2N02 - Burns Canyon

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4.8/5 (93 reviews)
Yucca Valley, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 09/06/2023
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From the high desert floor flush with Joshua trees, Yucca, and crisp blue skies to the green forest of Big Bear, Burns Canyon, also known as Arrastre Creek, is an odyssey waiting for you in Southern California. Rich with history, particularly if you start at the south end and take in Pioneertown, travel through the famous Rose Mine, and find the rare Redwood trees, this trail makes for a great gateway for an epic overland trip close to home. This is the perfect get-away for a day or days when combined with the other amazing trails this area has to offer.

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Burns Canyon is referred to as 2N02 Arrastre Creek once in the jurisdiction of the Forest Service. It is a straight-through 19-mile long trail connecting Big Bear and Pioneertown. The road is comprised of hard-packed dirt with patches of protruding rock. Suitable for any SUV. As written here, the trail will climb over 4,300 feet through its course. While weather can be hot in the lower elevations, it can be cold and temperamental up high, so prepare for desert and cold mountain conditions. The eastern half of the trail before the Forest Service Boundary is on private property. Please drive with respect and care through this area.

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4.8/5 (93)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/24/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Honestly my favorite trial I’ve been on so far, amazing experience before the trail at Pioneertown and during with the amazing scenic drive.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/05/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy, fun, scenic.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Picked this as an activity for the day with family when in Big Bear without snow. Traversed in our new but stock 4xe. The vehicle had no issues handling the trail but for an inexperienced driver, myself, I would say it was quite a bit rockier than I had expected from the rating/waypoint images even. Only one or two nervous points. I could see it being closer to the listed rating for an experienced driver, but I think the duration made things feel a bit more difficult. For a beginner/myself I think I’ll build up some more confidence on shorter but similarly rated trails
Trail Review: 2N02 - Burns Canyon - Clayton Winders
Trail Review: 2N02 - Burns Canyon - Clayton Winders
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/17/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Amazing trail with great views and many camp options. I did this in my Ford E-350 van 2wd with a lift. Started in pioneer town and made it without issues to Big Bear. There were a couple of boulders blocking the trail partially toward the beginning (recently happened) that required a spotter but aside from that it was great!
Trail Review: 2N02 - Burns Canyon - Val
Trail Review: 2N02 - Burns Canyon - Val
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This review is geared more towards Subaru's and similar style AWD vehicles. Did this trail heading into Big Bear for some camping. We did the trail in a stock 2023 & 22 Subaru Forester Wilderness with roughly 8.5 - 9" of clearance and the trail had a few tough spots for us to navigate through. For a higher clearance rig like a Jeep or truck this trail would be relatively easy. For us Subaru drivers it is a bit tougher due to the lower clearance but totally doable(I was also loaded down with gear and firewood which certainly didn't help) Highly recommend full skids as well. They definitely came in handy on my rig. Probably saved me a lot of money in repairs. The trail was a fun challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed the drive. As others have stated, this trail is a bit tougher due to recent weather and I'm sure it will change over the coming winter months.
Trail Review: 2N02 - Burns Canyon - Josh K
Trail Review: 2N02 - Burns Canyon - Josh K
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