|Highest Elevation:||7072 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||West|
|Nearest Town:||Yucca Valley|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Big Bear City|
|Official Road Name:||2N02|
|Management Agency:||US Forest Service|
Burns Canyon Road-2NO2 is a well traveled overland trail from Pioneertown into Baldwin Lake. This trail provides access to many of the off road trails in the Big Bear area and offers some amazing views of the surrounding areas. Your journey will take you from the low desert floor to high up into the San Bernardino National Forest in just a few short hours. For many Palm Springs locals this trail is an escape from the heat, and gives them an excuse to wheel during the hot summer months in the cool mountain air. You will encounter many stunning Joshua tree forests in the lower desert elevations, and tall pine trees as you enter the Forest. The trail is well marked so do your best to tread lightly among these old trees, and help keep this trail open for many years to come.
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
The trailhead is well marked with a wooden sign and the USFS road number 2NO2 the sign is placed among the huge Joshua trees that greet you at the start. Burns Canyon Road-2NO2 trailhead is big enough for a rig coming from either direction to pass, and If needed there is more then enough room to stage at the trailhead. Get ready to follow the leader and enjoy a day full of wheeling, and enjoy the beautiful views and cool fresh mountain air! Burns Canyon Road-2NO2 is the main connector for many of the trails in this area, keep your eyes open for many of the fun and exciting trails along Burns Canyon Road-2NO2!
Continue straight. Off to the south is the split off to 2N61Y - Heartbreak Ridge. The trail is an intermediate trail with difficult spots. Do not attempt this trail alone.
For the past few months there has been an old Pontiac along the side of the trail. The Pontiac was pulled from the side of the ridge in a effort to help clean up the trail, it is free game for whoever wants to take it home and scrap it. The Pontiac is pushed far enough to the side that it does not interfere with the flow of traffic on the trail. I have come to the conclusion that people like to dump old Pontiac's in this area as there are a few scattered around, there is even a trail in the area named Pontiac Sluice!
There are several mines along Burns Canyon Road-2NO2 and one of the first mines you encounter on the trail has an amazing view of the trail and the valley below. The turn off for the mine is big enough for a couple rigs to park side by side. There is a heavy gate blocking off the entrance with a sign warning of the dangers of the mines in the area. There is plenty of shade making this spot a nice place to sit and enjoy lunch with a great view.
There are several mines located along Burns Canyon Road-2NO2 just before you reach the Tip Top Mountain Trail. The mines are all blocked with heavy steel gates or have been caved in and fenced off preventing the would-be explorer, or treasure seeker from venturing in the old mine shafts. The famous Rose Mine is located smack dab in the middle of Burns Canyon Road-2NO2. Rose mine was said to be the most productive mine in the area producing between 600,000 to 1.2 million dollars in the short 20 years it was mined. The crazy thing is that there is virtually no remnants of the mining operation and 40 ton stamp mill that was used to crush the ore from the mine. The only clue that there was ever any mining operations in the area are the piles of red tailing's all over, these tailing's are also how the mine got the name Rose mine.
There are several points along the trail where you can branch off and check out the view of Burns Canyon Road-2NO2 as it zig zags around the mountain into Baldwin Lake. Take some time to explore some of the many off shoots that lead to the mines in the area or some of the other fun trails in the area.
As you make your way down the trail and past Tip Top Mountain you will climb a small hill and reach the Burns Canyon Road-2NO2 and 3NO3-Smarts Ranch Road split. Stay to the left and continue down 2NO2 into Baldwin Lake. If you decide to head down 3NO3 Smarts Ranch Road, this trail will also lead to Baldwin Lake.
You have reached one of the only obstacles along the trail. This is not much of an challenge just a small rock face with a few ruts. 4 wheel drive should not be needed over this obstacle but use your best judgement.
A couple miles outside of Baldwin Lake there is a concrete bridge that crosses a now stagnate creek. This section of the trail use to be a shallow water crossing, but the Forest Service has since built a bridge to keep rigs out of the water. The creek or stream is now stagnate with no fresh running water due in part to the mountain's not really getting any snow this past year.
You have reached the quaint mountain town of Baldwin Lake. As you descend into Baldwin lake you receive amazing views of the town and Big Bear Lake. The road down into Baldwin Lake is very bumpy, but still big enough for 2 rigs to pass in either direction. The Baldwin Lake trailhead is well marked just like the trailhead in Pioneertown with a wooden sign marked with 2NO2. Watch out for rigs coming up from the Baldwin Lake trailhead as this trail can be ran in both directions, and is normally very busy on the weekends. Once you make it to Baldwin Lake head over to Big Bear and explore some of the other trails in the area.
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.233629, -116.644573