Jacoby Canyon 3N61

Jacoby Canyon 3N61 Trail head
Jacoby Canyon 3N61 Trail head

Jacoby Canyon 3N61 is a trail which can be found in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear Lake. Jocoby Canyon was originally named Chipopee Canyon on U. S. Forest Service maps prior to 1965. The favored direction of travel is from North to South starting on Hwy 18. The bumpy dirt trail is available to street legal vehicles only but reasonably higher clearance is recommended.

The US Forest Service rates this trail a blue square more difficult trail. There is one creek crossing near the middle of the trail that will put a squeeze on full size vehicles.

Elevation ranges from 6000′ to over 7200′ and during the winter months snow and ice add to the difficulty of traversing the trail. This one way trail starts near the Holcomb mine and slowly winds down through a small narrow side canyon. The canyon offers some enjoyable scenery and in general the trail and route are quite fun.

Jacoby Canyon appears to have some smaller single space campsites near the bottom of the route. The trail releases onto Highway 18 near Cactus Flats. The short trail offers prime opportunity to see wildlife and to get away from it all in the back-roads of Big Bear.

A Forest Service Adventure Passes are required if you plan on stopping along the way. As of September 2016, forest visitors parked in standard amenity recreation fee sites in the four southern California national forests must display a valid recreation pass. This includes sites on the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests. Such is the once great state of California.

Jacoby Canyon is currently closed following a wild fire by a forest order of the Forest Service.

Jacoby Canyon Trailmap


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