San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear OHV Area

The Off-Highway Vehicle system on the San Bernardino National Forest is one of the best in Southern California. A variety of experiences and a large number of miles are available for 4-wheel driving, ATV, UTV and motorcycle use.

The San Bernardino National Forest OHV system is comprised of designated routes and trails primarily in Cajon Pass, North Lake Arrowhead, North and East of Big Bear, and West of Idyllwild. The San Bernardino National Forest does not have "open areas" for hill-climbing activities, cross country travel or motor cross tracks for racing.

The San Bernardino National Forest offers 42 miles of 24-50" trails with an additional 166 miles of forest roads available for green sticker/red sticker use. There are 903 miles of road open to Sport Utility Vehicle and four wheel drive vehicle travel (104 miles of which are primarily 4x4 routes). The OHV system offers a wide range of experience levels including novice, intermediate, and expert levels and signed easiest, more difficult, and most difficult.


Cactus Flat Staging Area (Mountaintop District?East): Start
from Highway 18 (east of Big Bear City). Turn south on Forest
Road 3N03. Turn right on Forest Road 3N07Y. Proceed ¼ mile to
the staging area.