3N03 - Smarts Ranch

4.5/5 (6 reviews)
Big Bear City, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 03/08/2019
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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 is 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

4.5/5 (6 reviews)
Status: Open
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.
Status: Open
Visited: 05/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

started from burns canyon easy trail I would rate this green 2019 tacoma long bed
Status: Open
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
Status: Open
Visited: 09/01/2018

Traversed through Smarts Ranch road heading north from Burns Canyon and the road was pretty simple except for the Rock shelf that we experienced first and the small rock garden shortly after. With some careful planning we were able to pick a good line and make it down safely through the rock shelf and the rock garden. Definitely need some ground clearance to make it up or down this rock shelf. I was driving a stock Ford Ranger 4x4 with 31" tires and was able make it through without any issues. Looking at the photo's of the guide it does appear this rock shelf has changed a bit to more of a challenge. The road is a good scenic drive with some good views on the north and south side.
Trail Review: 3N03 - Smarts Ranch - Mark Hartsook
Status: Open
Visited: 11/20/2017

Ran from the 18 to Burns Canyon, easy except for the last stretch where there is a rock staircase type obstacle that requires 4x4.

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