Smarts Ranch

4.3/5 (8 reviews)
Big Bear City, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 05/27/2023

Trail Information


Smarts Ranch Road or 3NO3 as it is known by locals and off-roaders, is a mellow trail leading into the heart of the forest. There are not many side trails off of Smarts Ranch Road but it does paint some beautiful pictures of the lush green forest, as well as beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the early morning and evening hours.

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Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (8)
Official Crew
Temporary Closure
Visited: 04/13/2023

The road is temporarily closed. If you would like to read more about the closure:
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this with a stock 2008 Porsche Cayenne with ride height adjustable air suspension on oversized 31" all terrain tires. Trail rating is accurate. There are a few sections rated 2, lots of sections rated 3 and one steeper section at the south end just before it meets up with 2N02 that warrants a 4 rating. I used to drive this road all the time in the late 90s and early 2000's. At that time it was mostly difficulty 2 with maybe a few sections of 3. From my perspective I was AMAZED how torn up this road has become over the past 18 years or so. It used to be a fairly comfortable smooth road that any stock SUV could run. That's no longer the case. Now it's a rough and rocky road. Pretty obvious the Forest Service has done no maintenance on this road even though it's a primary transit route on the east side of Big Bear. I wonder if they just don't have the money for road maintenance or if there subtly trying to minimize public access with worsening road conditions.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took this road from hwy18 to it’s end at 2N02. Had 10 Jeep’s in our group and didn’t encounter anyone on this trail. The last portion at the end was fun, and the newer folks in our group enjoyed it a lot.
Visited: 05/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

started from burns canyon easy trail I would rate this green 2019 tacoma long bed
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/14/2021

Fun easy trail that made a nice loop after running Burns canyon. The only “moderate” section of the trail is right where it meets up with Burns 2N02, other than that short section it was fun cruising on soft sand thru beautiful scenery

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