3N03 - Smarts Ranch

Big Bear City, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 03/08/2019
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.31 miles
Highest Elevation: 6779 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Big Bear City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Big Bear City
Official Road Name: 3N03
Management Agency: US Forest Service
District: San Bernardino


Highlight: 3N03 - Smarts Ranch
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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1. Trailhead from Highway 18 ( mi)
The trailhead for Smarts Ranch Road is easy to spot from State Highway 18, as it is marked with a large metal sign that reads Cactus Flats OHV Area. Turn off the highway and start your adventure into the forest, the trail is well marked. The trailhead is large enough for rigs to park off to the side and air down for the day's adventure ahead.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Big Bear

Smarts Ranch Road trailhead can be reached from several routes, this route will be from State Highway 18. North of Baldwin Lake on State Highway 18 on the east side of the road you will see a sign for Cactus Flats OHV Area, turn onto the dirt road, this is Smarts Ranch Road USFS 3NO3. Smarts Ranch road can also be reached from Burns Canyon Road, directions to Burns Canyon can be found here http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/801-burns-canyon.



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Clifford (Cliff) Bennett

Mapping Crew - California

A native Californian that has extensively traveled the Pacific Southwest, and now retired from an Engineering career with much time to spend off road. I enjoy off road travel exploring, and camping. Because I have the luxury of spending my days as I want, I am most interested in traveling overland and camping in dispersed sites. One thing I like about TrialsOffroad is the vast information about trails I have not traveled, and, to be able to set up a base camp and visit the nearby published trails. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved; I look forward to meeting many of you on the Trail.
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