Heartbreak Ridge SanBernardinoNationalForest LaborDay

Sunday, September 1, 2013

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thumbnail Pontiac Sluce 2013 Capo Valley 4 Wheelers
Monday, September 9, 2013 10:43am


THREE DAY WEEKEND  CAPO VALLEY   Lets take a Day Run in the middle !


  Heartbreak Ridge is a moderately tough trail in the Big Bear area. This trail is sometimes known as Pontiac Sluice. This trail consists of a spur with a loop, off of forest road 2N61Y.  The old Pontiac rusting away near the beginning gives the trail its alternate name. The "Sluice" portion is actually a short distance up the trail, not really near the Pontiac. The Sluice is an optional route through the rocky bottom of the canyon, while an easier bypass runs parallel (this part is only a few hundred feet long). The trail is rocky in places but can be traversed by stock 4X4s with open differentials and a skilled driver. there are also many opportunities to test you rig on larger rocks on sides of trail.


thanks to:              http://www.dirtopia.com/wiki/Heartbreak_Ridge


DISCLOSURE:  I have seen folks pick lines here that bend tie rods and break axles and u-joints too and bent fenders!

 Bring your lunch, your chair, your sense of adventure and tell us what you been doing all summer. Estimate a 4-hour run starting at highway 38/2N01

Rig & Run Details

The Run Liability Release Waiver must be printed, signed, and handed to the Trail Boss at the start of the Run. Click Here to Download

Ensure that your driving abilities and Rig meets the below requirements and recommendations.


  • CB Radio on Channel 4
  • HAM Radio on Frequency 146.550


  • 2+ Minimum Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Minimum Transfer Case
  • Roll Cage
  • Tow Hooks (D-Shackle)
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Tow Straps
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes

wide trail with many lines to pick

Difficulty: 3+

1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained and possible erosion; 33" tires, Anti-sway bar disconnects, Rear hard locker, Off-road driving experience, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case strongly recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage

Map & Driving Directions

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Rendevous at: Redlands Stator Bros

Meet us in Redlands, CA, Stator Brothers, 1786 East Lugonia Ave 92374 Cross street is Wabash.

Sunday Sept 1 and be gassed up and ready to depart at 0900.

They make a good sandwhich at the deli and there is a Subway in this parking lot too.


Run east 36 miles on state highway 38 to start of forest road 2N01; near mile marker 41. This is about 1.7 miles past Onyx summit.   There is a parking area at Onyx summit where towing trucks can be left.

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Participants (7 of Unlimited spots filled)

 OperatorJoinedMeet AtPsnsSeatsComment
08/23/13Rendevous00Trail Boss
thumbnailX Man
08/24/13Rendevous00I have 2 springs to swap out, but should be back together. Are rear brakes required?
08/25/13Rendevous02New air condensor Friday charge sat. Wheel on Sunday
TJ Rubicon
08/27/13Rendevous00Rear brakes are overrated, anyway.....
Grand Cherokee
08/29/13Rendevous00need to go on these trips before gas prices shoot up again
thumbnailUncle Mike
08/31/13Rendevous40is there anybody meeting early in the morning oc?
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