2N90 - Tip Top Mountain

Big Bear City, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 03/08/2019
4.5 /5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 7548 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Big Bear City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Big Bear City
Official Road Name: 2N90
Management Agency: US Forest Service
District: San Bernardino
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Highlight: 2N90 - Tip Top Mountain

Tip Top Mountain was home to a silver, lead, and gold mine back in the late 1800's up through the early 1900's. The name of the mine changed a few times over the years as the mine switched hands, with the earliest name being Tip Top Silver Mine. Today you can still find the mines throughout the area, but many are unsafe to explore and the Forest Service has blocked many of the mine entrances. The top of Tip Top Mountain has a 360 degree picturesque view, with diverse scenery ranging from the sun-drenched desert landscape to the lush, and at times snow-capped mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. Tip Top Mountain is just one of the many trails you can venture upon on what locals call, "the back way to Big Bear" and it truly is a gem. So, indulge yourself in the beautiful scenery, weather and trail systems this area provides.



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1. Tip Top Mountain TrailHead

Tip Top Mountains trailhead is located just off 2NO2, also called Burns Canyon Rd. Trail 2NO2 comes to a fork in the road where you can turn right off of 2NO2 and on to Tip Top Mountain trail 2N90. You will see a clear sign at the trailhead of Tip Top Mountain so you know you are in the right location. Shift into 4WD, and air your tires down here so you can get a little more traction as you work your way over rocks. Continue down a smooth dirt road until you reach the base of Tip Top Mountain's trail then the fun begins!

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.254917, -116.710747

Starting Point: Pioneertown

Directions to trailhead headed on the I-10 East bound from the Inland Empire or Los Angeles. Take the I-10 East bound until you see exit 117 onto CA-62 to Yucca Valley/ 29 Palms Continue 20 miles on CA-62. Turn left off of CA-62 onto Pioneertown Road continue 8.8 miles on Pioneertown Road until it becomes Rim Rock Road. Follow Rim Rock Road until it crosses Burns Canyon Road, turn left off of Rim Rock Road onto Burns Canyon Road, Burns Canyon Road becomes an unpaved dirt road. Continue 13 miles on Burns Canyon Road. You will start to see 2NO2 trail markers along Burns Canyon Road indicating that you are on the right trail. Continue until you reach a turn on your right, called Tip Top Mountain/ 2N90. This is the trail that takes you up to the top of Tip Top Mountain. Please stay on all marked roads as you make you way through Burns Canyon Road-2N02


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Trail Reviews (4)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Fun trail with an awesome view at the end. When combined with he 2N90 offshoots and connecting trails it makes for a great all day easy-moderate difficult run. Best part is seeing the low lying desert transition to high elevation forests form the overlook at the end. Difficult rating seems spot on and while the trail is narrow any vehicle less than H1 width shouldn't have too many problems.

Status: Open
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What a trail! Fun, rocky trail with some great inclines and large, sharp rocks that require a little skill to maneuver. Absolutely stunning views of the surrounding area too that you just can't beat. The first half of the trail is certainly the harder part because it's relatively smooth sailing once you get to the clearing. We did this trail in lifted tacomas but stock tires (Goodyear Wrangler). Definitely passable for stock height vehicles but 4wd is definitely a must since there's no possible way to turn around if you get stuck on the trail. Trail is very narrow on the edge of some large cliffs most of the way so be careful and pick good lines. Check out my video for a detailed report.

Status: Open
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Best views you'll get anywhere. Trail is super rocky and narrow, but not extremely steep.

Status: Open
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Our adventure consisted of 8 Jeeps, and 11 persons. We most certainly all had a great time. The weather was beautiful, and the dust was minimal, the scenery was awesome. Our team included myself as lead, Joe M. as tail gunner, and everyone in between. We were off the road at 0930, and back on the asphalt at 1330. This gave us with 4 hours of pleasurable scenery, v-notches, steep inclines, and declines. These trails also provided us with some enjoyable obstacles, and a most technical gateway. I did get videotape of some of the obstacles, but not all of them. Being a lead and alone in my Jeep, it was not always easy to accomplish this. On one obstacle Kevin volunteered to spot, so that I could capture those Kodak moments. Then while Kevin and Barbara descended down this gnarly hill, Mark spotted them on their way down. As often, the video I have provided is deceiving, and the team will agree that the terrain was more critical than depicted in the video. Todd surprised us with a nice snack. He sacrificed a pig at his altar, barbequed ole Elmer, and then served his burnt offerings to us. Todd even provided us with latex gloves. The team kept in communication with each other regarding road terrain changes, and assessments. After completing 2N17x, we took a vote as to which way we would exit the mountains. A majority decided to take 2N33 ‘Pilot Rock’ back to Highway 173, and we all stayed together. Our rigs endured no carnage, but more importantly no one was injured except for one. Evidently I forgot my own words at the drivers meeting, that no one gets hurt on the trip. I experienced a serious roll over. I rolled over and over and over down a steep hill. But thankfully it was my own body that rolled, and not my Jeep. It’s amazing how our highly modified rigs can be more coordinated than our own bodies. Thank you team for making this trip happen. Play hard, have fun, and do it safely. Video here (this video consists of shots from our pre-run on Weds & the actual run Sat.) https://youtu.be/vuYS2DjGzuo

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Clifford (Cliff) Bennett

Mapping Crew - California

A native Californian that has extensively traveled the Pacific Southwest, and now retired from an Engineering career with much time to spend off road. I enjoy off road travel exploring, and camping. Because I have the luxury of spending my days as I want, I am most interested in traveling overland and camping in dispersed sites. One thing I like about TrialsOffroad is the vast information about trails I have not traveled, and, to be able to set up a base camp and visit the nearby published trails. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved; I look forward to meeting many of you on the Trail.