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I woke up this Saturday morning 8/23/08 with the FJ exploring itch and since I missed the last trip to see the So Cal group's adopted trail 3N59A, I thought today was as good a time as any to check the area out. With my son along as navigator and IPOD tech we hit the road from Santa Ana and arrived at the 3N14 trail head about an hour and a half later. As we climbed the trail we passed some great rock formations, interesting dwellings and awesome scenery. I never get tired of driving in the desert. All of the sudden my seat fell back as the seat bottom height adjuster decided to let go. I had a feeling that this part of the seat was a bit weak. I shoved a newspaper and some towels underneath to raise the seat back up and continued on. After what seemed like a short time we arrived at the 3N59 junction and continued toward 3N59A. I'm not sure if we took the most direct path but the trail was twisty and fun none the less. Before we knew it we were at the 3N59A trail head. It was great to be standing where all the others had been just recently. We drove up the trail until we encountered a fairly technical downhill section. Since we were a solo vehicle, we chickened out and turned around. I'm almost positive we could've made it back up the hill with ATRAC and the rear diff locked but left the obstacle for another time. Since we knew that 3N14 is still closed up to Big Bear we backtracked back to HWY 18 and looked for more adventure and possibly some TTORA people rumored to be in the Big Bear area. We hit the Holcomb Valley trail over by the landfill and soon came across a wrecked and abandoned later model Toyota P/U. Nothing gets me steamed like ***holes leaving crap like this in our off road areas. We continued on to Polique Canyon and down to the lake and headed for home. We made it back safe and sound and chalked up another FJ Adventure.






 

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Re: Quick trip to 3N59A and Big Bear

Great report and thanks for sharing the pics. I also get pretty steamed up with the abandoned car thing. This one looks to have been stolen then taken to the forest to be stripped. As far as the technical portion, you will be fine, make sure you do it next time. all 32 vehicles made it last time (2WD and 4WD). I want to try and make a trip up there this week but it's looking more like the following two weeks sometime.
 
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Re: Quick trip to 3N59A and Big Bear

My stock 4X2 made that hill going up....although it killed my stock bling plate. That hill got me to get my 3" left and Demello front skid plate.
 

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Re: Quick trip to 3N59A and Big Bear

Thanks for letting me know about the abandon truck I will get it removed right away. If anyone see's this type of thing again drop me an e-mail and I will send it to the right people.

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Re: Quick trip to 3N59A and Big Bear

I need to get directions to out trail. I haven`t been on it yet. I would be cool to go up to Big Bear on a trail and end up on 3N16 thats where i`m going anyway.
 
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