3N17 - White Mountain

Big Bear Lake, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 04/05/2020
4.8 / 5 ( 16 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 8.59 miles
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


Highlight: 3N17 - White Mountain
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.


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1. Trailhead (West End) (0 mi)
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.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Fawnskin, CA

The trailhead is up on the north side of Big Bear Lake, CA. Make your way to Fawnskin Fire Station and take 3N14 – Coxey Road all the way back roughly 12 miles to where it splits with 4N16 - Grapevine Canyon . Take 4N16 - Grapevine Canyon to the east / right. The trail will be on the right at waypoint 7 on 4N16 - Grapevine Canyon which is not far down on the trail.



Trail Reviews (18)

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Hello I am planning trip out to this trail this weekend but I have a question. Are all the hard parts optional? This will be my first out there in Land Rover LR3 and I want to make sure I can bypass an obstical if it is too much for my experience. Thank you in advance.
–Fernando cortes (10/08/2019)
–Josh Noesser (10/08/2019)
Q: If I follow your GPX exact, will I be ascending or descending Suicide hill?
–White JK (05/10/2019)
–Josh Noesser (05/10/2019)
Q: Wondering if my Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk could make it... There's an easier bypass of Suicide Hill, right? The guy who wrote a review below made it seem impassable for me... Thanks!
–Frank Marino (08/08/2018)
–David Beas (09/30/2018)
–David Beas (09/29/2018)
–Josh Noesser (08/09/2018)
Q: How is the trail between 6, and 7? Is it easy enough to run starting at 7 and going to 6?
–Aaron (07/20/2017)
–Josh Noesser (07/20/2017)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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