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Gold Fever Trail (a self-guided driving tour) takes you through the now peaceful Holcomb Valley where the saga of early miners is still recorded. The 18.2-mile loop starts and finishes at the Big Bear Discovery Center on Highway 38. This scenic drive winds its way around the various historic sites of the mining era in the Big Bear area. You'll see ghost towns, mines, hanging trees, and graves of the bygone era. A printed interpretative guide with directions, mileage and the history of the various sites is available at the Big Bear Discovery Center where your journey back into history begins. Please note that access to some sites will depend on snowmelt. At selected markers you are invited to get out of your vehicle and walk to the sites.

Site No. 1 at 3.2 miles - Holcomb View Trail Site No. 2 at 4.8 miles - Last Chance Placer Site No. 3 at 5.8 miles - Two Gun Bill's Saloon Site No. 4 at 6.3 miles - Jonathan Tibbets' Grasshopper Quartz Mill Site No. 5 at 6.5 miles - Hangman's Tree Site No. 6 at 6.8 miles - Original Gold Diggings Site No. 7 at 7.1 miles - Belleville Site No. 8 (150 feet west of Belleville cabin) - Arrastres Site No. 9 at 7.3 miles - Ross' Grave Site No. 10 at 7.3 miles - Pigmy Cabin Site No. 11 at 9.0 miles - Metzger Mine Site No. 12 at 10.8 miles - Gold Mountain

Directions: From Fawnskin/Big Bear Lake, CA, Beginning from the Big Bear Discovery Center along Highway 38 head west for 0.8-mile and turn right (north) on Polique Canyon Road (FS 2N09). The tour is 10.9 miles over dirt roads, and 8.6 miles back to the Discovery Center via Highway 38.

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San Bernardino National Forest
San Bernardino, California

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Telephone Number: 909-382-2600
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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