Eye of God Trail from Burns Canyon Road

MODERATE 5 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.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
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.