Big Bear Bronco Bash XXIII

Big Bear Bronco Bash is So Cal Bronco’s annual Main Event.  Now in it’s 23rd year, “The Bash” is a long weekend of Bronco Enthusiasts coming together to hit the trails and hang out.  BBBB is an “unevent,” meaning there is no official registration, no steering committee, and no official schedule.  It is absolutely FREE to attend Big Bear Bronco Bash and enjoy whatever is going on, as we have no official apparatus for charging money and incurring costs.  But that doesn’t mean nothing happens.  Far from it!  BBBB is an all-volunteer event, with individuals and groups stepping forward to make each aspect of the event happen.  In some cases they will ask for and accept donations to help cover their costs.  But attendance and participation is free.  That said, a “DIY” event like this does place some responsibility on each participant.  There is nobody to herd you, nobody to tell you where to go and what to do.  So it’s up to you to join in the discussions and find out how to make the most of the event.

The Nitty Gritty

What:
Big Bear Bronco Bash XXIII

When:
June 6-9, 2024

Where:
Big Bear Lake, CA

Who:
So Cal Broncos, the Ford Bronco Brotherhood of Southern California

Cost:
Zero. There is no charge to attend So Cal Broncos events.

Why:
Because Broncos were made to WHEEL, not to be babied and hauled to auctions.

LOCATION

Big Bear Bonco Bash takes place on the trails of the San Bernardino National Forest around Big Bear Lake. Our event headquarters is located at:

The Majestic Moose Lodge
39328 Big Bear Blvd,​
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-9586

All BBBB group activities except runs and run staging, are held in the common area at the Majestic Moose Lodge. If you are not lodging at the Moose, you are welcome to attend these group events as a guest. If attending as a guest, please park somewhere along the outside perimeter of the resort, in order to avoid congestion and poaching of registered guests’ parking spaces. Please respect the resort and its owners, pick up after yourself and leave the facilities as clean as you found them.

Coming to BBBB? Here’s What You Need To Do ASAFP:

    1. Get Your Lodging Squared Away: Click Here
    2. Order your BBBBXXII T-Shirt (not quite yet!)
    3. Plan Your Runs (info will be posted)
    4. Get Your Junk Into Working Order!

The Trails of Big Bear Bronco Bash

Hitting the trails with your So Cal Broncos brothers and sisters is the greatest thing about Big Bear Bronco Bash!  Plan ahead so you’ll know what trail you’re doing each day so you can make the most of your time in Big Bear.  Below are some of our favorite trails in the area.  Check them out then go to the Run List & Signup pages on the So Cal Broncos forum to choose your trails for Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

EASY Trails in the Big Bear Area

Easy trails are suitable for stock 4X4’s as well as 2WD trucks and SUV’s with sturdy tires and good ground clearance. These may include seldom-maintained forest roads with occasional mild obstacles including ruts from runoff, mild rocky sections and moderate grades. Some sort of traction control device such as a limited slip in at least one differential may be helpful in some places but careful tire placement should suffice for 2WD vehicles with an open diff. Airing down is generally not necessary but may be beneficial for ride comfort. As road conditions may change, travel in groups and carry recovery and emergency equipment.  Looking for something even easier? Scroll to the bottom of this list for some self-guided auto tours on graded roads suitable for all vehicles.

Burns Canyon Road

Burns Canyon Road

An easy route from the mountains to the desert. Beginning near the shore of Baldwin Lake, east of...

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Delamar Mountain

Delamar Mountain

Delamar Mountain Loop is a 9-mile route that almost fully circumnavigates Delamar Mountain, just...

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Coon Creek

Coon Creek

An easy route with spectacular views. The trail may be run in either direction, but is...

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Front Line Road

Front Line Road

A scenic route across the bench above the Santa Ana River. Front-Line Road (Forest Service road...

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Wildhorse Meadows

Wildhorse Meadows

Wildhorse Meadows is an easy trail for stock vehicles.  It does reach an elevation of 8700 feet,...

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Clark’s Grade

Clark’s Grade

A beautiful descent into (or climb out of) the vast Santa Ana River Gorge to the south of Big Bear...

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MODERATE Trails in the Big Bear Area

Moderate trails are best suited for upgraded 4X4’s with at least one traction device, preferably a “hard” locker, and at least 33″ tires. Body damage is not likely, however rocker panel protection may come in handy for the occasional obstacle. Airing down for traction is recommended, so tire deflators and a method to air back up would be helpful. Trails may also get a Moderate rating for having long, sustained climbs which may tax cooling systems. Be sure your vehicle is in good working order, travel in groups and carry recovery gear and emergency equipment.

The Squeeze

The Squeeze

The Squeeze is a short but fun trail that connects Holcomb Valley to the John Bull Junction area...

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Horsethief Flat

Horsethief Flat

Located to the east of Baldwin Dry Lake, Horsethief Flat is a hidden valley located at the end of...

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Little John Bull

Little John Bull

So Cal Broncos very own adopted trail, Little John Bull, runs the eastern section of FS road 3N10,...

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Rattler Loop

Rattler Loop

This short loop is only a mile long but boasts several fairly technical obstacles. Consisting of...

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Heartbreak Ridge

Heartbreak Ridge

Heartbreak Ridge is a special place for So Cal Broncos, as the Alan Rowe Monument was placed here...

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DIFFICULT Trails in the Big Bear Area

Difficult trails are best tackled in a lifted 4X4 with at least 35″ tires and two lockers, at least one of which is a “hard” locker. Sturdy bumpers and body armor are recommended to prevent sheet metal damage, especially in the rocker panel area. Airing down will be necessary. Recovery operations should be expected, so it is recommended to have at least one winch in the group as well as recovery straps and suitable attachment points on all vehicles. Fuel, brakes, steering and cooling systems should all be in top shape. Travel in groups and be prepared for emergencies. Carry extra food, water, warm clothes and lighting, and be prepared for a long day on the trail, possibly stretching into night.

John Bull

John Bull

One of Big Bear’s toughest trails, “Big” John Bull (to differentiate it from “Little” John Bull,...

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Holcomb Creek

Holcomb Creek

Forest Service Road 3N93 runs along Holcomb Creek, from its intersection with the easy,...

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Gold Mountain

Gold Mountain

Gold Mountain is located northeast of Big Bear Lake, along the north shore of Baldwin Dry Lake. We...

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Dishpan Springs

Dishpan Springs

The eastern-most trail usually ran at Big Bear Bronco Bash, Dishpan Springs covers a section of...

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EXTREME Trails in the Big Bear Area

Extreme trails are best left to purpose-built rock crawling buggies and highly modified 4X4’s with at least 37″ tires, two hard lockers, low gearing and upgraded steering components. Heavy duty bumpers and body armor are necessary, and body damage may still be possible. Well-built cages which extend forward to surround the cockpit and safety restraints are required as rollovers are possible. Every vehicle should be equipped with a winch, recovery gear and hard attachment points. Drivers should be experienced. Be prepared for breakage by carrying tools and spare parts. Carry extra food and water as well as warm clothes in case a long day on the trail extends into night.

Sidewinder

Sidewinder

The toughest trail in the San Bernardino Mountains, though it’s down the eastern slope close to...

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Scenic GRADED ROADS in the Big Bear Area

These routes uses well-maintained graded dirt roads that are suitable for any street vehicle with sturdy tires, as four-wheel-drive and high ground clearance are not needed from spring through fall. During winter, snow and mud may make these routes impassible without four wheel drive.

Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

This route links together several well-maintained graded roads to form a pleasant, meandering...

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Daily Schedule of Events

NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS TENTATIVE, BASED ON LAST YEAR’S SCHEDULE. IT WILL BE UPDATED/REVISED/AMENDED AS PLANS FIRM UP AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT DATE.

Thursday | June 6, 2024

9:00 AM

Trail Runs

Runs to the local trails leave their the Majestic Moose on the hour beginning at 9:00AM to accomodate those arriving at Bronco Bash throughout the day.  See our Thursday Run List to sign up for runs.

5:00 PM

Happy Hour

Early arrivals join us for cocktails in the common area at the Majestic Moose. Bring your own, plus something to share!

5:30 PM

Super Dave and Son’s Taco Thursday

Taco Night returns this year with Special Guest, The Lovely Vanessa.  12-Pack Jeff, Dave and Vanessa will be cooking up tasty chicken and carne asada tacos using delicious meat from Chino Hills Carniceria.   Tortillas, lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, cilantro, sour cream will be provided along with 12-Pack’s famous salsa and Vanessa’s amazing guac.

The grills get lit about 530ish and we goes until 8ish.. or until they run out of meat, or everyone is stuffed. 12-Pack recommends getting there earlier rather than later as the fixings get thin towards the end of the night.
There is no charge to partake, although donations are greatly appreciated. Can send donations via PayPal to jeff468@gmail.com. There will also be a tip jar on site.
12-Pack’s Famous Salsa!

Jeff will once again be offering jars of his awesome salsa for sale!  Grab a couple pints of the best salsa on the mountain for $10/pint or buy 3, get 1 free.  You can pre-order by emailing Jeff at  jeff468@gmail.com to make sure you get yours.

Friday | June 7, 2024

9:00 AM

Trail Runs

Runs to the local trails leave their Staging Areas at 9:00 AM.  See our Friday Run List to sign up for runs.  For most runs, prepare to be on the trail for most of the day.

5:00 PM

Bronco Parts Swap Meet

Got some unused Bronco parts laying around taking up space? Bring ‘em to the SCB Bronco Parts Swap Meet at BBBB! Likewise if you’re looking for that hard-to-find part, check out the offerings. The Swap Meet will take place in the common area at the Majestic Moose (among the trees to the left of the stage and BBQ area). Please set your parts out in an orderly fashion, but do not use the dinner tables for display. If you can’t stay close to your items, leave a note attached to them with your name, price and phone/text number so buyers can find you to make the purchase. Please have any leftover items removed from the area by 9:00 PM or so.

7:00 PM

Mexican Potluck Dinner

Friday Night Mexican Potluck is a tradition that goes back to the very first Big Bear Bronco Bash! Held in the common area at the Majestic Moose. Please bring your favorite Mexican main course, side dish or dessert to share. Note that there is NO signup sheet, so please don’t ask anyone “what’s needed?” Simply bring any dish you’re proud to share, and make sure there’s enough for a few people. Typically the chefs of So Cal Broncos bring their A-game and there is always plenty of everything to go around. Make sure to bring serving utensils for your dish. Please claim your dish after the potluck. Even if you set it out in a disposable dish, it’s up to you to make sure it gets disposed.
IMPORTANT: Bring your own beverage, plates, napkins and eating utensils. And PLEASE pick up after yourself.

Saturday | June 8, 2024

9:00 AM

Trail Runs

Runs to the local trails leave their Staging Areas at 9:00 AM.  See our Saturday Run List to sign up for runs.  For most runs, prepare to be on the trail for most of the day.

8:00 PM

SCB Grilllmasters BBQ Dinner

Once again our elite team of SCB Grillmasters will be serving up a delicious BBQ meal on Saturday night! Those who have attended BBBB before know that the Grillmaster BBQ is one of the highlights of the weekend. This year Grillmasters Tom Doran, Bill and Brenda Camp, Kirk Aguer, Kevin Thierry, Mark Shainman, Ed Campbell and Mike & Michelle Fluke  will be cooking up an epic feast!  Early plans are for a full pig roast and tri-tip for the fidels (because only infidels eat pig LOL)  and all the sides.

A tip jar will be available so please tip the Grillmasters generously for their hard work!

Donations Accepted to Help Cover BBQ Costs!

As usual, attendance at the BBBB BBQ is free but the Grillmasters are accepting donations to help defray costs. We encourage everyone who can, to donate enough to pay for your meal and reward our Grillmasters for a job well done. If times are tough come on out anyway and enjoy a great meal with the SCB broterhood. Nobody goes away hungry!

To donate via Paypal go to: https://www.paypal.me/kirkaguer (Please check the box for “Friends & Family so they don’t confiscaate part of it).  If you prefer to use Venmo please send it to @Kirk-Aguer.  The Grillmasters have asked that donations be made by May 31 so they can plan and prepare.

9:00 PM

The Bash

Immediately following the BBQ dinner, we put the “Bash” in Big Bear Bronco Bash with a full night of live music, adult beverages and tons of fun!
Once again The Tomcats will be slingin’ their rocking mix of classics, thanks to our music sponsor James Duff Enterprises!
Bring your own adult beverages or try some of those brought by others to share. Try your hand at the Flabongo while you’re at it!

Sunday | June 9, 2024

9:00 AM

Trail Runs

Runs to the local trails leave their Staging Areas at 9:00 AM.  See our Sunday Run List to sign up for runs.  For most runs, prepare to be on the trail for most of the day.

2:00 PM

Late Stayers Pool Party

If you’re staying an extra day to unwind after the Bash, join us at the pool for some fun and sun, and a few more adult beverages!

Its our Twenty-Third F@$%ing YEAR!

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BBBB: A History in T-Shirts

Event T-shirts have been a part of Big Bear Bronco Bash since the very first one.  It was drawn by Eva Phoenix, Terry Moistner’s tattoo artist, and we colorized it for the following year.  Since then each design was done by Dusty Sharp.  We didn’t do a T-shirt every year but for one year we actually did two (BBBBV).  If you’ve missed any, or your original is just tattered threads now, or if you weren’t there but want a piece of So Cal Broncos history, most of our past T-shirts are available as reproductions.  Just click on the one you want to go to the Gear Shop.

Where to Stay

As a “DIY” event, BBBB participants must make their own arrangements for lodging. Fortunately there are many great options nearby, from resorts to tent camping.   Here are some suggestions for lodging.   Try to get your accommodations squared away as early as possible, as it gets harder to find suitable lodging closer to the date of BBBB.

Majest Moose Lodge

The Majestic Moose is our headquarters for the Big Bear Bronco Bash. By the time you read this, it is probably already booked up. For alternate accommodations, we recommend the following:

Other Cabins & Resorts

The closest cabins to the Majestic Moose are:

The Grey Squirrel
39372 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(800) 381-5569
https://www.greysquirrel.com/

Golden Bear Cottages
39367 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-2010
https://goldenbear.net/

Cabins 4 Less
39212 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-3105
https://www.cabins4less.com

RV Accomodations

Holloway’s Marina & RV Park
398 Edgemoor Rd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-5706
http://bigbearhollowaysmarina.com/

Serrano Campground
40650 N Shore Lane
Big Bear City, CA 92314
(877) 444-6777
Reservations Website

Tent Camping

Pine Knot Campground
Bristlecone Rd (FS 2N99A)
Big Bear Lake, CA
(877) 444-6777
Reservations Website

Serrano Campground
40650 N Shore Lane
Big Bear City, CA 92314
(877) 444-6777
Reservations Website