John Bull Trail
Photo: Off-roaders on the John Bull Trail
|Part of:||San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear|
|Trail Length:||11 miles|
|Trail Time:||3 hours|
|County:||San Bernardino County, CA|
|Nearest Cities:||Big Bear City, CA|
|Map Links:||Google Map Yahoo Map|
|Satellite Map:||Google Satellite|
|GPS Start:||N34°19.159, W116°51.267|
|GPS End:||N34°18.390, W116°54.722|
|Google Earth:||John Bull Trail.kmz|
The John Bull Trail has the solid reputation as one of the toughest and most challenging trails in the Big Bear mountains of San Bernardino County. This trail should only be done with in a group of well-equipped short-wheelbase vehicles. Lockers are recommended, but not always required. The entire trail is strewn with boulders of various sizes. There are a number of sharp drop-offs along the way. Be prepared for scratches, dings and flat tires. This trail is not for stock SUV's.
Running the trail west to east is somewhat easier, there is a campground at the western starting point. Most off-roaders prefer to start at the east end of the trail. The official start point is off of the Burnt Flats Trail (3N02), although many catch it at the end of 3N32.
Around April/May 2009 the ends of the trail has had more boulders pushed in to make more difficult "gateways".
Start on Van Dusen Canyon Rd. where the pavement ends and drive up 3.5 miles into Holcomb Valley. Take a left on 3N16. Take the third right on 3N07. After about 1 mile take a left on 3N43. After awhile you will come to a clearing and find a trail marked, "The John Bull Trail - 3N10". Its about 3 miles of sometimes technical jeep trail from here and you will come to 3N32. Take a right which leads you back to 3N16. Take another right and in 1 mile you will be back to Van Dusen Canyon Rd. Go left back to the road.
Maps and GPS Coordinates
John Bull Trail Coordinates: 34.319317° -116.854450°
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