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3N34 East - 2W03 - Big Bear Lake, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.3 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

3N34 East - 2W03

Big Bear Lake, California

The entirety of 3N34 is known as Dishpan Springs, but in truth, it is like two trails in one. The east half 3N34 / 2N03W of this trail is extremely different from the west half just 3N34. The contrast is stark, like night and day. The east segment is a very easy trail that stock vehicles can take to get to the Crab Flats Campground or other group campsites in the area. Just don't venture past the sign / gate that enters the more difficult western half unless you are prepared for it.

3N34 - Willow Creek Jeep Trail - Lake Arrowhead, California
Technical Rating: 2-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.56 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

3N34 - Willow Creek Jeep Trail

Lake Arrowhead, California

A few miles north of the mountain lake community of Lake Arrowhead you will find Willow Creek Jeep Trail. This trail is amongst a network of OHV routes in the San Bernardino mountains in the San Bernardino National Forest. As you travel across this trail you begin to notice the forrest environment on the south slowly fade toward a hinting desert landscape on the north. This is most prominent as you pass 3W13 (waypoint 9) and turn to the north. Along the trail you will make two creek crossings ; willow creek and little bear creek. Both crossings are over concrete-slab fords. The east end of 3N34X (way point 27) offers the most fun of this trail for the adventurous offroader. This rutted, rocky hill was fun enough for us to run it up and down.

3N38 - Arrowhead Airport Loop - Lake Arrowhead, California
Technical Rating: 3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.7 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

3N38 - Arrowhead Airport Loop

Lake Arrowhead, California

This quick off-road loop off of the Willow Creek Jeep Trail passes by the Arrowhead Airport ; a fenced off, unlikely situated airstrip and collection of outbuildings in the mountains of Lake Arrowhead near Deep Creek and Devil's Hole. This trail offers a quick scenic run and travels along the airport's southern fence line.

3N43

Big Bear Lake, California

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3N45 - Cajon Bypass - Hesperia, California
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.4 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

3N45 - Cajon Bypass

Hesperia, California

This trail is a great distraction from the nasty traffic coming home from Las Vegas. If your sitting in gridlock near this point on the 15, exit at Oak Hill Road and hit up this trail. This is a short trail that, under the right circumstances, actually might get you home a little faster. 3N45 bypasses the peak of the Cajon Pass from Mariposa Road and comes out on Highway 138 which will take you back to the 15 at the Cajon Junction. When traffic on the 15 is stopped, this trail will get you moving again. That is, as long as the trains don't stop you. You will cross over two and under one train track as you near Highway 138. The trains that run this route are long and and slow. If they stop you, get comfortable, but most of the trains coming through here will be on the middle track which you can drive right under.

3N56 - Big Bear Lake, California
Technical Rating: 1
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.18 Miles
Duration: 1 minute
Status: Open

3N56

Big Bear Lake, California

This quick connector is a great way to drop between trails when running 3N17 – White Mountain and 3N16 – Holcomb Valley Road. At roughly 0.2 miles long, it takes no time to get between the trails and continue your day.

3N61 - Jacoby Canyon  - Big Bear Lake, California
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.9 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Closed

3N61 - Jacoby Canyon

Big Bear Lake, California

The trail is currently closed due to the Holcomb Fire, please reach out to the Forest Service if you are planning on running this trail for more details on when it will reopen (909) 382-2790 (voice)

Jacoby Canyon is a great intermediate trail on the backside of the Big Bear Mountain range. While on the trail, expect a scenic drive through lush forest, trickling streams, and lots fresh mountain air. Some use this trail as a short cut to quickly access Holcomb Valley from Lucerne versus driving up and around the mountain on Highway 18.

3N69 – Gold Mountain - Big Bear City, California
Technical Rating: 5-7
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.5 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

3N69 – Gold Mountain

Big Bear City, California

3N69 - Gold Mountain is one of the harder offroad / 4x4 trails on the Big Bear Mountain Range. The trail starts off by immediately winding its way up to just over 8,000 feet. Due to its technical challenges of this rock crawling trail and unique location overlooking the resort city of Big Bear Lake, this trail is a popular destination for many off-roaders. Besides the simplicity of the location, Gold Mountain offers drivers two different technical ledge/waterfalls, the largest rock garden on the mountain, what could be the best spot for group photos, and the best views of the resort town. But be ready, the trail can easily deceive most drivers resulting in body damage to your rocker panels or something worse.

3N80 - Delamar Mountain

California

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3NO3A - Horsethief Flat - Big Bear City, California
Technical Rating: 4-6
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 3.2 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

3NO3A - Horsethief Flat

Big Bear City, California

Situated in the Big Bear area just outside of Baldwin lake lays Horsethief Flat. This challenging off-road trail winds its way through the higher forest elevations,and down into a desert valley. The tall pine trees that paint the trail provide shade on a warm summers day, and offer great picnic locations. The trail lets you experience what the area has to offer with a drastic change of landscape in a few short miles. If you are interested in geo-caching, there is a cache hidden somewhere along the road. This trail is a must do on a weekend wheeling trip to Big Bear. Or a day trip the choice is yours!

3S04 - Main Divide Middle Northern Section - Corona, California
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.4 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

3S04 - Main Divide Middle Northern Section

Corona, California

One of the best long cuts that connects the Inland Empire and Orange County, this stretch of 3S04 Main Divide runs along the ridge of the mountain range for 3 miles with 360 degree views and is perfect for all off-road enthusiasts. While traveling along this route, it is common to see lots of wildlife, amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, and even more spectacular views of the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountain Range in the distance.

3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place - Anaheim, California
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 14.5 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Open

3S04 - Main Divide North End - Beeks Place

Anaheim, California

The northern section of 3S04 Main Divide Road can easily be one of the best kept secrets of Orange County, CA. This section of the route is one trail every Overlander and 4x4 enthusiast should travel for themselves when in the area. With some of the most rare items in Southern California, it can be pretty easy to say that this is probably the most unique trail in all of Orange County, CA, maybe California. The highlight of this intriguing expedition is the stop at Beeks Place, which was built in 1942 by Joe Beeks. Besides being at over 3400 feet in elevation, Beeks Place has standing gun turrets that were built back in WW2. The idea was if the worst case scenario happened to America at the time, an invasion from a foreign country, Orange County would be ready to defend the United States.

As you continue to the north, you will cross many abandon sites, some of them are for water collection while others are abandon buildings. You will also enjoy heli pads, many active radio towers, and Southern California's Doppler Radar Systems. But if the sites are not what brings you to this trail, then the view will easily cover that. As you travel the ridge heading north, you will experience 360 degree views with over 100 miles of visibility in almost any direction. You can easily see things like the Pacific Ocean, Ventura County, Downtown L.A., Orange County, Newport Beach, Riverside, Temecula, snow capped mountains of Big Bear and San Jacinto, plus many more amazing sites.

3S04 - Main Divide South - Santiago Peak (aka Saddleback Mountain) - Lake Elsinore, California
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 16.0 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Open

3S04 - Main Divide South - Santiago Peak (aka Saddleback Mountain)

Lake Elsinore, California

This local overland getaway is a great goto for people that live in Orange County and Riverside area. The trails are not known for a challenge but for the amazing views of all of Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside County. On top of that, there are many great spots to stop which are perfect to relax and get away from the hectic city life.

3S08 - Vista Grande - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.1 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

3S08 - Vista Grande

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

3S08 - Vista Grande is a little used offroad 4wd trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. It is north of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains. A beautiful trail at the top, in the pines, fir and cedar. It makes it's way down into a more desert climate and is actually in the Morongo Indian Reservation for it's last mile or so in the north. There are no signs, or gates to prevent your travel on the Reservation. Along with the trail it connects to in the north, it is the northern most Forest Service numbered trail in the San Jacinto Mountains. It meets up with 3S09 Hurley Flats at the end which you can take for a loop run back up to Hwy 243, a short distance from where you started.

3S09 - Hurley Flats - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.7 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

3S09 - Hurley Flats

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

3S09 - Hurley Flats is a 4wd offroad trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. This trail is perfect for the new wheeler as there are no obstacles. Pair it with a loop run with the trail to the east 3S08 Vista Grande for a day of sightseeing, photography, and fun. It is the most northern Forest Service numbered trail in the San Jacinto Mountain District. Though shorter than 3S08 - Vista Grande, it is a carbon copy with it's lower elevations almost desert like, to it's forested and wooded, green meadow like climate at the southern end. The northern trailhead is just off Hwy 243 on Twin Pines Road, and the southern trailhead ends on Hwy 243 less than a mile from the trailhead for 3S08 - Vista Grande.

3 Slabs - Parker - Parker, Arizona
Technical Rating: 4-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 0.6 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

3 Slabs - Parker

Parker, Arizona

Another one of those, "not really a shortcut 4x4 trails," 3 Slabs may have been named after early residents named this trail due to the finding of 3 head stones found along the trail. Near Parker, Arizona, this fun little off-road trail is packed with rock crawling and wash driving while the trail cuts the corner on Cienega Springs Road. The trail is hard enough that it could pose a challenge to a lightly modified vehicle thus this is a fun little side trail for people who love rock crawling when heading out to some of the other trails like The Duke, The Duchess, or The Desert Bar. The next time you are with a group and want to spice up your boring drive down Cienega Springs Road, take the "not so shortcut" down 3 Slabs and have a little fun.

4E03 - Corte Madera Road - Campo, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.0 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

4E03 - Corte Madera Road

Campo, California

Corte Madera Road is a connector trail between Espinosa Trail and Skye Valley Road that forms a 18-mile loop through Cleveland National Forest. To the north and west of the road is Pine Creek Wilderness, which is closed to motor vehicles. The highlights of this short road are the magnificent views of the southern California and Mexico wilderness and the numerous granite boulders that dot the landscape to the east. Along with this road, the 18-mile loop consists of the following additional roads and trails:

16S17 - Los Pinos Road

17S04 - Corral Canyon Road

17S06 - Skye Valley Road

4E03 - Espinosa Trail

4E03 - Espinosa Trail - Campo, California
Technical Rating: 3-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 3.1 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

4E03 - Espinosa Trail

Campo, California

Espinosa Trail is a short, fun connector trail that forms an 18-mile loop in Cleveland National Forest. The trail travels along Espinosa Creek in the southern end of the Cleveland National Forest and is bordered by private land, Pine Creek Wilderness to the north and west, and Hauser Wilderness to the south. The trail runs between Los Pinos Road and Corte Madera Road and offers magnificent views of San Diego's own version of Half Dome, the immense Corte Madera Mountain at just over 4,600' of elevation. Corte Madera, Spanish for "to chop the wood", was a heavily logged area in the 18th century, providing much of the timber for the southern California missions.

Approximately 4 miles south of the Espinosa Trailhead is Corral Canyon OHV Area which offers up to 50 miles of OHV trails ranging from easy to very difficult.

Along with this road, the 18-mile loop consists of the following additional roads and trails:

16S17 - Los Pinos Road

17S04 - Corral Canyon Road

4E03 - Corte Madera Road

17S06 - Skye Valley Road

4N16 - Grapevine Canyon  - Lucerne Valley, California
Technical Rating: 2-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 6.2 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Partially Open

4N16 - Grapevine Canyon

Lucerne Valley, California

Located on the north slopes of the San Bernardino mountains on the east end of Apple Valley and overlooking Lucerne Valley is a hidden gem named Grapevine Canyon. The trail starts at BLM Juniper Flats boundary and ascends over 3000 feet showcasing breath taking views of the entire Victor Valley and Lucerne Valley's below. The trail will twist and turn as it carves up the canyon walls while being treated with spectacular views along the entire way (you will also have plenty of areas to stop and pull over to enjoy the views and take pictures). During the evening hours, the city lights will light up the valleys below while still remaining dark enough to take in the starlight from up above. There are even some cool points of interest along the trail if you look hard enough - from rock faces to scenic views, you will find this trail to be very rewarding.

4S01A - Hall Decker - Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.1 Miles
Duration: 15 minutes
Status: Open

4S01A - Hall Decker

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

4S01A Hall Decker is just one of a dozen or more beautiful off-road trails in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild, California. This trail is a short spur off of 4S01 Black Mountain with a very private camping area at the end. This site would make a wonderful alternate trail if you find yourself blocked from further travel on Black Mountain due to winter approaching as this trail is 1500 feet lower in elevation. The forest is composed of Oak, Pine, Cedar, Elm and Sage. Many animals live here including deer, squirrels, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion and rattlesnakes.

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