Trail Name: Grout Bay Loop
Forest Service Designation: 1W05, 1W06, 3N14, Rim of the World Drive, Highway 38
Total Distance: 12 miless
Overview: Dirt road climb to rolling downhill singletrack. Out and back up to Grays Peak and then downhill back to beginning.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Activities: Hiking, Biking
Trail Type: Singletrack, dirt road, paved road.
Description: Head up paved road Rim of the World Drive. It will turn to dirt and mellow out a bit, then continue gaining elevation. You’ll pass YMCA Camp Whittle near the top, finally reaching Hanna Flats Campground. Make a left, and then head through the loops until you reach campsite #51. Follow the singletrack as it climbs out of the campground; this is now the Hanna Flats Trail. Stay on this trail as it crosses over several dirt roads, eventually reaching a sign for Grays Peak Trail. Choose this route for an out and back addition to the loop, or just head downhill, following the road/trail until it comes out at Grays Peak Campground. Make a left on Highway 38 to return to your starting point. Most noticeable on this ride is the scorched and recovering landscape; previously Ponderosa Pines, Oaks, and Manzanita, the Butler 2 Fire from 2007 completely transformed this area.
Trailhead and Parking: Park in Fawnskin in the large paved triangle in front of the Fire Station. You can also park at Gray’s Peak Trailhead on Highway 38
Trail Etiquette: Always be courteous to other trail users. All users yield to equestrians, with cyclists also yielding to hikers. Travel only at safe speeds, and stay on designated trails to protect our fragile mountain environment.
For Your Safety: Notify someone of your planned route and estimated time of return. Outdoor activities can be dangerous; use caution at all times and be prepared with water, food, and adequate equipment and knowledge. The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation provides this description as a courtesy, and does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. You accept all responsibility for your outdoor activities.