Big Pine Flat Trail

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Big Pine Flat Trail
Photo: Pygmy cabin in Holcomb Valley
Trail Information
Other Names: 3N16
Part of: San Bernardino National Forest
Trail Length: 25.4 miles
Trail Time: 3 hours
Terrain: Mountain trail
Off-Road Use: Trail only
Difficulty: Easy Easy.gif
County: San Bernardino County, California
Nearest Cities: Big Bear City, CA
Map Links: Google Map Yahoo Map
Satellite Map: Google Satellite
Special Map:
GPS Start: N34 14.01 W117 05.32
GPS End: N34 17.63 W116 48.78
Google Earth:
Elevation: 5,500 to 7,600 ft.


The Big Pine Flat Trail, also known as Holcomb Valley Road or Crab Flats Road, is a long simple trail that winds its way right through the San Bernardino National Forest. Starting at Green Valley all the way to Big Bear City, this is scenic route. This trail is also called 3N16 and encompasses a number of historical sites.

The paved road forks at Green Valley into a dirt road going round the range down through Crab Creek. You will find many campsites off this trail. There are forest service campgrounds just off the road and others by the wayside.

A large number of OHV’s frequent these areas which have blue, green and black rated trails. Only street legal vehicles are permitted, except on the western 8 miles of the trail.

Speaking of historical sites; Belleville, Holcomb Valley, Two-Gun Bill’s Saloon and Hangman’s Tree lie on your path. To enjoy the details you can take the auto tour leaflet from the forest service which explains the history behind these famous places. You round off the trail to the west of Big Bear Lake on California 18. The Baldwin Lake greets you at this end.


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Maps and GPS Coordinates[edit]

Big Pine Flat Trail Coordinates: 34.233611° -117.092222° Coordinates: 34.233611° -117.092222°