3N34 - Willow Creek Jeep Trail

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4.7/5 (35 reviews)
Lake Arrowhead, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 05/09/2023

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A few miles north of the mountain lake community of Lake Arrowhead you will find Willow Creek Jeep Trail. This trail is amongst a network of OHV routes in the San Bernardino mountains in the San Bernardino National Forest. As you travel across this trail you begin to notice the forrest environment on the south slowly fade toward a hinting desert landscape on the north. This is most prominent as you pass 3W13 (waypoint 9) and turn to the north. Along the trail you will make two creek crossings ; willow creek and little bear creek. Both crossings are over concrete-slab fords. The east end of 3N34X (way point 27) offers the most fun of this trail for the adventurous offroader. This rutted, rocky hill was fun enough for us to run it up and down.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Willow Creek Jeep Trail is the west end of the Crab Flats OHV trail, 3N34, in the San Bernardino National Forest, north of Lake Arrowhead. When this trail is run from west to east, it leads into Dishpan Springs. Willow Creek can be combined with Cleghorn Ridge , Pilot Rock, Dishpan Springs and 3N16 for an overland mountain trek across the San Bernardino mountains with minimal pavement contact. This trail is mostly easy, with short moderate sections. Though some sections are marked as black diamond ratings, a moderate blue is more accurate for these sections and an easy green is accurate for most of the trail. The short section of 3N34 between waypoints 14 and 15 is also known as Ash Meadows Road. The 2.5 mile long section of 3N34 from waypoint 17 through 24 is also known as Squint Ranch Road. This is a great trail for beginners who are looking to try a little more than a fire road. **Permit information:** A permit (forest adventure pass) is not required to run this trail. It is only needed if you park at an area with improved facilities; toilets, picnic tables, fire rings. The Splinters Cabin Picnic Area, at the end of 3N34C (Waypoint 22), off the south end of this trail, or the Pinnacles OHV Staging Area at Waypoint 2, are examples of where you should have an adventure pass.

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (35)
Visited: 07/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Did this trail from waypoint 20 to 24 after Rouse. It is better than Rouse, but you cannot exit on onto Hook Creek Road/2N26Y as the gate is locked. You either continue on Willow Creek or double back.
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Visited: 05/05/2023

There is a new forest order overwriting the previous closures. Most trails, including this one, are open again. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1105593.pdf
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Temporary Closure
Visited: 03/18/2023

Unnecessary temporary closure of pretty much all of San Bernardino National forest. 🙄 Forest Order No. 05-12-00-23-03
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 09/27/2022

Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Did the trail west to east in a stock Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. Trail is way harder than what it says…. Gate at the end is locked so had to backtrack a bit… 4 low is useful as it saves your brakes…

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