3N34 - Dishpan Springs

4.9/5 (25 reviews)
Lake Arrowhead, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 05/05/2023

Trail Information


Snow Wheeling
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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

3N34 or more commonly known as Dishpan Springs / Deep Creek and is a short but challenging rock crawling trail. On the trail, you will find mostly large granite rock climbs with lots of loose dirt on top, thus making for a very slippery challenge. The most challenging obstacle is in the second half of the trail when traveling east (commonly referred to as the Dishpan / Deep Creek Waterfall). This obstacle is responsible for the majority of rollovers in the SBNF trail system; however, there are multiple lines that can be used to get up it safely. Recommended vehicle requirements would be 32" tires and rock sliders. At least one hard locker would make it much easier, but it is not necessary if the driver is well experienced in off-road.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (25)
Official Crew
Visited: 05/05/2023

Trails are officially open https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1095216.pdf
Official Crew
Temporary Closure
Visited: 03/18/2023

The forest service has deemed the San Bernardino Forest unsafe for public off-roaders to use until June 30th. For more information on this: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1095216.pdf If you disagree with the complete forest closure, please call (909) 382-2682 and ask to speak to the head ranger. You can also contact the head office in Washington,DC, and voice your concern there. (202) 912-7055 Another person you could contact your senator and express your feeling - (949) 598-5850 (Alex Padilla) or (202) 224-3121 (DC switch board) If you are unhappy with this at all, please make sure you sign up for the local off-road collations (Cal4wheel, and Corva). Feel free to reach out to them and ask what you can do. Cal4Wheel - (916) 381-8300 CORVA - 916-710-1950
Visited: 09/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail, lots of fun very little damage to Jeep's. Great local trail to test your skills, 2018 JK 2 1/2" lift 35" tires, no lockers , one busted shock( happened before we even hit the trail) Made it through just fine.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail is extremely demanding. I have a 17 JK with 2.5 inch lift and 35s. No lockers, stock gears and i had difficulty. The guys on 37s and 40s had no issues but id say mine was the height as lots of rocks scratched underneath and i bent my tie rod stabilzer (luckily it was an easy fix). All in all it was fun and worth it. Gave me motivation to get some more upgrades done :)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/18/2022

Awesome short trail. I ran this with Trail Militia on a Jeep XJ group run. Obstacles are passable with good spotting and patience. Body damage is likely, as it's easy to bang up against rocks if not careful or you lose traction. I was an inch away from taking out my rear passenger door playing on a hard-line at the upper waterfall (Waypoint 4). Sliders and skid plates did their job (a lot), and bumper corners took some hits. My Jeep was locked front and rear with 33's and 5" lift. Most others had 35s. I didn't need to be pulled/winched and made the entire trail on my own power. 33's can still get the job done, even though 37's seem to be the norm nowadays. Check my highlight video, I'm the all-white XJ. :)

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