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Pine Valley

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Other Names

Cleveland National Forest, Descanso Ranger District, Bear Valley Trailhead, Kernan Cycle Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This moderately challenging 4x4 trail loop is about 18 miles long and consists of mostly hard packed terrain with a few rugged climbs. This trail is popular with 4x4s due to the close proximity to San Diego and easy access to the trailhead off I-8.

The trail heads south from the staging area but eventually curves north toward a scenic view point. There is also a connector route near this spot for machines 50 inches or less in width that eventually ties into Corral Canyon.

Paved parking, chem toilets, informational kiosk and a couple picnic tables are available at the staging area. There is no self pay kiosk but an Adventure Pass is required which can be picked up online, at the ranger station or at nearby stores in Pine Valley.

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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 WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


ParkingYes ($5.00)
Adventure Pass Fee - $5/day or $30/year
Comment*There are no self pay stations at the Bear Valley Trailhead; purchase of Adventure Pass is mandatory prior to entry - call (909) 382-2622.


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Nearest CityPine Valley, CA
AddressPine Valley Road, Pine Valley, CA 91962
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From: San Diego, CA
1) Take I-8 East to Exit 45
2) Turn right (south) off the exit ramp, staging area is straight ahead.


Contact InfoCleveland National Forest - Descanso Ranger District
3348 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-6235



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Miles Of Trail18
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation3850 to 4500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
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
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
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


Gasoline GasolinePine Valley, CA
Diesel DieselPine Valley, CA
Potable Water WaterPine Valley, CA
RV Hookups RV HookupPine Valley, CA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalPine Valley, CA
Primitive Camping CampgroundPine Valley, CA
Convenience Store Conv StorePine Valley, CA
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