Burns and Rattlesnake Canyons Trail

Big Bear City, California

Burns and Rattlesnake Canyons Trail

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."

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Morongo Valley, CA
Explorer | 30 pts
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For an easy half day drive,this is a great ride with any vehicle bigger than a compact car.The road has been pretty well maintained this year (we haven't had much rain)We ended up in Cactus Flats but you can also head towords Baldwin. The other good thing is that my navigation had all the roads and trails in its system so no guessing. Wife and kids enjoyed themselves because the road is not too hairy and there are mine shafts and plenty to explore and look at.To be honest i really didn't use the map once i got back there,just followed the road.

Trail Information

Big Bear City
Nearby City
Trail Type
3 hours
May to November; best in dry weather
4,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,000 feet
Top Elevation
San Bernardino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Rimrock, Onyx Peak, Rattlesnake Canyon, Big Bear City, Palm Springs
Local Maps