Holcomb Creek OHV Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Running Springs, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for bird watching and off road driving and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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ohv / off road driving

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rocky

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. There are many ATV and dirt bike trails in the area but green sticker vehicles are not allowed on many main forest roads. A Forest Adventure Pass is required if you stop to recreate. Difficult. No single obstacle stands out on 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 difficulty by choosing a more aggressive line through the boulders. This trail is not recommended for stock vehicles. Lockers, high ground clearance and undercarriage protection recommended.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
1 month ago

Getting to the trail was a little tough since the usual entrance (where Waze takes you) had powder so deep we would’ve damaged our rigs. Somehow when we got to the trail, there was ZERO snow. Going West to East, the first rock garden had water running through it (the more experienced guys and girls said they’ve never seen this) like it was actually part of the creek. Overal, really fun trail. Took a pretty much stock JLU Sport with a 2.5” spacer lift and 35s and got stuck on one part in the middle rock garden. Should have gotten out and walked my line instead of going in all cocky and i would have not gotten stuck at all. Scenery was gorgeous. Worth the trip... just go up with a couple other rigs that can help you out if you’re not as well equipped.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Trail isn't difficult if you have f/r lockers and decent sized tires....but the one thing about it is in the summer months, the dust is HORRENDOUS. Like the finest, talcum powder dust I've ever witnessed...worse than our desert fine dust in AZ. If you're in an open top vehicle....bring something to cover your face....not on John Bull proper, but getting there and getting out on the fire roads when encountering other vehicle traffic. It's really, really bad.

rock climbing
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Always wanted to wheel in the snow. Finally got my chance in epic conditions.

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Awesome rock gardens, gatekeeper grabs you right out the gate. Rig I used was 2012 JKUR w/3.5, 35s and 4.88 gears. Had a few pucker moments but overall was able to finish all obstacles with only a few scratches on sliders, diff cover and TC skid. Did manage to pancake my street muffler which needs to go anyways. Pick good lines and easy on the skinny because this trail can cause some damage if careless. Must do, Jeep badge earned!

ohv/off road driving
rocky
10 months ago

If you are looking for a hardcore trail this one is for you. Made it in a JKU Rubicon 3.5 lift on 35’s. Gave the skid plates a workout, but never came close to any body damage.

ohv/off road driving
11 months ago

Not for beginners.

ohv/off road driving
11 months ago

great trail some difficult areas but with large tires, lockers and ground clearance no problem

ohv/off road driving
rocky
Mon May 27 2019

This trail NEVER gets old! it is always a good one to go through I'd you take a trip to Big Bear. We do this trail in an 04 LJ 3.5" lift, 35s, and open diff with true track in the rear. Does the trail with ease. Definatly recommend this one .

ohv/off road driving
Mon Nov 26 2018

Great trail, highly recommend. We did it with a 2018 JLU Rubicon with 2” mopar lift, 37” KO2 tires and mainly used rear locker during rock gardens. Recommend stubby steel bumper for clearance and damage control.

Mon May 21 2018

great Trail

Mon May 07 2018

This trail was awesome!

ohv/off road driving
Fri May 04 2018

5 stars if hard is what you are looking for. JKU 2.5 lift 33 inch tires rear locker only. Destroyed my steering damper but no other damage. Never got stuck. but was pretty challenging. Big group took 6 hours. Don't solo it.

Tue Mar 27 2018

Great trail , have Lockers

Tue Mar 27 2018

Great trail run I took my Ford F-250 through there was very fun there even was like a little river running thru there .

Wed Mar 21 2018

We started at 2N06X, still very challenging....

camping
Mon Apr 29 2013

Backpacked almost all the way the the Holcomb Creek Campsite, but not from Big Bear. We forged through on the PCT from Lake Arrowhead @ Hook Creek Rd. A beautiful hike, not very demanding. A bit of up hill for the first 1/3. Then it flattens out for a bit and even gets some nice rolling hills w lots of shade. Even found a nice man made water spring to refill water bottles about 2/3 in. Camped about a mile out of Holcomb Camp for 3 days. Just beautiful and never saw a soul.

ohv/off road driving
Mon May 21 2012

the first picture up there doesn't look like any part of holcomb creek I have been on.. It looks very very similar to the gate keeper on john bull trial though....(scratches chin.....)

hiking
Sat Nov 26 2011

This is a popular jeep trail not so much a hiking trail

ohv/off road driving
Sun Nov 20 2011

This trail when covered in snow is about impossible

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