Eye of God Trail from Burns Canyon Road

MODERATE 12 reviews

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.

1.8 miles
255 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

off road driving

trail running




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.

7 months ago

A short fun little hike.

Thursday, July 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.

Monday, July 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.

Friday, June 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.

Thursday, June 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.

Saturday, September 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.

2 months ago

off road driving
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8 months ago