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Gold Mountain Trail (3N69)
Head to Gold Mountain Peak via an exciting, rocky trail with great views of the lake.
Big Bear Area, Southern California
- Gold Mountain & HWY18
- Gold Mountain & HWY18 Intersection: Looking down the trail, onto Highway 18. The trail climbs steeply from the road.
- The Rock Garden Bypass
- The rock garden (3N69A) is an open area filled with rocks of all sizes. There are many different "routes" from mild to wild.
Length: 3-1/2 miles
Time to complete: 1 hour
The Gold Mountain Trail can be found in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake. The favored direction of travel is from South to North starting on Hwy 18 near Baldwin Lake. The trail is available to street legal vehicles only.
The US Forest Service rates this trail a black diamond most difficult trail. This trail is not recommended for stock SUV’s. There are bypasses including one around the talus slope that will allow slightly modified vehicles to traverse the trail. Elevation ranges from 6700' to over 8100' and during the winter months snow and ice add to the difficulty of traversing the trail.
The Southern entrance off Hwy 18 is N34° 16.418 W116° 49.170.
The Northern entrance off 3N16 is N34° 17.942 W116° 50.232.
Lat/lon format is hddd mm.mmm and WGS84 datum