Big Pine Flat Trail

Big Bear City, California 92386

Big Pine Flat Trail

Big Pine Flat Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This long, easy-going trail follows a winding route through San Bernardino National Forest from Green Valley to Big Bear City. Along the way it passes through a variety of forest scenery and the historic Holcomb Valley. The trail leaves the paved road near Green Valley Lake and follows a graded dirt road around the side of the range before dropping down to cross through Crab Creek. There are several excellent places to camp along this road. You can choose between the forest service campgrounds at Crab Creek and the very pretty Big Pine Flat, as well as many backcountry sites, either just off the main graded route or along one of the numerous side trails. The area is popular with all types of OHV enthusiasts, and there are lots of trails to explore, most of which do not appear on maps of the region. The trails use the green, blue, and black rating system and are clearly marked as to the type of OHVs that can use them. ATV owners should note that many of the roads and trails allow street legal vehicles only. Special Attractions: Points of historic interest in and around Holcomb Valley; Excellent backcountry camping; Access to a network of graded dirt roads and off-road trails. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."

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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
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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.
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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 and the very helpful trail guide provided on their website.

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Trail Information

Big Bear City
Nearby City
Trail Type
3 hours
March to December
5,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,600 feet
Top Elevation
San Bernardino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Keller Peak, Butler Peak, Fawnskin, Big Bear City, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake
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