3N06A Cold Water Canyon

Lytle Creek, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 07/08/2018
4.6 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2 miles
Highest Elevation: 6759 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Lytle Creek
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fontana
Official Road Name: 3N06A Cold Water Canyon
Management Agency: San Bernardino National Forest
District: Front Country Ranger District
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Highlight: 3N06A Cold Water Canyon
3N06A Cold Water Canyon, in the San Bernardino National Forest, is one of a dozen trails in the Lytle Creek system. This trail is a short spur off of 3N06 Stockton Flats, the main trail in the north fork of Lytle Creek. A major attraction to the area is the location of 19 Yellow Post camping sites, three of which are on this trail. Travel to this area is no more than 2 hours from anywhere in Southern California, and yet, with a properly equipped 4wd vehicle, you can make your camping experience as remote as you like. Prepare yourself for every forest creature you can imagine, and remember, this is their home. Cold Water Canyon is suitable for the newbie 4-wheeler but tough enough for all to enjoy. Pack your picnic lunch or camping gear and enjoy this trail.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is to the left off of 3N06 Stockton Flats. You are immediately in the north fork of Lytle Creek. Use extreme caution in rainy weather. If you continued on 3N06 Stockton Flats, you would come to a designated campsite in 0.2-miles on your left.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.294710, -117.566091

Starting Point: Fontana

From Fontana at the 15 Freeway and Sierra Avenue off-ramp, go north on Sierra Ave (which becomes Lytle Creek Road), 11.2 miles until the pavement ends. This is the trailhead for 3N06 Stockton Flats. Continue north 1.4 miles on Stockton Flats to 3N06A Cold Water Canyon trailhead on your left.

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Trail Reviews (11)

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Fun trail with great views!

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This trail is better than Paiute IMHO. Better views and better camping spots! Stock with a little lift made it easy. Tons of people out in the trails.

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Definitely a fun trail with a few sections towards the end where your suspension definitely flexes out.

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Nice fun trail that offers nice views and some fun challenges that most stock 4x4 can do. I had no problem on my JLU on 4H But it was more challenging then what I seen on YouTube or here on trailsoffroad, there is still some snow up there but nothing to worry about, this is a great trail for a day adventure or a Quick weekend camping trip.

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Nice trail with some great views as you climb. It’s slow going as it’s very rocky, most rocks are small until you start making your way up from waypoint 4 to waypoint 5, then you have to put a little thought into your lines in a couple spots and not positive a stock rig can reach it without bottoming out. I can see this area being tricky if the road is icy. I have a JKU on 33’s with 2” lift, open diffs and didn’t have any issues.

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First time on this trail, and we went in January. This was a few weeks after a big snow storm hit the area hard, and while the majority of the snow had melted away, we still had plenty of snow to play around in. The snow was still heavy/deep enough further into the trail that we had to turn around. Great scenic trail. Will go back again in spring/summer to make it to the end.

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Did this trail last weekend in my XJ. I didn’t need lockers at any point (until I got to the snow portion) but having a lift and 4wd was nice. Snow makes this trail super sketchy, at some points I had to have a spotter to keep from going off the snow bank and down the cliff. Recommended at least 33’s and 4low, but portions you may be better off with lockers and 35’s+. Fun trail, one of my favorites when Cleggy is busy.

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Finished trail with an Fj60 with 2.5" lift with 31" tires with no problems. Definitely need 4WD after waypoint 3 because of loose rocks, incline, and very rutted sections. My skid plates made contact with the rocks a couple times between waypoint 3 and 4 with just scratches underneath. I'm sure any mildly lifted vehicle 2wd or 4wd could reach up to the first campsite at waypoint 3. I was the only one on the trail at the time and no one was at any of the campsites. UPDATE: Did this trail again with a buddy. I drove an FJ60 with 2.5" lift and 33" tires no problems all the way up. My buddy drove a stock 2nd gen 4runner 2WD with lockers and 31" tires also made it up no problems. If you are driving 2WD, rear lockers are a must and will need momentum and speed to clear many obstacles.

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There entrance to the trail was pretty washed out and there are a lot of rutted sections between the 1st and 2nd waypoints, probably from all the heavy rains in February. I tried it in 2wd but ended up having to switch to 4wd because I got stuck. I was running a stock 4x4 with 2" lift and slightly bigger than stock tires so just a heads up for anyone trying this in a 2wd, I definitely would have gotten stuck in a few sections. Couldn't make it past the 3rd waypoint due to a tricky horizontal rut with a very narrow line unless you have big tires/lift. A bit of snow up there still which was nice. A great trail, but a stock rig might have some difficulty unless you have a good spotter and some experience!

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I did this trail to Waypoint #5 (Yellow Post Site #19 Cone Camp). The first leg section from the trail head to Waypoint 2/3 (the first camp sites) is relatively easy where you will be driving primarily over loose shale / rocks. Starting at Waypoint 4 is when this trail gets interesting. There are lots of ruts and dips created by large rocks and/or sunken dirt. With a stock 4x4, go slow in these areas even with a good line because you may make contact with the shale and loose rocks with your underside. But I feel like the section from Waypoint #4 to Waypoint #5 is a nice section for novice offroaders to try out a trail that requires a bit of thought.

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I love this trail. A combination of driving challenge, scenic beauty and some great yellow post campsites make this an excellent wheeling destination. My stock JKU had no problems with the trail

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Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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