Hixon - Bautista Trail (2E43)

Total Miles


1309.12 ft


3 Hours

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Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

The Hixon - Bautista Trail is an ATV/Dirt Bike Trail in San Bernardino National Forest. This trail includes a significant amount of elevation gain from Bautista Canyon to Red Mountain. The fantastic views stretch from Mount San Jacinto all the way to Santiago Peak, but be aware that this is not an easy trail, and will require a combination of effort and skill to make it to the peak. The USFS rates this trail as Most Difficult (Black), as it traverses extremely steep terrain with many large obstacles. The trail is open to all vehicles less than 50" wide, but large ruts make this trail extremely difficult with anything larger than a Dirt Bike. Bautista (2E43) is the main trail and runs the entire distance of this route. Hixon (2E43X) is a side trail where this featured route splits from the main trail. Hixon is longer and involves more rocky hill climbs, but both are rated as the Most Difficult (Black). Trail conditions can vary widely due to the change in elevation and proximity to both the Inland Empire and the Peninsular Ranges. As of September 2022, this area closed due to the Fairview Fire. Check current updates on the USFS website before visiting. The USFS requires spark arrestors on all OHVs operating within the San Bernardino National Forest, as well as a daily Adventure Pass for any parked vehicles. As always, please observe Leave No Trace principles to keep this area clean and open.


This trail covers very technical terrain that will need to be navigated, including steep rocky hill climbs, narrow rutted sections, and rock walls. Included pictures show some of the difficult parts of 2E43 & 2E43X.

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