Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV

The MOST popular off-highway vehicle trail in California.

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Northeast of San Bernardino and Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino National Forest, the Forest OHV System (aka Big Bear OHV) consists of 36 miles of OHV trails and 169 miles of forest roads (open to green sticker/red sticker usage). The trails are primarily in the Cajon, Arrowhead and Big Bear areas. There is a smaller system in the San Jacinto area.

The best trailheads are: Pinnacles Staging area near Lake Arrowhead, Cactus Flats Staging area near Big Bear, Big Pine Flats Campground, Horse Spring Campground, and Crab Flats Campground

Note: The forest does not have open areas for hill-climbing activities, cross country travel or motor cross tracks for racing.

A good place to start exploring is the Pinnacles Staging Area. The Pinnacles Staging Area is located north of Lake Arrowhead on SR173. Note: As of September 2007, a rough section of SR173 has been reported closed -- that section is about 8 mile west of the trailhead. Make sure to approach the trailhead on SR173 from the east.

Overall, Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV is the 1st most popular OHV & 4wd jeep trail of all 100 OHV routes in California. Several of the better ohv/4wd trails are nearby Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV including San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area, Wildomar OHV Area, Bradshaw OHV Trail, Santiago Peak / Indian Truck Trail, Cleghorn Ridge and Cucamonga Big Tree Trail.


Local Contact(s):  San Bernardino National Forest (909) 866-3437; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "Guide To California Backroads Trails" from Charles Wells

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS North Shore Campground; NFS Crab Flats Campground

Luxury Loding:  The Block Hotel, Big Bear Lake (909) 866-6570

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Forest OHV System / Big Bear OHV

GPS:  34.29627, -117.21093

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  8/2/2016

ID:  18265

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