Grout Bay to Hanna Flats Campground Singletrack Trail (1W05) - TRAIL

Grout Bay to Hanna Flats Campground Singletrack Trail (1W05) - Trail, Big Bear Lake - Fawnskin, California

This singletrack trail connects Hanna Flats Campground off of fireroad 3N14 to Grout Bay Picnic / Gray's Peak area parking lots. From Fawnskin, ride 3 miles up 3N14 to the Hanna Flats Campground. Go straight toward the back of the campground and find a trail marked by 2 red painted rocks next to the road and a plastic trail marker. The trail goes uphill and curves to the right around a hill behind the campsites. Its about 4 miles of rolling singletrack through the forest over rocks, ruts, roots, and usually dry creeks. The trail crosses a fireroad many times but is well marked. (When in doubt stay left and look for trail markers!) The Hanna Flats trail ends at a fireroad - you will see a sign stating 4 miles to Hanna Flats Campground - take a left and stay left on this fireroad for 1/4 mile and you will pass the trail up to Gray's Peak on the right. (Note: you can add about 4 miles total of nice singletrack climbing and a super fun descent by taking this out and back trail up to Gray's Peak) Keep staying left and you pick up the trail to Gray's Peak Trailhead parking lot and Grout Bay Picnic Area. Go left on highway 38 to return to Fawnskin.

User Reviews (4)

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Michael L   Cross Country Rider [Jul 25, 2012]

In agreemant with others that this is a fun crosss country trail network. Soil seems to be in the best condition in early/mid summer.

Customer Service

Here is a different route that I like best. Start at the Fawnskin fire station and head up the paved road to Hanna Flats Campground which turns to dirt. Ride down into the campground bearing right initially and doing a counter clockwise turn. Right across from a bathroom is the signed trail head which you will ride counter clock wise. The single track will cross dirt roads multiple times with easy to see cross overs. When you finally get to a crossing where you do not see the continuation across the road bear right a short distance and pick up the single track on the left. After this you get dumped onto another road with no single track in sight. Go left this time and you will soon come to the trail head for Gray's Peak. Up, back down and back to the fire road go left and take the next dirt road left. This turns to single track again and ends in the picnic area where the other reviewers start the ride. Head out to the highway and go left back to the fire station. Drink beer.

Similar Products Used: Shhh, don't tell anyone: Exploration Trail.
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3
Scabs   Cross Country Rider [Jun 11, 2007]

If you don't take the Hanna Flats then it's pretty much a straight ass-kicking climb all the way to the top of Grays Peak. But the payoff on the way down is well worth it.

Customer Service

I usually ride from my house which tacks on 6 extra miles to my ride. But I begin at the Gray's Peak trailhead and begin my ascent from there. Expect a mile or so of straight climbing before you break out to the main fireroad. Bear right on the fire road and continue for approx 1/4 mile before you see the Gray's Peak trail to your left. The last time I was there the sign was falling over so don't miss it. Then I continue up the trail for more climbing. Keep going, drink lots of water and eventually you'll reach the top. There's some great rocks to kick back and enjoy the sun and the peek-a-boo view of the lake. After your R&R on the rocks enjoy the fun downhill and be sure you don't run over the hikers.

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4
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4
Maddog   Cross Country Rider [Sep 12, 2004]

I too maximize the singletrack by starting at Grout Bay and riding the out and back to Hanna Flats. I do the Grey's Peak trail on the way out though when my legs are fresher. These are great trails. Grey's Peak is ridable for even us Clydesdales with some rocks and dips but nothing extreme. Hanna Flat is a rolling blast with some slow speed handling required and if you go in the spring, a couple of stream crossings. These are fun trails and a great alternative to the chewed up and widened ATV trails at Snow Summit.

Customer Service

Out and Back from Grout Bay. Don't loop this trail or you'll lose 4 miles of ST. Hanna Flat trail is good either way.

Similar Products Used: Pineknot, Cabin 89. Snow Summit for DHers.
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4
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4
BigBearHostel   Cross Country Rider [Apr 17, 2004]

I added this trail and yes I'll review it for more shameless Big Bear Lake promotion. The snow melts sometime in April and if we are lucky we can ride into December if the snow comes late. Gray's Peak trail is closed in winter (Dec. - March) so wintering Bald Eagles can have peace and quiet. Big Bear Lake is at 6700 feet and most trails go uphill to around 8000 feet. So flatlanders should bring your oxygen canisters.

Customer Service

I prefer to maximize singletrack and trail riding and stay off the roads by parking at the Gray's Peak Trailhead off 38 between the damn and Fawnskin and riding up the trail, stay right on fireroad, ride to Hanna Flats, get water at campground, eat, turn around and ride the fun singletrack back to the Gray's Peak trail, ride up to Gray's Peak, try to see the lake through the trees, enjoy 3 mile singletrack descent to your car at the Gray's Peak Trailhead.

Similar Products Used: See Big Bear Adventure Hostel website above for all the trails in the area!
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5
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3
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