John Bull Trail

HARD 3 reviews

John Bull Trail is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Bear City, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.5 miles 1663 feet Loop

dog friendly



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers


Climb difficult boulder fields to camp spots with views above 8,000 feet Considered the toughest trail in the Big Bear area. The tough part is fairly short. Hike a short distance for views of Lucerne Valley. Forest Adventure Pass required if you stop to recreate. For latest information on this trail, contact the Big Bear Ranger Station and Discovery Center of the San Bernardino National Forest at (909) 382-2790. Large boulders and steep climbs. Lockers and very high ground clearance required. Not for stock SUVs.

8 days ago

off road driving
1 year ago

This trail is fun, lots of rocks. My first trail ever.

off road driving
4 years ago

OK this is the most popular trial in Big Bear Lakes and for good reason, it's alot of fun. It's not a 5 star trail in my book as I typically rate on how challenging the trail is from and OHV standpoint. A stock Rubicon or a Samurai on 31" tires can run this trail with a seasoned driver. It does change from use and winter run off. This trail has often been called Rubicon like, lots of big rocks to drive over and usually has an easier line if it's just not your day. A must do for the avid offroader if your in the area.