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Big Pine Flats

Friday, May 17, 2024

Other Names

Big Pine Flat Motorized Trail, Big Pine Flat Campground, San Berndardino National Forest, San Bernadino Mountains, Redonda Ridge OHV Trail, Malcolm Smith Trail, Wright Mine OHV Trail, Crab Flats Campground

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers about 10 miles of designated OHV trails. The northern trailhead is located at Big Pine Flats Campground and the southern trailhead near Crab Flats Campground. The trail can be ridden in either direction but expect some long and steady climbs if coming from the south.

The main trail is mostly hard packed and rugged with narrow switchbacks. The trail ties into Forest Service Road 3N34/Crab Flats, which heads north-west and eventually connects to the Lake Arrowhead Trails.

Camping with direct trail access can be found at Big Pine Flats Campground, which has 19 sites on a first come, first serve basis. Each site comes with a picnic table, fire ring and can accommodate trailers up to 30 feet.

Another camping option is Crab Flats Campground, which has 28 sites that can accommodate vehicles up to 15 feet.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 4/30
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA 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 UTV & 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 designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on designated forest service roads
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $29.00
RV: $29.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $8.00
Big Pine Flat Family Campground - $29/night. Crab Flats Campground - $27/night. Holiday Rate - $30/night


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityFawnskin, CA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Fawnskin, CA
1) Take Rim of the World Drive/3N14 north about 7 miles (road name will change to Coxey Road)
2) Campground entrance is on the left (west).


Contact InfoSan Berndardino National Forest - Big Bear Discovery Center
41374 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333
(909) 382-2790
(909) 866-3437
Contact InfoEnjoy the Mountain Off Road Adventures
29121 Hook Creek Road
Cedar Glen, CA 92321
(844) 386-6691
CommentGuided OHV tours and rentals.


Big Pine Flats Trail Photo

Big Pine Flats Trail

Photo Submitted 8/6/2016 (Thanks!)

Big Pine Flats Trail Photo

Big Pine Flats Trail

Photo Submitted 3/8/2016 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size16,000 acres (25 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5500 to 7000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly 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 mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has some shooting ranges or gunfire.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)AM/PM (909) 866-1075
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)AM/PM (909) 866-1075
Potable Water WaterOn SiteBig Pine Flat and Crab Flats Campground (909) 382-2790
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Lighthouse Resort and Marina (909) 866-9464
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Lighthouse Resort and Marina (909) 866-9464
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteBig Pine Flat and Crab Flats Campground (909) 382-2790
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)AM/PM (909) 866-1075
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