Backcountry Adventures: Southern California
by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )
© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.
Beautiful, easy drive through the mountains to Fawnskin. Trail starts at crab flats (3N16) with a bunch of side trails along the way to big pine flats (3N16) and continuing to gold fever trail (2N09). I went a few days after a light snow and the views were amazing. I’ll be back to check out some of the side trails, maybe even run the John Bull trail one of these days. Big bear is just a few minutes away from the end of the trail. I don’t think 4 wheel drive is even necessary for this scenic drive. Expect the full drive to take over 2 1/2 hours
We were planning on starting at the end of the trail near Baldwin Lake by the refuse disposal site but the trail end was closed, probably due to snow and the holiday weekend. We took the 2N09 off the 18 and hit the 3N16 from there. There was some snow pack and it was snowing on and off.
The views were awesome. The water was bumper high and about 30 feet wide at Crab Creek, it might be deeper and wider in the spring. The fresh snow was about 4" to 8" deep. I had 32" all terrain tires, brought chains but didn't use them. Any more snow and I would recommend snow tires or installing chains. We exited at Green Valley Lake Road and ate dinner a Blondies on the 18 just above running springs.
Awesome trip. Looking forward to running the whole trail in the spring.
As a beginner in Off Roading and with a Stock Jeep Wrangler, this trail was a well balanced challenge. Since i was there during Christmas Holidays, it was at parts snowy and in a few places icy. All the condition and the nature of the trail made up for a very pleasent trip topped with historical sites and an amazing nature. Many thanks to Trails.com and the very helpful trail guide provided on their website.
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