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Holcomb (Deep) Creek Trail - Review
Location:  Northwest of Big Bear Lake between Green Valley and Fawnskin
Difficult Rating:  Difficult.  No single obstacle stands out in this trail; it's just one challenging boulder field after another.  Narrow and tippy in places.  Wet tires add to the difficulty as the trail crosses tributaries to Holcomb Creek.  You can also increase the diffculty by choosing a more aggressive line through the boulders.  This trail is not recommended for stock SUVs.  Lockers, high ground clearance and undercarriage protection recommended.
Features:  An interesting hardcore trail that winds along Holcomb Creek.  The Rock Garden begins the trail and sets the stage for what's ahead.  You can explore a difficult side trail through Lower Largo Flats (F.S. 2N06X).
Time and Distance:  Just under 6 miles.  Allow 2 to 3 hours depending upon size of group and capability of vehicles.  Add more time for 2N06X.
To Get There:  Go north on Green Valley Lake Road from highway 18 just northeast of Arrowhead Lake near mile marker 34.5.  Green Valley Lake Road is marked with a small street sign and is easy to miss.  After 2.6 miles, turn left on wide dirt road F.S. 3N16.  Follow signs to Crab Flats Campground.  After a couple of miles, you'll go by a small staging area for 2N12X, a green sticker trail.  Ignore lesser side roads that branch off.  The road to Crab Flats Campground goes left soon after the paved section begins.  This also takes you to Dishpan Springs Trail.  To reach Holcomb Creek, bear right and go another 2.8 miles.  Look for small signs on the right along a paved section when it turns sharply left.  
Return Trip:  Right on 3N14 goes downhill to Fawnskin on highway 38 along the north rim of Big Bear Lake.  As you go downhill, watch for 2N13 which goes right to Butler Peak.  Left on 3N14 goes uphill to major Forest Road 3n16.  If you turn right on 3N16 it will eventually take you to the John Bull Trail.  When you finish Holcomb Creek, turn left on 3N14.  Go uphill less than a tenth of a mile and turn right on a smaller road.  Although sings are confusing, this is F.S. 3N08.  Reset your odometer.  Continue straight at .4 miles when a road joins on the right.  You can see Holcomb Creek below in the right at 3.7 miles.  At first, you may not notice the road that goes left.  Go straight at 3.8 miles as a road joins on the right.  Drop down into a steep gully and climb out the other side.  To your left is a large rock wall of a strip mine.  You reach F.S. 3N16 at 4.6 miles.  Turn right and go east 5.5 miles to reach John Bull Trail.
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