2013 Jeep Jamboree: Big Bear Lake, CA May 9th – May 11th

Jeep Wrangler off-roading at Big Bear LakeThe New Year is finally here which means that it is time to start planning your Jeep Wrangler off-roading events for 2013. As usual, some of the best events of the year will be the Jeep Jamboree events taking place across the country.  Today we will focus on the Big Bear Lake, California event taking place from May 9th through May 11th, 2013.

We’ve recently brought you the best places to wheel you jeep during the winter seasons and some of the top trials for beginners. Now, for all of the die-hard Wheelers out there, here’s one of the first Jeep Jamboree events of 2013!

The Jeep Jamboree event at Big Bear Lake is one of the most anticipated events of the Jeep off-road season because it takes place in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Big Bear Lake in Southern California. Big Bear is located just east of Los Angeles and is nestled in the scenic confines of San Bernardino National Forest. Of course, the beautiful surroundings certainly help the off-road adventures but the real reason Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee owners love this event is because the trails are some of the best in the country, ranging from moderate level 3 rated trails all the way to a level 9 trails.

Jeep Wranglers at Big Bear Lake, CAWrangler on the Trails at Big Bear Lake, CA 

What’s New for 2013

The Big Bear Jeep Jamboree staff has carefully selected a range of trails with varied terrain to suit all types of Jeep vehicles.  They have divided the groups into three basic categories:  Stock: Orange and White Group, Modified: Green and Yellow Group, and Super-Modified: Blue Group and Red Group. Below are the breakdowns for each category.

Stock Vehicles (Orange and White Group): These trails are good for non-modified Wranglers, Rubicons, Unlimiteds with sway bars attached, Cherokees, Grand Cherokees, Liberties, and CJs. The Jeep Jamboree staff recommends all-terrain tires for these trails and tow hooks are mandatory. All the terrain in this section will be mild to semi-moderate with a very minimal risk of damage occurring.

Modified Vehicles (Green and Yellow Group): These trails are not recommended for stock Cherokees and Grand Cherokees, but will be good for stock Rubicons, Unlimiteds and CJs with a modified clearance height. All Jeep Wranglers must disconnect their sway bars. The Jeep Jamboree staff recommends that all vehicles going through these trails should use all-terrain tires, skid plates and rock rails. Two hooks and at least one locker are required on all types of Jeep vehicles. The terrain is moderate to semi-rough with some risk of damage to the Jeeps possible, but not likely.

Super-Modified Vehicles (Blue and Red Group): These trails are good for Jeep Wranglers, Rubicons, Unlimiteds, CJs, and Cherokees with modified clearance heights. Lifts will need to be between 3 inches and 6 inches on Wranglers and Rubicons and 1inch on Cherokees.  Sway bars will need to be disconnected on Wranglers, Rubicons, and Unlimiteds. Aggressive all-terrain tires, skid plates, and tow hooks are required on all vehicles. The terrain on these trails will be very rough with a risk of damage occurring on all types of vehicles because skid plates, axles, and rocker panels will be in contact with the terrain throughout the course.


Registration is limited for this event and it is suggested that you sign-up in advance or risk missing out. Adults are $205.00 each, children 6-12 are $95.00 and kids under 6 are free. They do also offer a family plan for two adults and two children for $500. This cost covers rides on both days and also catered dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tell us if you are planning to attend this year’s Jamboree at Big Bear!

Imaging Courtesy: GSEC

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

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