Gold Fever Trail

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The Gold Fever Trail, also known as 2N09, is a scenic auto tour through Holcomb Valley north of Big Bear Lake. Named for an early prospector and miner, this remote valley makes you feel like you’re in the old west. (Many Westerns were filmed here!). Site of the biggest gold strike in Southern California in 1859, you can still find a few historic buildings and cemeteries. Pick up an auto tour guide at the Discovery Center.


On Highway 38 between Fawnskin and the Discovery Center, turn north on Forest Road 2N09. This becomes Polique Canyon Road and joins Forest Road 3N16, the Gold Fever Trail. The route continues east and comes out at the north end of Baldwin Lake.

Distance, time and difficulty[edit]

The auto tour is 12.3 miles. Plan on 2-4 hours to enjoy all the stops. This unpaved road can be rough, especially at the both ends. 4 wheel drive with good clearance is a must, especially in the winter months. Season: spring, summer, and fall (check for road conditions during wet seasons).

Points of Interest[edit]

Hangman’s Tree, Pygmy Cabin, Ross’ grave, stamp mill, views of Baldwin Lake.