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Trail difficulty
Elevation Gain
870.00 ft (265.18 m)
Trail type
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
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The North Shore Loop is a 3.2 mile mountain bike ride that traces backcountry OHV roads and narrow dirt single track through the heights of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Beginning and ending at different points inside North Shore Campground, the trail climbs and descends national forest forest land, opening to wide views of the landscape before dropping down a series of banks and turns, before climbing back out and back to the campground. This area tends to see few other users, so there's a likelihood of not encountering anyone else while riding.

A few climbing sections are steep, but generally riders just need to watch for rough trail conditions on the hard packed dirt roads. 

Several backcountry trails meet and meander through this area, and it's definitely possible to head down some other trails to add some more distance and challenge to your ride. The OHV tracks remain straightforward, though the single tracks has a few small rolling jumps.

Being in the backcountry, there are no amenities of any kind along the ride, though the trailheads at the campground have water and access to the flush toilets.

The starting trailhead is behind Site 27, where the trail begins a steady climb to the highest point of the ride. Views of Lake Arrowhead open up from the top. The finishing point of the trail is behind Site 11. 

There is no day use parking available inside the campground. Instead, riders can park in one of two spots immediately inside the turn from hospital road. From there, they can ride into the campground to access the trailheads.

A Forest Adventure Pass is required to park at this spot. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

California Adventure Pass

Open Year-round



No crowds. Epic views.


Rough trail in parts.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Trailhead Elevation

5,420.00 ft (1,652.02 m)

Highest point

5,490.00 ft (1,673.35 m)


Flushing toilets
Big vistas
Potable water

Typically multi-day


Suitable for


Route Characteristics



Nearby Adventures

Deep Creek Canyon, San Bernardino National Forest

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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