2N04 - Balky Horse Canyon

Big Bear Lake, California (SanBernardino County)

Last Updated: 09/23/2021
4.4 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Highlight: 2N04 - Balky Horse Canyon
This scenic, winding, forest road in Big Bear, California travels from 2N01 - Broom Flat, across a high, narrow shelf road and loops back to CA 38. 2N04 - Balky Horse Canyon is a great off-road trail for less experienced wheelers to explore while in this southeastern section of the Big Bear mountains, or a great add-on connector for more advanced wheelers, with time to kill, on their way to or from the more technical 4x4 trails nearby, such as Heartbreak Ridge or Motino Wash.


Route Information

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
2N04 starts on the left / west side of 2N01, just before 2N64Y. Watch for the trailhead as the trees open up on the west side of 2N01 - Broom Flat.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: San Bernardino, California

From San Bernardino; Take I-10 east for about 5 miles. Take exit 77C for Tennessee Street. Turn left onto Tennessee Street. Turn right onto West Lugonia Avenue. Continue onto Mentone Boulevard. Continue onto CA-38 east / Mill Creek Road for about 35 miles. Watch for 2N01on the northeast side of the road and turn right onto 2N01. Follow 2N01 for 2.3 miles. The 2N04 trailhead is on the west side of 2N01.



Trail Reviews (10)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: If you want to run this uphill to have the “right of way” at the narrow shelf, will you start at waypoint #1?
–Paul Crawford (07/06/2021)
–G. Martin (07/06/2021)

Writer Information

G. Martin

Mapping Crew - California

G. Martin, gm4x4 on Youtube , is a California native, born and raised in northern California and now living and wheeling in southern California. He enjoys exploring new trails and setting up camp in the remote outdoors. You may come across him in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the mountains of Big Bear, in the central Sierras near Shaver Lake or any other dirty, rocky road in the southwest.
For individual use only, not to be shared.