|Typically Open:||Year Round|
(MODERATE - DIFFICULT)
|Highest Elevation:||5900 feet|
|Duration:||About 3 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town:||Lake Arrowhead|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Lake Arrowhead|
|Official Road Name:||3N34|
|Management Agency:||San Bernardino Forest Service|
Dishpan Springs - 3N34 is a short, hardcore rock crawling trail that is a must-do for any off-road enthusiast! Nestled back in the mountain between Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead, this unique offroad trail isn't something to underestimate. Comprised of two extremely difficult waterfalls, this trail will put the best drivers and rigs to the test. Be ready...the top waterfall might leave a lasting mark on your vehicle, no matter if you are in a built 4x4, Rock Buddy Jeep, or over the top Toyota. This trail will make you wishing it will never end.
Severe rock over 15". Frequent deep holes over 15". Shelves over 15". Mud bog conditions (long, deep, no form bottom). Over 30" water crossings with strong currents. Steep grades over 30 degrees. Sidehill over 30 degrees. May not be passable by stock vehicles. Experience essential. Body damage, mechanical breakdown, rollover probable. Extreme caution required.Read more about our rating system
From this point on, the trail gets much harder. But the good news is the spot is very large and provides plenty of space for a large group to stop here, air down, and disconnect the sway bars.
Once a deep water crossing, this bridge was added around 2003 to keep the trail open. This is a popular gathering spot because of the ample open area around the bridge and areas you can swim in. Pictures are of before and after the bridge was installed.
Immediately after crossing the bridge, you will encounter the first waterfall. The line towards the center works well if you keep the vehicle angled uphill and towards the right. If you start sliding to the left, you better back down and try again or you will end up on your side quickly. There is a lot of traction so go slow, and you'll be fine. There is also a slightly less challenging route to the far left.
After the first obstacle, you will go over a few small hills and some twisty sections but nothing to get hyped up about until you reach the main waterfall. Once you start your way up the long climb, you have two choices: a twisty rocky climb on the left or an easier-ish smoother route on the right. It doesn't matter though because once your up on top, your choices range from hard, harder, and dangerous. Get out and examine the trail at this point. If you take the far right line that goes directly up and over the waterfall, the risk of rolling over backwards is high. Immediately afterwards, traversing the off camber and extremely rutted center section is for lack of a better word, scary and has a high risk of rolling over onto the vehicles side. Don't attempt this line unless you have a low, wide, and stable 4x4 with a good roll cage. Your second choice is going around the waterfall and up the carved out center section. This route is tough with ruts so deep even vehicles with 37" tires might get high-centered on their axles. Recently, a new line has been created to the far left. This line is still very hard and requires at least one locker to make it through without a strap due to loose rock and dirt.
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.271151, -117.132033
Starting Point: Lake Arrowhead, CA
***East Trailhead.*** From Green Valley near Running Springs, take 3N16 – Holcomb Creek Trail roughly 4 miles and stay west after you cross the bridge.
The San Bernardino National Forest is a nearby oasis for millions of Southern Californians who want to escape for the weekend and go camping. The higher elevations of the forest mean that the summertime temperatures are cooler than the valleys below. And as an added bonus most campgrounds have shaded sites and some are near streams or lakes. Many campgrounds are adjacent to beautiful natural areas and you can find solitude on quiet wilderness trails. Some campgrounds are reserved campsites, and on weekends or holidays we definitely recommend making a reservation. To do this, visitors can go online to www.recreation.gov or call toll-free 1-877-444-6777. Most campgrounds can accommodate both tent campers and RV's. All campgrounds have picnic tables and restroom facilities, and some even have showers and other amenities. Most campsites accommodate up to 6 people and 2 tents. There may be an additional cost for more than one vehicle. The Forest Service describes camping as either "developed" (usually accessible by road and including facilities like picnic tables, restrooms and fire-rings) or "undeveloped/dispersed" (remote areas accessible only by dirt roads or trails, no facilities). During winter months some locations may be inaccessible due to snow or closed, check with the local Ranger Station for updated conditions. You are allowed to dispersed camp throughout the forest but you are not allowed to have any kind of open fire when not in a campsite. This includes a camp stoves, heaters, and anything with a flame. If you camp near any man made items, you will be required to display your adventure pass at all times. More info can be found at: San Bernardino National Forest Camping