2N02 - Burns Canyon

4.8/5 (73 reviews)
Yucca Valley, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 05/05/2023

Trail Information


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 (73)
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/31/2023

Great trail but a few serious conditions. Although we loved this trail, we were fortunate to Drive during the week. Some off road vehicles speeding through were a concern. Motorcycles were pleasant and courteous. Scenic views and some wild animals were rewarding. Recommend to take it slow and savor the beautiful trail.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/29/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I travel this trail at least once a year since I live only a few miles from the start. It’s currently the roughest I’ve ever seen it due to all the storms. I would say the section from waypoint 8-11 is a 4 at this time due to large ruts and a lot of exposed rock, but I’ve never seen that section less than a 3, at least if you want to be more consistent with most of the other 2 rated trails in this app. Sure, it’s still totally doable for a stock 4x4 with clearance, but consider that this trail isn’t just twice as difficult as the 1 rated Holcomb Valley for example. Definitely recommend airing down if possible. Some drivers might also care to know the worst stretch is also on a narrow shelf road which is not mentioned (like many shelf roads on this app/site :) possibly because it’s not “really” that bad. But if you or any of your passengers don’t like shelf roads, I promise you won’t like that section one bit, especially not now.
Rated 3/5
Visited: 05/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail is open, a little rough in parts at the top half (as is a bouncy ride) after the rains but remains easy enough in 4WD and with stock Jeep clearance. It's an "ok" trail to get you from A to B vs something to do for the sights. Seems to be popular with the dirt bike crowd so expect some bike noise along the way.
Official Crew
Visited: 05/05/2023

Trails are officially open https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1095216.pdf
Official Crew
Temporary Closure
Visited: 03/18/2023

The forest service has deemed the San Bernardino Forest unsafe for public off-roaders to use until June 30th. For more information on this: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1095216.pdf If you disagree with the complete forest closure, please call (909) 382-2682 and ask to speak to the head ranger. You can also contact the head office in Washington,DC, and voice your concern there. (202) 912-7055 Another person you could contact your senator and express your feeling - (949) 598-5850 (Alex Padilla) or (202) 224-3121 (DC switch board) If you are unhappy with this at all, please make sure you sign up for the local off-road collations (Cal4wheel, and Corva). Feel free to reach out to them and ask what you can do. Cal4Wheel - (916) 381-8300 CORVA - 916-710-1950

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