Eye of God Trail from Burns Canyon Road

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San Bernardino National Forest

Eye of God Trail from Burns Canyon Road is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 255 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching

ohv / off road driving




wild flowers



This hike is on a dirt road, rather than a traditional "trail". 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.

Easy walk uphill to start with decent views over an ecological reserve. The quartz hill is neat to explore.

Dirt road to an average lookout

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private property
8 months ago

Definitely read the story behind the site before you go. It’s an easy hike, but very exposed- heats up fast in the summer. Good for dogs.

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off trail
Sun Mar 31 2019

ohv/off road driving
Sun Feb 17 2019

The actual rock face area is fenced off and I didn’t get out to go looking for it but used this trailhead as entrance to the pioneer trail.

Mon Nov 12 2018

Accidentally took this. Thinking it was s different way back from crystal mountain. Not too crazy about fire road hikes...but nice views at the top.

Fri Nov 09 2018

Nice short hike

Wed Dec 27 2017

A short fun little hike.

Thu Jul 13 2017

Hiked hear today. For some reason the Crystal Mountain via PCT brigs you to Crystal Mountain then past it to hear. Neat sight to see, but nothing special.

Mon Jul 03 2017

Simple hike on a dirt road with little of interest until the end. But, the payoff is pretty cool. Great view in all directions.

Fri Jun 09 2017

A dirt road not a hiking trail. A bit steep but nothing difficult or technical. The top does reward with a nice view.

Thu Jun 08 2017

We drove most of this hike since it was on a dirt road. I was a little disappointed only because I hoped for more of a path through trees like the other hikes we have done. We walked the last little bit that we couldn't do by car. The end result is a beautiful view atop a white rock formation.

Sat Sep 03 2016

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.

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