Doble California

Doble California is a gold mining town and ghost town which is located off the western shore of Lake Baldwin in San Bernardino, California. The town began life as Bairdstown in 1873 when the Carter brothers filed a gold mine claim. The original town was named for Samuel Baird who was instrumental in securing financing from San Francisco and the capital to establish larger scale mining operations. Baird purchased the two richest claims from the Carter brothers in December of 1873 for a sum of $30,000. This “buyout” served as an impressive buyout for the short run of the Carter brothers.

One of these capitol investors was Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin (April 3, 1828 – March 1, 1909)  and known as was “one of the greatest pioneers” of California business, an investor, and real estate speculator during the second half of the 19th century.

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Holcomb Valley Campground

Holcomb Valley Campground features 19 single-family campsites and is located along 3N16 in Holcomb Valley, just outside 0f Big Bear, in San Bernardino County, California. Big Bear is a fantastic destination for those interested in outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing, bouldering, star-gazing, flowers and wildlife viewing. There are many historic sites in Big Bear.

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Campground Summary

NameHolcomb Valley Campground
LocationBig Bear, San Bernardino, California
Latitude, Longitude34.302593, -116.895933
Elevation7,375 Feet
Number of Sites19
AmenitiesTent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking

Serrano Campground

Serrano Campground is a campground with 108 campsites located near Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino, California. the campground is located just across the highway from Big Bear Lake. Big Bear is a fantastic destination for those interested in outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, skiing, bouldering, star-gazing, flowers and wildlife viewing. There are many historic sites in Big Bear.

Big Bear Lake covered in snow near Serrano Campground
Big Bear Lake covered in snow.

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Campground Summary

NameSerrano Campground
LocationBig Bear, San Bernardino, California
Latitude, Longitude34.2628059,-116.9154313
Number of Sites108
Elvation6,800 feet
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Hanna Flats Campground

Hanna Flats Campground is an established campground located on Coxey Truck Trail – 3N14 in Big Bear, San Bernardino California. The campground features eighty five campsites and is located in a pine forest. Big Bear is a fantastic destination for those interested in outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, skiing, bouldering, star-gazing, flowers and wildlife viewing. There are many historic sites in Big Bear.

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Campground Summary

NameHanna Flats Campground
LocationBig Bear, San Bernardino, California
Number of Sites85
Elvation7,115 feet
AmenitiesPicnic table, fire ring, – no hook-ups, Vault toilets, tap water, campfire circle

John Bull Trail 3N10

The John Bull Trail 3N10 has the solid reputation as one of the toughest and most challenging trails in the Big Bear mountains of San Bernardino County.   This trail should only be done with in a group of well-equipped short-wheelbase vehicles. Lockers are recommended, but not always required. The entire trail is strewn with boulders of various sizes. There are also a number of sharp drop-offs along the way. Be prepared for scratches, dings and flat tires. This trail is not for stock SUV’s.

The trail is part of the “Adopt a Trail” program through the National Forest Service, and has been adopted by the So Cal Broncos (east end) and the Waywegos 4 Wheel Drive Club (west end).

Running the trail west to east is somewhat easier, there is a campground at the western starting point. Most off-roaders prefer to start at the east end of the trail. The official start point is off of the Burnt Flats Trail (3N02), although many catch it at the end of 3N32.

Around April/May 2009 the ends of the John Bull Trail 3N10 has had more boulders pushed in to make more difficult “gateways”, which prevent under-equipped 4x4s from running the trail.

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.

Trail Summary

NameJohn bull Trail
LocationBig Bear, San Bernardino, California
Length14.4 Miles
Elevation Gain1768 feet
Route TypeLoop
DifficultyDifficult

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