For 62 miles of jeep-worthy trails and 6 miles of ATV trails, it is worth the trip to this high desert area in California. These trails are rocky, for the most part, but still loads of fun. The Joshua Tree trail is perhaps the best as it is completely smooth, curvy, and goes over several berms.
This trail does require an Adventure Pass, which can be bought at a ranger station or the Lucerne Valle Market for $5 per day or $30 for an annual pass. There are no shade trees at the staging area, but there are vault toilets, trail maps, and a loading ramp.
The staging area is unique among other parks as it is itself half the fun. Surrounded by a wide, flat, smooth area, bikers and ATV riders alike start the fun there by climbing the looping hills around the perimeter and just speeding around the open area.
This park offers a few steep hills, many hard-packed trails, some loose dirt trails, berms, trees, occasional vast desert views, and plenty of challenge for novice and amateur riders. Even experts will find a few trails rated for their level.
To get to the trails from the heart of Big Bear City, California, go about 8 miles east on SR-18. Take a right on FS-3N03 and drive another 1.25 miles. Turn right at the fork onto FS-3N07Y, and go another 0.2 miles to the staging area.