Several existing dirt roads in the Big Bear, California, area were recently targeted for closure. Watershed is the issue, although Don Alexander of Backcountry 4×4 points out that snowmaking at the local ski area is responsible for infinitely more silt runoff into Big Bear Lake than recreational motorized travel.

We received an email from industry friends pertaining to this matter, and wish to make our readers aware of what’s going on in the San Bernardino Mountains.

If these trails are closed, it will impact off-road travel and use for OHV, Jeeps and 4x4s in the Big Bear and Holcomb Valley regions.

To learn more about the proposed closures, and to send comments please reference links below.

Map, Proposed Closures

Forest Service NEPA Project Page

Please send comments to: with “Legacy Roads Watershed Improvement” in the subject line.

Please check out our story Off-Road Travel: Big Bear, California to learn more about OHV and 4×4 opportunities in the Big Bear area.

For more information on the area, we suggest Don Alexandre’s website  Don is very knowledgeable and passionate about Big Bear, and he also helped bring attention to the last proposed Big Bear trail closure. Check out his site at:

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