A beautiful descent into (or climb out of) the vast Santa Ana River Gorge to the south of Big Bear via Clark’s Grade, FS road 1N54. This trail features wide open vistas, some steep sections with switch-backs, and narrow shelf roads. Usually this trail would be classified as “easy”, with the exception of one tricky spot near the bottom end. But uncertainty due to winter storms has moved this trail into the Medium section, as there may be places which require engaging four wheel drive.
Trail Rating: EASY
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.