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Big Bear Lake

Friday, August 19, 2016

Alt Names

Mountain Top Ranger District, San Bernardino National Forest, Cactus Flats, Smart Spring, Canyon Spring, Squirrel Spring, Granite Spring, Arrasire Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This high desert area offers about six miles of ATV trails and 62 miles of surrounding 4x4 trails. Most of the trails are dusty with loose rocks however the Joshua Tree trail is smooth, fast and has many berms.

The main staging area is large and amenities include a loading ramp, vault toilets and a informational kiosk with trail maps. Camping is permitted but there is no water or shade so come prepared.

An Adventure Pass is required to camp or ride here which must be obtained prior to arrival since there is no self pay kiosk. The pass can be purchased online, at nearby Lucerne Valley Market or at the local ranger stations.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityBig Bear City, CA
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From: Big Bear City, CA
1) Take SR-18 east about 8 miles
2) Turn right on FS-3N03, continue 1.25 miles
3) Turn right at fork on FS-3N07Y, continue .2 miles
4) Stage anywhere.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prosnice staging area, decent scenery
Conshighway is tight and windy, and the access road is long and rocky, but there are not enough trails to make the trip worthwile, RVs not recomended, no shade at staging
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles3
Miles Of Trail6
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6100 to 6400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on surrounding 4x4 roads
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on surrounding 4x4 roads
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibitedboth wood and charcoal campfires are prohibited
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
CommentAdventure Pass must be bought prior to entry; $5.00 for daily or $30 for annual pass

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)Bear Valley Community Hospital (909) 866-6501
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Shell (909) 866-8037
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Shell (909) 866-8037
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Big Bear Lake
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Holloway's Marina and RV Park (909) 866-5706
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Holloway's Marina and RV Park (909) 866-5706
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NW)Big Pine Flat Campground (909) 866-3437
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Stater Brothers Market (909) 866-5211
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SW)Meadow Park Beach Area (909) 866-9700
Body of Water Water Body5-20 Miles (SW)Big Bear Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SW)Big Bear Marina (909) 866-3218

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSan Bernardino National Forest - Big Bear Ranger Station
41397 North Shore Drive
Fawnskin, CA 92333
(909) 382-2790
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoEnjoy the Mountain Off Road Adventures
29121 Hook Creek Road
Cedar Glen, CA 92321
(844) 386-6691
info@enjoythemountain.com
www.facebook.com
CommentGuided OHV tours and rentals.

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Big Bear Lake Trail

The vast majority of the trails are rocky, but not enough to take the fun out of it.

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Big Bear Lake Trail

The Joshua Tree loop is smooth and fast, with countless turns like this.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Big Bear Lake Trail

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Scenery from Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Some terrain at Big Bear Lake Trail

This is a pretty typical piece of trail here.  You can't beat the scenery.

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Big Bear Lake Trail

The staging area is huge, with plenty of room to play around.

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Terrain example at Big Bear Lake Trail

The deep berms and smooth turns of the Joshua Tree trail make it worth checking out, even if you are an expert rider.

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Scenery from Big Bear Lake Trail

The black diamond trails are actually fairly tame...  Some chunk, a few sharp drops, but nothing scary.

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Big Bear Lake Trail

The main staging area is huge, with various play areas for all skill levels.

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Big Bear Lake Trail

The hills surrounding the staging area have various tracks and play loops.

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Big Bear Lake Trail

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Scenery from Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Terrain example at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

OHV at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Big Bear Lake Trail

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Scenic view at Big Bear Lake Trail

Big Bear Lake Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Big Bear Lake Trail

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