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4N11 Big Rock Creek

5/5 (6 reviews)
Wrightwood, California (Los Angeles County)
Last Updated: 01/03/2019

Trail Information


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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

5/5 (6)
Temporary Closure
Visited: 02/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Closed for Winter. Took Fenner Saddle road instead. Looking forward to coming back to complete this trail.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/13/2021

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.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/11/2020

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.
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 01/03/2019

This trail is currently closed for winter.
Official Crew
Visited: 09/15/2018

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.

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