Middle Control Road - Big Bear

Redlands, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 01/17/2018
4.3 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 5670 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Redlands
Nearest Town w/ Services: Redlands
Official Road Name: Middle Control
Management Agency: San Bernardino National Forest
District: Mountain Top District
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Highlights

Highlight: Middle Control Road - Big Bear
Middle Control Road might not sounds like the worlds most interesting trail, but don't let this name fool you. The trail zig zags down the mountain providing some amazing views across the valley floor. Along the route there are plenty of options to get out of the 4x4 and hike the area. Also along the route is a beautiful waterfall which could easily be a place to stop when looking for inspiration... Whether you love off-road or you're looking for one of the most scenic drives in the area, I would recommend Middle Control Road as one of your next stops.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Middle Control Road - Northern Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts right after a bridge. Its a dirt road but being aired down can help.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.170741, -116.949600

Starting Point: Redlands, CA

From Angelus Oaks Fire Station, go east on Highway 38 for 0.4 miles and the trailhead is on the left.

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Trail Reviews (10)

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Status: Open
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What is normally an easy graded road was a lot of fun this weekend thanks to snow. We drove this from the end of 1N09 City Creek to get back to the highway and had a blast doing it thanks to the slippery conditions.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Middle Control Rd is a connector from Hwy 38 to get to other trails at its end like Clarks Grade or Seven Pines and a paved Seven Pines to the east. A very well maintained flat wide road well trafficked. If coming from Hwy 38 be sure to look behind you for the falls at way point 4.

Author:
Status: Open
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Easy connector. Be careful as it is a commonly used road. Watch for oncoming traffic.

Author:
Status: Open
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A very easy trail that could be done by most 2WD vehicles. Looks like it was recently graded. Lots of soft sand makes for dusty driving. Perhaps the most dangerous thing is encountering other vehicles going way too fast because it's such a mellow ride. As of June 28 Cold Creek waterfall is a slight trickle so don't come here expecting raging rapids. It is pretty though.

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Status: Open
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Nice short well maintained trail. A good trail to jump on from the 1N09 to get to the 38.

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Status: Open
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Took this trail to connect from City Creek to 38. Mellow trail. Lots of dirt bikes out on the trail yesterday.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail was open. It is usually cluttered with rocks fallen from the steep adjacent cliffs, but It appeared to have been recently graded. We used this road to access City Creek Trail

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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Closed. Posted on both ends. On the South end there was a manned vehicle with flashing lights parked along with cones across the entrance.

Author:
Status: Open
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Trail was open but quite slippery after rain, 2wd might have been possible but certainly risky. We took this trail after driving 1N09 City Creek west to east more out of necessity/accident to head back down the mountain. It was more interesting than expected with some cool rock walls, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drive it.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Closed
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We use this road to access the trails off the Santa Ana River down below. The sign on the right looks temporary, can't say the same for the sign on the left. There are identical signs at the bottom due to minor washouts and football sized rocks on the trail

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: I'll be traveling up the mountain to Big Bear next week, can this trail be traveled from Point5 to Point 1 or is it a one way trail?
–Jordan Lee (09/07/2018)
–Josh Noesser (09/07/2018)

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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