2N02 - Burns Canyon

4.8/5 (64 reviews)
Yucca Valley, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 08/02/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (64 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Great trail for people new to off-roading/wheeling, though the rain and snow has bumped the difficulty up a bit. In it's current state, I'd say 4 wheel drive is required, and clearance is a necessity. We started from Pioneertown just behind Pappy and Harriette's and ascended to Big Bear. My buddy's stock Tacoma TRD Pro was able to keep up with my Rubicon without an issue, though anything less would have struggled, if not failed to reach the end. The views are exceptional, and the changes in geography and altitude make for a truly surreal experience. Definitely recommend, just come prepared with recovery gear and traction boards if you are making this run in the winter!
Trail Review: 2N02 - Burns Canyon - Seth Poe
Trail Review: 2N02 - Burns Canyon - Seth Poe
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this in a few inches of snow, East to West, and I could see a few parts being a bit slippery if the snow was deeper. A few shelf sections that combined with the snow kept it an interesting drive throughout.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Started this one in Big Bear. Nice views and plenty of room to pass vehicles almost the entire way. Next time going to do Sidewinder and Tip Top. Definitely easy with a lifted JL on 37's, but I agree with some of the other comments that state some sections are a little more difficult since the recent rains. These will likely fill in over time as people find the new line through those sections.
Status: Open
Visited: 11/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this at night, north to south, with a stock 2008 Porsche Cayenne with ride height adjustable air suspension on oversized 31" all terrain tires. Since it was dark and we were just trying to make it home through Yucca Valley, I can't make any comments about the scenery. Trail rating needs to be bumped up to 3. There are sections rated 2 but quite a bit of exposed rocks to crawl over that require a little bit of clearance and make for a bumpy ride. I used to drive this road all the time in the late 90s and early 2000's. At that time it was mostly difficulty 2 with maybe a few sections of 3. There is a lot of historical mining activity that took place in the Rose Mine area but also on the offshoot trails like Heartbreak Ridge. If you've got the time, curiosity, and willingness to stop the vehicle and hike around, there are mining holes and remnants all over the place.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was a great trail to take and make a great day with the family! We started at Pioneertown and made our way through. We went after recent storms and am not sure if that created new obstacles for AWD CUVs, but we definitely were challenged in a few spots. Nothing we couldn't get through, but with one very novice driver it made for some tense moments. Remember 4wd Rating of 1 equals AWD CUV rating of 3, and it multiplies from there. Lots of skid plate and poor approach/departure angle scrapping, but nothing to worry about. Waypoint 25 offered a chance to lift a wheel on the crossovers, but 4wd truck or SUV should have more than enough articulation. Scenery is beautiful and so much to explore. We will certainly be back!

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