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Holcomb Valley Tour

Fawnskin, CA, USA
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Tim L wrote a review Oct 2018
Moorpark, California9 contributions
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First things first. this is a wild and bouncy off-road adventure with plenty of spine jarring and axle bending bumps and scrapes. Probably not for passenger cars, leases, or anything you want to maintain value on. Secondly, the historical items on this tour are a bit,...shall we say 'massaged'. The history of the area is real, but a lot of the artifacts and buildings there are not. The Cabin was moved there from somewhere else. The Hanging tree is most likely not the real one. The fence around the grave is a replacement, etc so on and so on. It really is a fun adventure, but you do really have to be prepared. Get the map from the discovery center, and take with you the OHV map to make sure you're on the right track as the Gold Trail map is inadequate at best. Most of the tour is along 3N16 except when you turn left to the 3N05 to see the water pump and probably fake hanging tree. One point about the water pump is there is a bunch of rusted metal artifacts laying about between the pump and the Hanging tree that are pretty neat. Also, the road out gets super bumpy and hairy as you wind your way down the mountain. Just take your time and be safe and stay on 3N16 (except for the brief detour along the 3N05). So have fun and remember that most of the artifacts are Boy Scout restoration projects and are a bit of 'Disney History'. But when you're done you'll be able to say 'Hey! I survived!'
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Date of experience: September 2018
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amjacobo wrote a review Mar 2014
Lompoc, California78 contributions19 helpful votes
We got lost in the wilderness and loved the adventure. Every turn brought new views and each new dirt path led u somewhere you hadn't seen. It was great!!!
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LelaOrangeCounty_CA wrote a review Sep 2013
Orange County, CA7 contributions1 helpful vote
Take your time and enjoy the drive. Be sure to get info sheet before touring...the history of the area is interesting. There isn't any dramatic place to tour, just enjoy the surroundings,
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Date of experience: September 2013
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Pyra-Danny wrote a review Jun 2013
St. Petersburg, Florida928 contributions153 helpful votes
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Are you here for the tour? (I can only speak for that—not so much the hiking, Jeep wrangling, rock-climbing part) THE SIGHTS Who knew there was a lot of cool history next to tourist-y Big Bear Lake? Overall, nature has pretty much reclaimed most of this “ghost town.” You’ll see a few scattered logs that was once part of a cabin, a tall tree used to hang people, remnants of a mine… 12 stops total. Key word: remnants. THE TOUR The brochure showing you how to get around SUCKS! The description of what to look for is vague and since there’s only a marker telling you were to park but not another marking actually showing the site, it’s easy to question whether you’re looking at the right area or not. The map also doesn’t show the many roads that branch off from the tour’s road. Since the road signs are so small, we easily missed a turn (is that what that angle in the map means?) and 30 minutes later ended up in a harsh, rocky road with dead trees everywhere. THE JOURNEY You can walk, but we drove from marker to marker. This is 90% dirt/rocky road—regular economy cars may get unhappy and it’s recommended you don’t use a car like that to get to the mines—they won’t be able to handle how rocky the road will get. The 12 destinations are often a short walk down a path from the road and you’ll normally see a lot of beautiful, natural scenery until you get there. Begin by grabbing a map at the Discovery Center (also a good starting point to visit)—no matter how useless I claim it to be.
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Date of experience: May 2013
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