4N11 Big Rock Creek is in the Angeles National Forest. This trail is literally within two hours of all most anywhere in Southern California. Big Rock Creek runs east to west offering fantastic views of the San Gabriels to the south with Mount Baden-Powell, at an elevation of 9,400 feet a prominent feature of the skyline. To the north is 4N56 Pinyon Ridge trail. These trails are close enough for a morning run and be home for lunch or pack your gear for a campout at Big Rock Campground or choose from several nice dispersed sites along the trail. The campground might be convenient if you are unfortunate enough to have a loved one staying at Fenner Camp, a correctional facility near the trails end.
From the Grizzly Cafe continue west on Highway 2 for nine miles to the Vincent Gap. There are multiple trailheads on both sides of the highway at this location. The trailhead for 4N11 Big Rock Creek is on the north/right side where it is the left of two trails, 3N26 West Blue Ridge is the other trail on the right.
My go to place for a quick off-road therapy. Went on a Thursday afternoon, it was just me the whole time I was there. There's a lot of snow still on some parts of the trail. Some sections are icy and muddy so keep that in mind. Did this in my mini AWD with AT tires on a 1inch leveling kit. Camp site at the end is open, make sure you have you Adventure pass. Easy, fun and scenic trail less than two hours from Los Angeles.
Did this trail with my small hatchback AWD on a stock rims and suspension with All terrain tires. Very easy and short trail with nice views. Some section can be a little rocky but still an easy trail. Near the end of the trail you'll see Big Rock Campground, and at the end of the trail you'll see the State Prison Camp.
The entrance to Big Rock on Hwy 2 was packed with cars on either side of the road probably for hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. Big Rock is very easy road short road and we saw a passenger car using it. The National Parks campground at the end has many sites with fire rings and tables and is shaded by large trees. We saw only 1 camper there. One can still hear the vehicles from Hwy 2 from there.
Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.