Mottino Wash Jeep Trail

We led a small group of Jeeps up Mottino Wash, one of our favorite “more difficult” trails in the Big Bear area. Although not technically “in” Big Bear, Mottino Wash ends very close to the Big Bear area and most people consider it a “Big Bear Trail”.

Mottino Wash, also known as Sidewinder Trail, is an offshoot of Rattlesnake Canyon which starts (or ends) in Lucerne Valley. To get to the Mottino Wash trailhead follow Rattlesnake Canyon several miles until you hit “the wide area” of the road, approximately here: Mottino Wash GPS Coordinates At that point, turn toward the rocks and in about 500 yards the fun begins. The trail is less than 2 miles long, but it is full of rocks, tight spots, and a couple of ‘extra credit’ sections that range from difficult to extreme. Overall Mottino is rated as Black Diamond/Very Difficult.

We had about 11 Jeeps in our group. A few JK’s and JKUs, TJs, and A Jeep Cherokee. We finished the trail in about 5 hours which is about average for a group this large. Our group finished with no breakage and only a few minor scratches.

Photos below, by The Notarubicon, Michael Todd, and Pucker Peggy:

 

The Notarubicon Starting up Mottino Wash aka Sidewinder Trail
Starting up Mottino Wash aka Sidewinder Trail

 

Getting the winch out on the 'easy' section, going around the hard spot!
Getting the winch out on the ‘easy’ section, going around the hard spot!

 

Jeep Cherokee on the rocks

 

Jeep TJ trying the extra-credit spot in Mottino Wash. He didn't make it.
Chad in his Jeep TJ trying the extra-credit spot. He didn’t make it.

 

Extra credit spot on Sidewinder Trail

 

Jeep Cherokee off-roading at Mottino Wash
Tim’s Roctari trying the extra credit rocks. He didn’t make it either.

 

Geoff starting up the extra-credit spot in his 4-door JK. YES, he made it!
Geoff starting up the extra-credit spot in his 4-door JK. YES, he made it!

 

Jeep off-roading
Pucker Peggy’s view from under Geoff’s Jeep

Only Geoff and Rich made it up the extra-credit spot – both of them in 4-Door JK’s.  Click HERE to watch a quick video of Rich making it over the hard spot in his 4-Door Rubicon.

The NotARubicon going around the extra credit spot - This is the easy way!

 

Jeep TJ in Mottino Wash

 

Jeep JK Rubicon

 

Jeep Wrangler 4 Door JKU

 

Jeep TJ

 

 

 

 

End of Mottino Wash
End of the road. From here it’s all easy back to the dirt roads

Randy

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