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3N43 - Harvey Mine

Big Bear Lake, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 01/19/2020
4.3 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 3-3
Length: 0.81 miles
Highest Elevation: 7437 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Big Bear Lake
Nearest Town w/ Services: Big Bear City
Official Road Name: 3N43 - Harvey Mine
Management Agency: San Bernardino National Forest
District: Mountaintop Ranger District
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Highlight: 3N43 - Harvey Mine
3N43 - Harvey Mine is one of many off-road trails in the San Bernardino National Forest, north of Big Bear Lake, in Holcomb Valley. This short trail is close to the Holcomb Valley Campground, near Coyote Crag and connects to the west end of the John Bull rock crawling trail. This is a great trail for a beginner with a high clearance 4x4 to explore while in Big Bear's Holcomb Valley or a quick short cut for more experienced wheelers going to or coming from a run through John Bull.



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Route Information

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Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
Waypoint 3 is the only part of this trail that might be trouble for a 2WD high clearance vehicle.

Technical Rating: 3-3

Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.
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This off-road trail is mostly soft dirt but includes rutted sections, some small rocks, and one notable rock obstacle, at Waypoint 3, which might be trouble for 2WD vehicles. 3N43 connects from 3N07 - Van Dusen Creek on the east end, to 3N10-John Bull on the west. At just under one mile long, this is a quick trail with only mild challenges.
The unmarked roads intersecting with this trail at multiple waypoints are not shown on the current MVUM ( Motor Vehicle Use Map ). Stay on the designated routes.


1. Trailhead - Continue North (0.00 mi)
3N43 - Harvey Mine starts here, at the intersection with 3N07 - Van Dusen Creek. Turn northwest to start on 3N43.
2. Unmarked Intersection - Continue Straight (0.81 mi)
Continue straight. The unmarked trail to the north leads to a couple dispersed camp sites.
3. Rock Obstacle - Continue Straight (0.19 mi)
Continue straight up this rocky section.
4. Unmarked Intersection - Continue Straight (0.43 mi)
Continue straight past this unmarked trail.
5. Unmarked Intersection - Continue Straight (0.48 mi)
Continue straight past this unmarked trail. The old Harvey K. Mine is east of this point.
6. Unmarked Intersection - Continue Straight (0.58 mi)
Continue straight past this unmarked trail.
7. End / 3N10 - John Bull Intersection (0.81 mi)
3N43 ends here at 3N10. To the right/north is the west of the John Bull Rock crawling trail. To the left/south 3N10 will lead out to 3N16 - Holcomb Valley Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.309028, -116.898609

Starting Point: Fawnskin, California


There are multiple opportunities along this trail for dispersed camping. Some nearby improved campgrounds include the Holcomb Valley Campground and, at Serrano Campground, sites with full RV hookups and hot showers. Holcomb Campground is about a half mile southeast of this trails trailhead. Holcomb valley campground is open from Holcomb Valley Campground includes picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets. This campground is now open year round. Serrano Campground is about three quarters of mile east of the 2N09 - Polique Canyon trailhead. Serrano Campground is open late February to late November of each year. This campground includes flush toilets, potable water, hot showers and over one hundred sites for tent and RV camping, some with full utility hookups.
Camping: 3N43 - Harvey Mine

Trail Reviews (3)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Lots of fresh powder on the trail.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Well I was solo and my first time on this trail, since 6/15/19 I have ran this trail quite a few more times (it's a fun little trail). I drive a stock 3rd gen 4runner 4wd. Lots of flexy sections or rain ruts. A rocky entrance off 3n10. This trail doesn't seem to be travelled much. There is a really nice area to have lunch, which I did. Tire placement is key on the rocky section, it's a lot steeper then pics show (there is a bypass, but I never taken it). Expect some trail pin striping unless some people trimmed it. It's narrow and doesn't have many areas to turn around if you decide to bail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Here are few pics of the old mine site just east of Waypoint 5.

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Writer Information

G. Martin

Mapping Crew - California

G. Martin, gm4x4 on Youtube , is a California native, born and raised in northern California and now living and wheeling in southern California. He enjoys exploring new trails and setting up camp in the remote outdoors. You may come across him in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the mountains of Big Bear, in the central Sierras near Shaver Lake or any other dirty, rocky road in the southwest. TrailsOffroad offers a focus point in G.Martin's offroad exploration.
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