Pioneertown to Big Bear

MODERATE 7 reviews

Pioneertown to Big Bear is a 19.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rimrock, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, birding, and off road driving and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
19.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3756 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

birding

nature trips

off road driving

views

snow

off road driving
16 days ago

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome trail! A fun trail that's great for testing the abilities of your 4x4. Offers spectacular changes in scenery as you go from desert to mountain forest. Some rocky sections but nothing you cant manuever around or drive over. Definitely worth checking out!

off road driving
2 months ago

This is a great trail for any high clearance 4x4, but it might intimidate some drivers. Some guidebooks rate this trail as easy, others hard. I think moderate is fair as you don't need a modified vehicle, but it's on the hard end of moderate - something you can test your experience on without too much of a chance of a getting in over your head. There's a lot of narrow shelf road, a lot of loose rock, a lot of large embedded rocks, wash outs to be expected, and the last push is pretty steep (you can also exit from a little lower down near cactus flats if you feel like skipping the part most likely to need skid plates when I last knew). My passenger, who will no longer go off roading with me, stated he thought we had a 50% chance of dying by plunging into the canyon. That's a vast exaggeration of the facts, but just keep in mind before going it was that intimidating to someone without much 4wd experience. You shouldn't just go to test your skills, though. This is an amazing, scenic drive, and is probably the best way to see the transition between high desert and alpine life zones. It's also one of the best places to see some truly huge Joshua trees. Highly recommended.

off road driving
3 months ago

Fun drive.

off road driving
3 months ago

Fun trail to take to Pioneertown

off road driving
4 months ago

It has been tradition that every year at Thanksgiving I do this trail. This is an amazing trail. There are plenty of off shoots to keep things interesting. A stock 4x4 vehicle should be able to do the main trail just fine. The off shoots are more difficult and that is the moderate part. The scenery is amazing and is pretty much mandatory for me whenever I am in the area.

off road driving
5 months ago