|Typically Open:||Year Round|
(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||8500 feet|
|Duration:||About 4 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town:||Big Bear Lake|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Big Bear Lake|
|Official Road Name:||3N17|
|Management Agency:||San Bernardino National Forest|
|District:||Mountaintop Ranger District|
White Mountain off-road trail offers some of the best views in the San Bernardino Mountain Range. Close to Big Bear, it is a great trail for the type of 4x4 / wheeler that likes steep hill climbs offering alternate routes from moderate to extreme. This is also a good trail to run for the people who are looking for a enjoyable drive along the northern spine of the mountain range. The views along this trail are unique as for you can see Johnson Valley, Lucerne Valley, Cougar Buttes, Apple Valley, Barstow, Calico, and at night see lights of Las Vegas.
Rocks frequent and large, 12" and may exceed hub height. Holes frequent or deep (12"). Shelves to 9". Mud 8" deep and may be present on uphill sections. Grades to 25 degrees and sidehill to 30 degrees. Water crossings to 18" and may have strong currents. 1-1/2 vehicles wide. 4WD required. Driver experience helpful.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Warm days with cool to cold nights.|
|Summer:||Warm to hot days with warm to cool nights.|
|Fall:||Warm days with cool to cold nights.|
|Winter:||Snow is common for the area.|
This is the west most trailhead. The trail goes east from this point. There are signs saying White Mountain, thus the trail is rather easy to find.
The trail intersects with a spur off to a camping spot and the trail Horse Springs Road, please stay to the south if traveling east or north if traveling west.
White Mountain offers several obstacles, one is the climb up to the North Peak. While up there, you will be introduced to some of the most amazing views of the Lucerne / Johnson Valley Area. It is said on a clear night, you can see the lights of Vegas.
Suicide Hill is a crazy steep hill climb on the left side / east side of the trail that could easily be your last hill climb. If you are a bit insane you can try the climb. The final destination is the South Peak of White Mountain. While climbing this hill, you are subject to ascents of over 55 degrees, thus be mindful of how much throttle you are giving because one little mistake may make for a very bad day. You also need to be mindful of the rocks on the climb, since you are already at 55 degrees in spots, any extra lift on the front of the vehicle could be just a little too much and start you rolling the long distance down the mountain. The easy path is on the right/west and loops around the mountain.
This is the second overlook along the trail. From the top you will continue to have amazing views of the High Desert, Johnson Valley, Big Bear, the Ski Slopes on Summit, and Holcomb Valley.
One of the great features of White Mountain besides the views is that there are 4 exits to the trail, this is the midway exit on 3N11that takes you back to 3N16 – Holcomb Valley Road right at 3N14 – Coxey Road. If you continue straight on White Mountain Trail there is one additional optional hill climb similar to Suicide Hill that is note worthly. The main path is slightly harder then then the west half making it for a great drive to get some different challenges.
This is the 3rd Exit or 2nd Trailhead from the east most end. The trail shows on the maps as 3N56. 3N17 has a lot of flat areas in this spot that would be great for dispersed camping.
Tied in difficulty, this hill climb can easily turn a good day bad. The hill is full of large loose rocks and plenty of small loose rocks making it very slippery. You have to be careful or you could easily get sideways and find yourself tumbling down the mountain. The easier line is staying on the low side which is the north side of the trail.
The far most east trailhead at 3N16 – Holcomb Valley Road, this is a popular place to either start White Mountain or end it.
Starting Point: Fawnskin, CA