Burns and Rattlesnake Canyons Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This easy trail travels from high desert at Yucca Valley through two spectacular canyons to the pine forests around Big Bear City. The trail commences a short distance from Yucca Valley, along Pioneertown Road. The old, privately-owned movie sets are still there. Once through the small community of Rimrock, the road becomes roughly graded dirt as it enters Burns Canyon. The surface is sandy, but high-clearance 2WDs will have no problems under normal conditions. Burns Canyon Road has several different routes, and traffic operates as a oneway system in the divided sections of trail. Unless otherwise stated, keep to the right at any division of the main trail; the trail will rejoin in a short distance. The first few miles of the trail pass through a mix of BLM and private land, and there are many houses scattered on the boulderstrewn hillsides. Tracks on either side that obviously lead to private property have not been mentioned in the route directions unless there is the possibility of confusion. Special Attractions: Easy trail through Joshua tree forest; Rugged and scenic Rattlesnake Canyon; Access to a network of 4WD trails of varying standards; Remains of the Rose Mine. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."