Heartbreak Ridge aka Pontiac Sluice SanBernardinoNationalForest

September 4th 2011


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. The highlight of this trail is the monument at the top of the ridge to commemorate a fellow 4X4 enthusiast who lost his life in Iraq.

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

Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 33+ Sized Tire
  • 4LO Transfer Case

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 3

Difficulty Level: 3

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 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
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 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


Rendezvous @ Redlands Stator Bros,


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

Sunday Sept 4 and be 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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