MKJeeper is putting together an interesting run on the 8th of August. It should be a fun one! Here are the details:
Open it up to anyone. A stock FJ should do fine, but there are a couple moderate challenge spots.
EAST BIG BEAR MINNING TOUR.
Rated - MODERATE.
Date - Sat August 8th - All Day run.
Meet at Big Bear Discovery Center (discovery center, - Google Maps
9:00 a.m. Leave at 9:15
Be sure to bring a lunch.
CB Channel 25
We'll be checking out some of the minning sites from the boom days when east Big Bear was a very popular minning area. There is still remnants of some buildings and plenty of mines to explore. Many are blocked off by the Forest Service, but a couple are still open to enter. Bring a flashlight.
We'll start at 3N03 Cactus Flats staging area off of Hwy 18, then to 3N03 to Horsethief Flats
(a moderate 4x trail). Up to Tip Top Mt. silver mine for a panoramic view of the So Cal desert (7600ft), then to the Rose Mine area. From there down to Heartbreak Ridge trail 2N61Y (also a moderate 4x trail) There are a couple of mines in this area.
We'll check out and Arrastre and spring in Round Valley, then on up to Juniper Springs, where there is a natural pond and an old miners cabin. (moderate 4x trail). Then on up to Onxy summit and Hwy 38. We may have time to do Lightning Ridge. Going up to a 9300ft peak and giant ancient Juniper forest, with an overlook of the city of Big Bear.
Rails and armor never hurt, but not mandatory. A stock rig can do these these trails, so long as the driver has basic wheeling skills--the skinny pedal is not your friend. Good tire placement and slow to go.
MKJeeper previously said:
Well I did the pre-run today. The trails are great - now I can't wait to do the whole run. I did Heartbreak in 2wd in the down hill direction, so this trail is good. It was my first trip on Horsethief. this is an awesome trail, VERY scenic. It has one rough spot (pictured), but nothing major. It's steep but no problems going up it.
I think all in all we'll have a fun, full day of 4 wheelin. Part of the run will be graded dirt, but the rest are 4x trails. So come prepared for that.
Items to bring:
Air pump for tires. Harbor Frieght has a $50 pump that looks just like the Viair 300. (if your on a budget)
A few lead-in pix.
One of 2 Arrastre's
Cool 60 degree mine
Dirt from the Rose Mine
Hill climb out of Horsthief Flats.
- H535 (Jeep friend)
- H535 (Jeep friend)
- "Papa" Pooh Bear
I know there are lots of "maybes", but I'm only making the list for confirmed. Let me know when you're sure!
Mike is going to make a prerun soon so I'll update the post with car prep requirements.