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Lake Arrowhead

Monday, April 18, 2016

Alt Names

Lake Arrowhead, San Bernadino National Forest, Pinnacles OHV Area, Mountain Top Ranger District, Willow Creek Jeep Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

Tucked away behind a wooded residential area, this park offers several miles of smooth and fast trails, a large staging area with newer facilities and great scenery. Trails are marked and rated but not very challenging.

The staging area does not offer direct shade but amenities include loading ramps, BBQ grills, picnic tables, vault toilets and a beginners loop trail. An Adventure Pass is required here which which must be obtained before arrival since there is currently no self pay kiok. Passes can be purchased at nearby ranger stations and stores. Camping is permitted as long as an Adventure Pass is displayed.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityLake Arrowhead, CA
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From: Lake Arrowhead, CA
1) Take Grass Valley Road north about 4 miles
2) Turn left (west) at stop sign on Hwy 173, continue 1.4 miles
3) Turn right on FS-3N34 (look for a sign for Pinnacles Staging Area), continue .3 miles
4) Turn right into staging area.

Note: The dirt road portion of Highway 173 that connects Lake Arrowhead to the Victor Valley area has been permanently closed. The road has been blocked at both ends with concrete K-rail and chains.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prostrails are well maintained, nice staging area
Consno direct shade in the staging area, not enough trails, area not easily accessible
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles3
Miles Of Trail5
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4500 to 4800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
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 little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
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 some intersections.Some
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.NoneArrowhead Shooting Range is close by (909) 337-7000
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
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 / SXSPermittedNot Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some AreasNot Recommended
permitted on surrounding 4x4 roads
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibitedpermitted at Lake Arrowhead Shooting Range (909) 337-7000
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
Must display Adventure Pass
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 (SE)Mountains Community Hospital (909) 336-3651
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Cedar Glen Gas Stop (909) 336-0916
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Shell (909) 337-4400
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)Lake Arrowhead
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Dogwood Campground (909) 336-6717
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Dogwood Campground (909) 336-6717
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Dogwood Campground (909) 336-6717
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Stater Brothers Market (909) 337-5854
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (S)Lake Arrowhead
Body of Water Water Body5-20 Miles (S)Lake Arrowhead
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (SE)Holloway's Marina and RV Park (909) 866-5706

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoSan Bernardino National Forest - Big Bear Ranger Station
41397 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
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.enjoythemountain.com
CommentGuided OHV tours and rentals.

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Lake Arrowhead Trail

The one-way only trails make it safer when you want to pick up the speed.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Lake Arrowhead Trail

The trails wind through the trees and up and down small hills.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Lake Arrowhead Trail

When the trails get into the deep woods, the soft berms are a real blast.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Lake Arrowhead Trail

All trails are marked and rated, most are one-way loops.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Lake Arrowhead Trail

The main staging area has restrooms and a kiosk.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

A trail at Lake Arrowhead Trail

The trails are not quite single track, but they are narrow and winding and smooth.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike doing a wheelie at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Lake Arrowhead Trail

This section of rocks is the exception, not the norm.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Terrain example at Lake Arrowhead Trail

This is a typical piece of trail for this area.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Scenery at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Terrain example at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Typical trail markings show ratings for each vehicle type.

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Lake Arrowhead Trail

Lake Arrowhead Trail Photo

OHV at Lake Arrowhead Trail

There are two large lots like the one shown here for parking / staging.

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