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Motino Wash (aka Mottino Wash)

4.9/5 (12 reviews)
Big Bear City, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 09/26/2022

Trail Information


If body damage and carnage are your things, then Motino Wash aka Mottino Wash is the off-road trail is for you. Situated almost directly between Holcomb Valley and Johnson Valley lies a secret of Big Bear that most are unaware of. The trail is a perfect cross of the Hammers and Holcomb Valley trails with plenty of hard lines that are required and even harder optional. Many of the extreme groups love this jeep trail because of the difficulty, location, and the fact is a low traffic trail. If you are very experienced, have a built rig, love some epic rock crawling, then this trail might be for you!

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Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (12)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Very fun trail. I did all the optionals with a jku on Dana 60s and 40” tires.. recent rains may have filled in some of the trail. The folks with 35s got through the easiest lines with a little spotting here and there. We did have an do on 35s try an optional waterfall and he crushed a door. We also had a front Dana 30 lock right explode but it was likely about to go from a recent axle shaft incident. We did the trail in about 2.5-3 hours taking breaks and going easy.
Visited: 02/25/2022

We started early in the morning. I completed the trail with some difficulty in my locked Land Cruiser 80 with 35's. However, my friend's heavy overland GX with lockers and 35's had a hard time. By the time we finished, it was dark and challenging finding our way back to Rattlesnake Canyon Trail since this portion of the trail was not marked on Trailsoffroad map or on my Gaia GPS map.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/27/2021

Went down and did Motrin’s Wash after doing some trails in Big Bear. Keep an eye out for the trail head as it can easily be passed. Looks like it is not traveled much so that’s great. The hard stuff starts just about right away. Harder than the hard trails in Big Bear. Waypoint 6 seems harder and now much more dug out/taller than the review. Waypoint 7 seemed much easier than listed. No matter what this is a fun aggressive trail with tons of rock crawling fun!
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/26/2021

AWESOME!!! Mottino Wash makes John Bull look like a walk in the park... LOL! The rock crawling never ends and when you think you're done... NOPE! More Rocks! You will need a modified rig to make it through because high clearance and larger tire will be your biggest ally, along with your spotters, in this trail! It is a lot of fun so grab your craziest friends and put those rigs to the test. We continued south into Pioneertown after and enjoyed our victory lunch & brews.
Official Crew
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/02/2019

The trail is open and fun. Getting a bit hot thus if you are going to go, make sure you do a night run.

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