Eye of God Trail from Burns Canyon Road is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
The Serrano Indians revered a megalith of brilliant white quartz called “God’s Eye” as the eye of their creator, “Kruktat.” In the 1850s the Serrano were brutally chased out of their Big Bear Valley homelands by ranchers angry at attacks. This left God’s Eye exposed, and when the California Gold Rush brought miners, they dynamited the sacred site in a fruitless search for gold. The Eye of God once projected possibly dozens of feet from a hillside above Baldwin Lake near Big Bear. In a crowning blow, a desperate and deluded gringo gold miner endeavored to detonate the Eye of God in search of precious minerals, exploding the mountain of quartz into a small rock face that it is today. The Eye of God, still an impressive site, is located near the 156-acre Baldwin Lake Ecological Preserve, that includes a unique pebble plain plant community, as well as a vernal wet meadow habitat, significant as a wintering site for bald eagles. Further details here: http://www.wilderutopia.com/landscape/ecotourism/eye-of-god-big-bears-sacred-site-of-creation/
If you're looking for a hike surrounded by beauty and historical significance, then God's Eye is for you! It gets a moderate amount of traffic and isn't too difficult of a hike, though some might consider it to be of moderate difficulty.