Dishpan Springs, Holcomb Creek Trail and John Bull, July 4-5, 2003: The weather was perfect, but the bugs were, well, quite buggy. The trip started with our first run over the newly revamped Deep Creek/Dishpan Springs trail. continued…
Holcomb Creek Jeep Trail: 3N93
The Holcomb Creek Trail is one of the toughest and most popular trails in the SBNF.
Big Bear Area, Southern California
- Holcomb Creek Trail & 3N16
- Holcomb Creek & 3N16 Intersection: Looking up the trail, onto the rock garden from 3N16.
- Final Rock Garden
- The final rock garden will dump you right onto 3N16 and definitely leave you wanting more. Shown heading opposite direction.
- The "playground" is an open area, perfect to stop and eat. There is plenty of room to pull off the trail.
- The Rock Garden
- The rock garden is the highlight of the trail. Lots of mosquitoes hang out here. N34° 16.660, W117° 00.529
- Rutted River Crossing
- This rutted hill is your first obstacle after the river. Shown here heading the opposite direction. Nice flex!
- Holcomb Creek and 3N14 Intersection: Photo shows looking down Holcomb from 3N14. The road is easy until the river crossing.
- Lower Larga Trail (2N06X): This trail is one of the toughest trails in the SBNF.
Length: 5-1/2 miles
Time to complete: 2 hours
The Holcomb Creek Trail can be found in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake. The trail is available to street legal vehicles only.
You can expect to encounter large boulders, tippy terrain and puddles on sections of the trail. The US Forest Service rates this trail a black diamond most difficult trail and it is not recommended for stock SUVs. Body damage and breakage are a possibility. Elevation ranges from 5600' to over 6500' and during the winter months snow and ice add to the difficulty of traversing the trail.
Eastern entrance: 3N14 is N34° 18.027 W116° 58.940
Western entrance: 3N16 is N34° 16.521 W117° 03.049
Lat/lon format is hddd mm.mmm and WGS84 datum