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Old 12-18-2012, 10:17 PM
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beginner to intermediate trails in Big Bear?

I'm new to wheeling jeeps, I just finished with some mods. Can someone recommend some fun trails in Big Bear where I can have fun and learn the sport without getting over my head. I'd rather start slow and skip the body damage and breaking things until after I gain some experience.

I have a tera flex 3" long arm, 35 MTR's, no lockers, but I do have a limited slip dif.

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Welcome to this great addiction! If Big Bear is your destination should get your feet wet in the following order Jacoby Canyon (easy so you could skip) --> Gold Mountain or Heartbreak Ridge (equivalent IMO) --> Holcomb Creek. Not all at once BTW, I just mean that these are the trails you could tackle w/o lockers but w your LSD.

Dishpan could probably be done with out a locker but would recommend you get some seat time under your belt and I'm sure someone will say their friend's uncle's cousin's neighbor did John Bull in a Yugo with open diffs but I'd suggest you do the others I mentioned before you tackle that one. You're also going to want to invest in some rock sliders if you haven't already. This will be needed on John Bull and probably a good idea on Holcomb and Dishpan.

I'd suggest searching some of these on You Tube just to get an idea and then get out and wheel! Oh, and it would be a good idea to jump on to one of the trips you will see planned on this forum. You'll learn a TON by going out with experienced Jeepers that will undoubtedly gladly show you the ropes.

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Agree with what Baja said: Start with Gold Mountain /Jacoby. Work your way up to Holcomb.

Might want to wait until the weather clears up though. Probably don't want to do any of those with snow on them or when they're wet.

Cleghorn is a good one to start with too. Harder than Gold Mountain in many spots, but definitely a fun trail.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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It seems most people want to take their jeeps out and get experience before they join a group run. This is a big mistake IMHO. In fact, it never is a good idea to go out by yourself in the back country. (I'm guilty of this too). Things happen. But without experience and knowing the area you are just begging for trouble.
Gold Mtn is a fun trail. Most can do it without a problem. In fact, your jeep is set up to do that trail. But if you do not know what you are doing, you could get into serious trouble on that trail! I would not suggest you do that trail by yourself (for your first time). One thing that I have learned is jeepers love to help jeepers. There are lots of runs posted on this board. Find a run you are interested in. Introduce yourself and let them know you are new to the sport. Chances are the OP will be more than happy to give you all the help on the trail to ensure you have a SAFE fun trip. Who knows, you may also find some really good friendships along the way as I did! Play it safe and have fun...
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:13 PM   #5
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Rattlesnake Canyon in Lucerne Valley is a good trail to get your feet wet. It's a sandy wash with a few small rocks here and there. I did it in a stock Tacoma a while back when it was harder so it's fairly easy. I did most of the trail in the Jeep in 2wd just because it's fun like that in the sand. It will be super easy for your Jeep with 35s but it's a fun trail anyways.

There's a lot of cool stuff up in the desert, winters too cold for Big Bear . And like someone else said, find a group to go with.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:58 PM   #6
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If you live in San Diego area then you should visit Anza Borrego and Ocotillo for some large areas to get some fun time in.
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Are you kidding Ronnie? Your Jeep & it's 35" MT/Rs is ready for pretty much any trail up there. Without lockers it'd be a challenge doing John Bull but heck others here have made it through JB with smaller tires than you have and no locker.

The WF Meet & Greet runs that go up there would be ideal for you. Heck you need to make the upcoming Calico trip too.
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Im in Mission Valley (SD). If you ever wanna do a wed thru or fri run and explore the area's let me know. I'm down.. Ive done big bear for many yrs and most of it is what you make of it. Some are saying that Gold Mt is easy. There's one spot (bypass-able) that has gotten me in a bind 2x's. Every good rain brings new challenges. John bull for the most part is a safe trail, just challenging. No flipping, maybe flopping, and good potential for high center, stuff like that but wouldnt recommend it right now with the snow. Slippery rocks and hidden lines = trouble. There's a lot to do. You know, its a good drive to big bear from here. Like 160 mi ea way... You might be better off goofing around corral canyon or even Superstition or truckhaven. Truckhaven is a BLAST.. Be sure to get the 1st weekend off of March. A couple thousand people head out there for TDS. It's near Salton City, CA (check google maps). Its a ton of fun. Lots of V notches and a GREAT place to test your flex and traction in semi loose ground. Also just about 20 miles up the 15 N at the Deer Springs Rd exit is Lawrence Welk trail. Did it 2 wks ago. Has some "interesting" sections.
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That sounds great! I'd like to learn some new places.
Pm me and we'll set up a run!




QUOTE=brokenujoint;3122779]Im in Mission Valley (SD). If you ever wanna doa wed thru or fri run and explore the area's let me know. I'm down.. Ive done big bear for many yrs and most of it is what you make of it. Some are saying that Gold Mt is easy. There's one spot (bypass-able) that has gotten me in a bind 2x's. Every good rain brings new challenges. John bull for the most part is a safe trail, just challenging. No flipping, maybe flopping, and good potential for high center, stuff like that but wouldnt recommend it right now with the snow. Slippery rocks and hidden lines = trouble. There's a lot to do. You know, its a good drive to big bear from here. Like 160 mi ea way... You might be better off goofing around corral canyon or even Superstition or truckhaven. Truckhaven is a BLAST.. Be sure to get the 1st weekend off of March. A couple thousand people head out there for TDS. It's near Salton City, CA (check google maps). Its a ton of fun. Lots of V notches and a GREAT place to test your flex and traction in semi loose ground. Also just about 20 miles up the 15 N at the Deer Springs Rd exit is Lawrence Welk trail. Did it 2 wks ago. Has some "interesting" sections.
typical TDS

John Bull

Gold Mt [/QUOTE]
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Take Gold Mountain with another Jeep and have a great time!

I did Gold Mountain back when I had a '94 Ford Ranger with open diffs and All-Terrain tires!

Gold Mountain Trail


...the wife never got scared of the trail, making it pleasant on both of us.




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