Trail Name: John Bull
Forest Service Designation: 3N10, 3N43, 3N07, 3N32, 3N02, 3N16
Total Distance: 11.2 mile loop
Overview: rough dirt road loop with views of local rock climbing area and desert to the north.
Difficulty: On a bike this is a difficult trail; it is technical and demanding. If you hike this, the trail itself is moderate with the length being the determining difficulty factor.
Activities: Biking, hiking.
Trail Type: 4×4 trail, Forest Service dirt roads.
Description: This is one of the most challenging 4×4 roads in the San Bernardino Mountains, and brings with it a great challenge for mountain bikers and a first hand look at rough trails for hikers. Our suggested loop starts at the corner of Forest Roads 3N16 and 3N32. Head up 3N32 until you reach the turnoff for the Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, a great local rock climbing area. Turn left here (3N07A) and head south past the Pinnacles climbing area and through tight boulders. You’ll end up on the popular and sandy 3N07; follow this northwest onto 3N43 and then finally meet up offically with 3N10, John Bull. The rocky and boulder heavy trail awaits; if you can clear all of this on a bike you are doing quite, quite well. Pass several far reaching views of the desert north of Big Bear and then head down more boulders until you level out and cross over 3N32. Keep going straight and the John Bull Trail continues, with steep uphills and jarring downhills. Hit 3N02 and follow it back down to the main thoroughfare of 3N16. Follow this west and back to your starting point.
Possible Loops / Variations: You can break this off into two smaller loops and do them one at a time.
Trailhead and Parking: Park off the road at the corner of 3N16 and 3N32. Be discreet, find a good spot, and pull completely off the road without hurting the forest.
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.
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