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3N17 - White Mountain

4.8/5 (22 reviews)
Big Bear Lake, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 03/18/2023

Trail Information


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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (22)
Official Crew
Temporary Closure
Visited: 03/18/2023

The forest service has deemed the San Bernardino Forest unsafe for public off-roaders to use until June 30th. For more information on this: If you disagree with the complete forest closure, please call (909) 382-2682 and ask to speak to the head ranger. You can also contact the head office in Washington,DC, and voice your concern there. (202) 912-7055 Another person you could contact your senator and express your feeling - (949) 598-5850 (Alex Padilla) or (202) 224-3121 (DC switch board) If you are unhappy with this at all, please make sure you sign up for the local off-road collations (Cal4wheel, and Corva). Feel free to reach out to them and ask what you can do. Cal4Wheel - (916) 381-8300 CORVA - 916-710-1950
Visited: 08/06/2022

Followed .gpx exact (west to east). A couple of washed out section along the way to the trail head (not on White Mountain trail). Must be from recent rain storm up that way. Only a few miles of following .gpx to get to trailhead, second washed out section of the fire-road was impassable. It was very sketchy. We never made it to the trail head. Turned around, headed back out and did Gold Mountain instead.
Official Crew
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Just ran the trail with some stock jeeps. It was the easiest I remember it. Even the one required obstacle was so easy it wasn't even noticeable. Only challenging parts are the optional stuff.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The rains/snow this year has washed/rutted out this trail pretty significantly compared to earlier this year, main trail is doable with at least 33s and some scraping. Frustration hill was difficult event for a 3.5" Lift and 37s(had to winch)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Accidentally did ******* hill going down FUN!!!

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