Burns Canyon

Easy start that increases significantly in difficulty.

Total Miles


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5 Hours
Technical Rating
6 / 10
Best Time
Spring/ Fall

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Trail Overview
Burns Canyon
To get to Burns Canyon, you'll start on an easy forest road. Once the road splits to the right, the difficulty increases significantly and green-sticker vehicles are allowed. There are some closed roads in this section so pay attention to the map.
The arrastra you pass on this trip is an indication that mining took place here a very long time ago. Arrastras were primitive devices used to pulverize gold or silver ore. A long arm connected to a center post was turned in a circle powered by horse, mule, human, water power, steam power and even electricity in later years. Flat stones were attached to the arm and dragged over the ore inside the circle.
Getting There
Head southeast from Big Bear Lake, or northeast from Redlands on winding Highway 38. Turn east on well-marked Forest Road 2N01 near mile marker 41.
Contact for Current Conditions
San Bernardino National Forest
Big Bear Discovery Center
(909) 382-2790