Pioneertown to Big Bear via Burns Canyon Road and 2N02

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San Bernardino National Forest

Pioneertown to Big Bear via Burns Canyon Road and 2N02 is a 18.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pioneertown, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and ohv/off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length18.7 miElevation gain3,313 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashHikingOHV/Off-road drivingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyNo shade
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A high clearance vehicle is recommend for this road. It is not recommended to attempt this route without lifts and tires that are ok with off camber, steep trail. Off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and/or that there may be poor cell reception in this area.

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J. Mo
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First things first: Does anyone here know if camping is allowed on Burns Canyon Road? It's such a beautiful place with some cool camping areas. I just dont know if a permit is needed or if it's a first come-first served type of deal. So, they call it Pioneertown to Big Bear but it's actually Rimrock to Big Bear. But yes, please do first stop in Pioneertown and check it out. Very cool. As far as the trail is concerned, DON'T be rushed. Air down and make sure you have clearance. And no, no 4x4 is needed IF you stay on Burns Canyon Road. Take lots of pictures. Do pit stops and explore the area. We went on March 28th....beautiful day, sunny but not hot. There was some snow at high altitudes. No clouds. Truly a cool beginners trail.

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David Rooks
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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MortonFam User
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OHV/Off-road driving

Great easy trail, would be great in the snow. Took the 2N70Y that looped back up to the 2N02....the 2N70Y was great but you definitely need to make sure you are lifted and experienced.

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Jacky Reyna
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Wesley Castro
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Antonio Martinez
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OHV/Off-road drivingIcyMuddySnow

once the snow melts you will probably need A/T or 4x4. lots of snow beautiful views.

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Shlomi Ben-shoshan
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

F150 fun and easy

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Jacob Dutton
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Hiking
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Aleks W
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Kyle P.
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!Rocky

Nice and scenic route. Had a lot of fun. some offshoots to mess around at some points.

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Job Yeo
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Hiking
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Mark Vasquez
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Hiking

Flat with minor technicality and some forks with challenges. Very nice trail

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Taylor Byrd
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Hiking

Easy trail of you know what you’re doing. Took my 2wd suburban and made it through.

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osc b
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Craig Wagstaff
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Scenic driving
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Bryan Matos
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Hiking
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Jacky Reyna
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Clay Campbell
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Great Trail! The first couple miles weren't much to write home about and was mostly driving past private property and driveways. Once you cross into the National Forest all that goes away and there are amazing views. Not a very technical trail but definitely some steep gradients uphill and downhill as well as rocks so definitely air down tires. Clearance recommended. As you rise in elevation, it can turn into a wind tunnel within the valleys. Completed in early December and no snow or ice.

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Mike Kaslowski
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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David V
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Scenic drivingGreat!Rocky

Awesome route to Big Bear Lake! Easy and went up the entire trail on 2WD, but having a high clearance vehicle would be best for all the rocks. Lucky to see some wild life out there too!

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diego barriga
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

cool trail. pretty easy

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Rob Phillips
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Hiking
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Brent Parker
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OHV/Off-road driving

Fun trail.. lower moderate I would say, bordering on easy. Didn’t need 4x4 and can probably do it with some clearance but not much - stock pickup or suv maybe. I went big bear to pioneer town, which is opposite most but I liked it as you end up with some faster dirt roads and rocky areas are mostly downhill. Only thing is that there are a couple spots that would be tight if someone was coming the other way... probably doable though. Lot of folks going up. Good for beginners but there are some good offshoots for those more adventurous.

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James S
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!MuddyRockySnow

Fun trail. Started in Pioneertown, go slow and respect the locals as you approach the trailhead. It was rocky in several parts with a decent on trail hill climb that had some sizable ruts. We hit some light snow and mud on the shady side of the mountain. There’s a few blind corners that are narrow. About 8 miles in is the “playground” which has a hill climb and several smaller mounds to explore. We did need to use 4hi on a few parts, recommended 4x4 with good clearance for the rocky spots & AIR DOWN . Good skid plates are also a smart idea. It’s more of an easy to slight moderate due to the rocks. Vehicles : ‘18 Tundra 4x4 on 34” and ‘15 Jeep Rubicon on 35”

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