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Old 04-08-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Big Bear newbie trails

This will be my first summer with my TJ. I haven't put the money together to put a lift on it, so I'm running stock suspension with 31's. I have a little place up in Big Bear so I was planning on going up there a lot this summer.

Can someone please clue me in to the easier trails that I can ride up in Bear? A link to a website, or a general idea of where the trailhead is are fine with me.

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:16 PM   #2
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Here are some mapped areas from Silverwood to Big Bear. These aren’t too difficult but it’s always best to travel with at least one other Jeep or stick to the fire roads.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1384569
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1308182
Cleghorn is an easy fire road but has some side trails that can be a little challenging. All can be bypassed though. The next section is Willow Creek Trail that is pretty easy but fun. Lot’s of connecting trails though so easy to get on the wrong one – we did. Dishpan is considered more advanced and labeled Black Diamond but I know people who have done it in stock Jeeps. My friend made it through with 29 inch tires in a stock JK Sport but had rock sliders.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1432303
2N17x is an alternate route behind Lake Silverwood. The Toyota flipped only because no flex with the IFS and he stepped in too deep of a hole.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1351285
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1351281
White Mountain is on the Big Bear side and mostly easy but does have one challenging section. You’ll know when you get to it and can turn around at that point if you don’t feel comfortable. Definitely not recommended to take that section if you are traveling with only one Jeep.

I have more, but these are the easier ones. Post up when you go and I’m sure you will find people to ride with.

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:18 PM   #3
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this book covers big bear well from easy to difficult trails.

Amazon.com: Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (9780966497649): Charles A. Wells: Books

we do runs alot up there so check the forum. you could do jacoby, white mountain, probably even gold mountain.
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You can get a stock TJ through some decent trails with the right line. There are several trips getting planned for the near future in BB. You should sign up for one. We will get you through the trails and not leave you stranded. A group is much better than going alone any day as you have help if you do have issues and it is just more fun with others involved.

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:37 PM   #5
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I'd be into a group trip if it happens on the right weekend. Our house up there is a rental, so I plan my trips at the last minute if the house isn't rented out. I'll keep any eye on the forum to see when people are headed up there. I'm in Redlands, so I can make a last second call.
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Here are some mapped areas from Silverwood to Big Bear. These aren’t too difficult but it’s always best to travel with at least one other Jeep or stick to the fire roads.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1384569
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1308182
Cleghorn is an easy fire road but has some side trails that can be a little challenging. All can be bypassed though. The next section is Willow Creek Trail that is pretty easy but fun. Lot’s of connecting trails though so easy to get on the wrong one – we did. Dishpan is considered more advanced and labeled Black Diamond but I know people who have done it in stock Jeeps. My friend made it through with 29 inch tires in a stock JK Sport but had rock sliders.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1432303
2N17x is an alternate route behind Lake Silverwood. The Toyota flipped only because no flex with the IFS and he stepped in too deep of a hole.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1351285
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1351281
White Mountain is on the Big Bear side and mostly easy but does have one challenging section. You’ll know when you get to it and can turn around at that point if you don’t feel comfortable. Definitely not recommended to take that section if you are traveling with only one Jeep.

I have more, but these are the easier ones. Post up when you go and I’m sure you will find people to ride with.

Great information thanks, I'm also a newby to the jeep world but have been off roading most of my life.

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