3N34 - Dishpan Springs

4.9/5 (22 reviews)
Lake Arrowhead, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 08/08/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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 (22 reviews)
Status: Open
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 :)
Trail Review: 3N34 - Dishpan Springs - landon shook
Trail Review: 3N34 - Dishpan Springs - landon shook
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Status: Open
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. :)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Tough little trail in the Big Bear Lake area of So Cal. Rated 6-9/10, and felt every bit of it. Video does not do justice. It looks and feels worse, but is very doable. At no time did I feel like I would flop. There are harder lines that could result in flop, but the short wheelbase TJ allowed me more options as its very maneuverable. Ran with 3 very well equipped JK/JL on 37's. My TJ is on 35's with rear locker and front Tru-Trac, and did just fine. Had to take a few attempts at a few obstacles, but never got stuck. Will feel some rocks from time to time, and a good chance of pin striping as well throughout trail. Trail is significantly more different than in initial post/description at top. Running it now compared to 10 years ago is much different. Seems like everyone is on 37's and up these days, chewing up the trails and making it more difficult for those on 33's and 35's. Still doable, just pick your lines.
Trail Review: 3N34 - Dishpan Springs - Paul Crawford
Trail Review: 3N34 - Dishpan Springs - Paul Crawford
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/14/2021

We ran up Dishpan Saturday with the club. I like this one a lot because its not Gold mtn/ john Bull/Holcomb like everyone else runs. I also think this trail is harder than Holcomb or John Bull. The optional hard line are hard and we had a couple Jeeps on 40's having a blast next to guys on 35's on the normal lines. Only bad part is the locked gate causes you to do 3n34 the entire way and it's a rough and boring few miles.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/13/2021

Ran this bad boy yesterday with a group of 10 Jeeps. I'm newer to offroading but have run trails like Gold Mountain and Heartbreak Ridge but this was definitely the most challenging run that I have done. Jeep has 3.5 lift and 35's but no lockers. Really didnt get stuck too much and made it thru with no damage or issues. We started on 2N17X (pilot rock) to 2N33 (willow springs) and ended at 3N16. It was a long day on the trails but we had a blast!
Trail Review: 3N34 - Dishpan Springs - Barry Dambrowski
Trail Review: 3N34 - Dishpan Springs - Barry Dambrowski

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