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Going to Big Bear for the first time, I'm pretty new to the jeep scene any beginner to intermediate trail suggestions?


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If you're going with a group and looking for something with a little difficulty then Gold Mountain is about the easiest "difficult" trail in Big Bear. White Mountain is also another good one that to me should be easier but for some reason I had more difficulty on it. Not a lot of big obstacles, just some steep rocky climbs.

If you're doing anything more than dirt roads I definitely suggest going with a fellow Jeeper/off-roader (although things can happen even on an easy dirt road too. Never travel alone) :)
 

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2N10 (Skyline) is easy (just a fire road with ruts) and runs from the ski area down the ridge. Worth doing once at least as there are good views. Watch out for mountain bikes. For a side trip take 2N11 to the overlook at 34.243872, -117.067916.

2N13 (Green Lake to Fawnskin) is also very easy and gives views to the North. The Green Lake end of the trail is hard to find (34.243872, -117.067916).
 

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One other trail is Cleghorn. It actually isn't in Big Bear but is close enough. It's just a fire road but has tons of off-shoots that vary in difficulty. Great trail for beginners as long as you're going with someone who knows what each off-shoot is.
 

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If you are new to jeeping and this is your first trip to Big Bear you should probably stick to the easier routes such as Holcomb Valley Road (3N16) and the intersecting "green" Forest Service routes shown in the map linked by @87octane. The "Gold Fever" route is a great suggestion for your first trip to the area.

There is plenty to see and do at Big Bear and you won't be bored, even on the "green" stuff. Be sure to pick up current maps at the Discovery Center and inquire about any areas that may be closed.

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P.S. - Gold Mountain (3N69) is a great trail (probably did it 50 times when I lived in SoCal and was a member of the jeep club that adopted it). However, it will be more than you bargained for as a new jeeper, particularly if you are travelling alone. I don't recommend it for your first trip.
 

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Gold Fever Trail is an easy and scenic trail with points of interest along the way. I have attached map of back country roads in Big Bear and information on the Gold Fever Trail. You can also pick up a map at the Big Bear Discovery Center/Ranger Station which is close to the start of the trail. 2N09 to 3N16 to be more specific.

http://backcountry4x4.com/files/SanBernardino_Mt_area_BCA_map5_for_web.pdf

http://www.bigbeargetawayguide.com/PDFs/gold_fever_trail_brochure.pdf
Butler peak for sure. Here’s a video I took at the top.

https://youtu.be/sf0azDxNvGg
Gold Fever and Butler Peak are both really good suggestions for someone new to the Jeep hobby. Pretty easy trails, but both will give you a feeling of satisfaction as they both have a "payoff" that is more than just the trail itself. This is especially true with Butler Peak, but even the Gold Fever trail has some pretty cool history.

Depending on what you mean by "intermediate" trail, (I have found that word can have very different meanings to people based on their skill level), I would recommend Tip Top Mountain (2N90), and the slightly more difficult Sidewinder Canyon (2N70Y). I was/am still a newbie when this video was recorded: (Sidewinder Canyon starts around the 7:45 mark)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_hf_pPhX5U&feature=youtu.be&t=7m15s
 
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