Added by Doug Hall
Ever wanted a dispersed camping feel but still want a campground? Holcomb Valley is the place to go!
This campground is awesome! With great views, plenty of space and clean bathrooms it'll have you in for a treat! Whether it be a multiple day trip or just one night this campground is awesome. Read below for information if you are looking for a trip in the mountains!
If you know Big Bear well this campground is easy to find, if you don't be sure to follow my directions well because it's easy to get lost in the forest. I do have the campground tagged on this post so that you can look up the directions from there or if you want step by step read from here! The directions I am giving you will be coming up to Big Bear on CA-330, stay on CA-330 for 15.1 miles until it turns into highway 18 in Running Springs. Taking highway 18 12.4 miles until you come to an intersection at the tip of the lake you want to take a left on CA-38 also known as N Shore Drive. Take CA-38 5.6 miles and take a left on Polique Canyon Road. Polique Canyon Road is a dirt road for a majority of the distance. From this point on make sure you are comfortable with driving your vehicle on a dirt road before you consider this trip! Anyways, you will follow Polique Canyon Road for 4 miles until you can hang a right on 3N16, 3N16 will take you directly to Holcomb Valley Campground. You will follow 3N16 for just under a mile until the campground will be on your left.
This campground is a bit pricey, it is $21 per night on a first come first serve basis. You also need to pay an extra $5 per night for an extra vehicle. There are no reservations so be prepared to get there at the start of the weekend or you may not get a spot.
There are bathrooms that are non-flushing, there are no showers. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table and access to a shared bathroom. There is plenty to do around the campground, including mountain biking and hiking. Also be prepared to see wildlife as you are high up in the mountains so you will see plenty of wildlife. There is also a scenic loop you can explore on a road called 3N05, this road goes around the campground far enough that you will not hear people traveling on it. You get to see sites from miners, the cabin pictured above was one of the sites you can explore. You are also a short drive to town in case you need supplies!
Overall this campground was an awesome choice. It is maintained great, has an amazing amount of things to do while you are visiting and gives you an awesome wilderness feel! It is a must do for outdoor enthusiast like myself.
- Water, enough for however long you will be camping
- Hiking boots or active shoes
- Warm clothes, it can get chilly at night so be prepared!
- Hammock, plenty of trees to hang from!
- Lantern or light source for at night
- Trash bag! Pack it in, pack it out. Leave it cleaner than when you arrived!
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