On February 20, 2016 The NotARubicon went with a few Jeeps from Wrangler Forum and several Jeeps and full-sized trucks from SCOR+ up to Gold Mountain in Big Bear, near Baldwin Lake.
Gold Mountain is rated as “most difficult”/Black Diamond, but the trail only has 3 or 4 difficult areas – and they aren’t very difficult. All of the Jeeps in the group made it up each rough spot with little or no issue and even the full sized trucks eventually made it through with little or no damage. We only needed to tug/winch one truck, one time.
Even though Big Bear had a major snow storm only 10 days prior, the beginning (Highway 18) side of the mountain had no snow, but the backside did have an inch or so of melting snow on the trail – making it a bit exciting coming down the hill.
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