Gold Fever Trail

Gold Fever Trail

The Gold Fever Trail in Big Bear Lake offers a unique and engaging way to explore the rich history of the Holcomb Valley, a key site of the 1860s gold rush. This self-guided, off-road adventure begins at Polique Canyon Road off of North Shore Drive and spans approximately 11 miles, requiring a high-clearance or 4WD vehicle for access. The journey takes you through picturesque landscapes and past several historic points of interest, each marked for easy identification.

As you navigate the trail, you’ll encounter various historic sites, including abandoned mining pits, the remnants of old saloons, and even a cabin from the era, now located in a large meadow. These sites, though mostly in ruins, offer a glimpse into the past life of miners and settlers in the area. Some of the highlights include the Grasshopper Quartz Mill, the Belleville Cabin, and the Pygmy Cabin site, which are accessible via short hikes from the main trail.

It’s a good idea to pick up a pamphlet from the Big Bear Discovery Center before embarking on this adventure, as it provides valuable historical context and directions. The trail is open all year, weather permitting, but it’s always wise to check current conditions at the Discovery Center. An Adventure Pass or Interagency Pass is not required for parking along this trail.

And good news for pet owners – pets are welcome on the Gold Fever Trail, as long as they are kept on a leash. This makes it a great family-friendly adventure where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty and historical significance of Big Bear’s gold rush era.

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