Rd towards the Big Bear landfill. Turn left onto 3N16 just before the landfill entrance, after about 2 miles your come up to 3N02 on your right. Turn onto 3N02 and follow it about 1 mile to 3N10, turn left onto 3N10

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Trail Reviews (8)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Simple verison. Short but fun. The end, this trails is pretty short, but if you've never driven a V-notch then I'd say stop by an check this trail out. Its not a tough V or a very long one, but still a pretty fun obstacle and can give you a taste of what the full John Bull trail has to offer. Check the video below from my most recent trip!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Great little trail

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Ran this trail both ways today and the v-notch was an especially fun challenge coming back up. Otherwise the trail seemed to be in similar condition as usual.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
What a great medium/hard trail! Based on the trail review and video, I thought this might be a good proving grounds for my newly required (and nearly stock) '95 YJ and brother-in-law's TJ and boy was I right. I definitely wouldn't suggest anyone else attempt this in such a stock vehicle, but we did make it through with some rock stacking, generous use of throttle at times, and getting high-centered once in the little YJ. Everyone else we saw running the trail were on 35" tires and had no problem.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Really fun trail if you're in the Big Bear area. As this video shows, Little John Bull is just one part of a great loop that's available in this region. We ran this trail in the middle of summer, when the weather is usually dry and clear. As the pics show, however, we ran into quite a rain storm, which made for some fun adventures...

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
This a great little trail to run. People often forget about it since it is off on the extreme end of Holcomb Valley. But hard and fun.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
This is a great trail for a newbie as long as he is led by someone experienced. Probably not doable in a stock vehicle. Even the easy parts are rocky and fun. The V-notch is the most exciting obstacle and be advised that you will be riding your sidewalls on the way down. Don't tackle this trail alone and have a good spotter along for the v-notch.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This is a great trail to test your rig. Not too hard and not too easy.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Do you have any updates on the V-Notch section of the trail? The trail report has an entry from 2016 but nothing more up to date.
–Marc Nitz (06/20/2018)
–Tom H (07/31/2018)
–Josh Noesser (06/20/2018)

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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