This is one of the largest attended events of the year! The annual Big Bear run has plenty of fun trails for all types of vehicles. Most staff and members will be camping. Trail runs will take place all day Saturday and additional runs usually pop up on Sunday.
Open to all Prerunners and 4x4s.
All vehicles should have a tow strap, at least 1 tow point on both ends of your rig(stock OK), a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, a fully working spare tire and tools to change it. Each run has its own requirements, see below. A CB radio is highly recommended for communications on the trail.
TTORA Camp in Holcomb Valley
Please have your vehicle ready for the trails!
Prerunner / Stock Run:
Geared toward Prerunners and stock 4x4s, this is a great run for the new comer or those just looking for a nice time in one of the most beautiful mountain areas in Sothern California. This run will be a tour of Holcomb Valley and the surrounding points of interest. Damage of any kind is very unlikely. The San Bernardino Mountains have a rich history and this will be presented as we visit the mines, town sites and other interesting or scenic stops along the way. This is a great way to introduce you and your family to the back county in the San Bernardino National Forest and to learn of its many links to the lands below. It will also be a great way to escape the summer heat by having a relaxing time in the mountains! Some stops will require short walks to view the sites. Appropriate shoes and attire are recommended.
Stock / Modified 4x4 Mild Run:
This run will cover trails such as Gold Mountain, White Mountain, Pontiac Sluice and Jacoby Canyon. These trails will include rocky hill climbs, small rock gardens and loose dirt. Body damage on these trails is not likely, however rock sliders and skid plates are recommended. 4x4 is required for these runs. Additionally, a rear locker and off-road tires are required for the White Mtn. trail run.
Lifted and Locked Hard Run:
This run will cover such trails as John Bull, Holcomb Creek, Dishpan Springs and Deep Creek. These trails are very challenging and cover steep, rocky, off-camber terrain. Minimum requirements include 33” tires and one locker. Rock sliders and body armor are also recommended. Body damage is possible on these trails.
Planned runs will vary depending on turn-out and some runs may be combined or cancelled as necessary.
If you have any questions please let your trail leader know before starting the trail.
You must purchase a Forest Adventure Pass if you park or camp in the NF. The forest rangers do regularly patrol the area. You can be cited if you are parked without an Adventure Pass displayed. Adventure Passes are good for four local National Forests, Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland and Los Padres. They are required if you stop your vehicle and participate in any form of recreation (i.e. any stopping). Complete details including how and where to purchase the passes can be found at www.fsadventurepass.org
. Day passes are $5 and annual passes are $30. The day passes are good for the date validated through 10am the following morning.
Also, if you are planning on using a stove, you will need a fire permit. They can be picked up at any local ranger station or the Discovery Center.
Weather conditions average mid to high 40’s at night and high 70’s to 80’s during the day at this time of the year. Please pack and prepare accordingly. This year we've reserved a group campsite for both Friday and Saturday night. The information is as follows:
Tanglewood: Near Van Dusen Canyon Road (3N79). BBQ grill, fire ring, tables, pit toilet. No trash collection. 7,542', 40 people; 8 vehicles; 25' space length.
We've contacted the Ranger Station and have been informed that the vehicle limit is loosely enforced but we are to adhere to the person limit. The fire ring allows us to have a real fire this year as opposed to the "lantern fires" of the past. "Pack It In, Pack It Out" will be enforced. Let's leave a good impression and leave the campground in better shape than when we got it. Due to limited space, camping will be given on a "first come, first serve" basis.
Turn onto Van Dusen Canyon Road (Forest Route 3N09) and drive for 4 miles. Turn right onto Forest Route 3N16 and travel approximately 2 miles. Take a right on Forest Route 3N79 and continue approximately 0.8 miles to the campground