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Pioneer Town to Big Bear - via Burns Canyon Road

On October 09, 2021
Bill (760) 641-4027
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UPDATE: 9/27 Bill Ruttan Trail Leader Info

Pioneertown to Big Bear via Burns Canyon 

Trip Leaders: Bill Ruttan (white D90) [email protected]  and Don MacGregor-TFC (white D2)

DATE: Saturday, October 9, 2021 (Note Change: This is a one day trip only)

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Max trucks 20

DESCRIPTION: Via the “Backroad to Big Bear” (Burns Canyon/2N02/2N01), a climbing, and well traveled, scenic trail that begins five miles from Pioneertown and ends 10 miles from Big Bear. This is an afternoon trip of approximately 19 miles that takes about two hours to complete and is suitable for all Rovers. Pioneertown was created as a Hollywood movie location and includes shops, two locations for food,  and is a nice destination of its own. HOWEVER, there is no gas available in Pioneertown.

Additional Info:


Big Bear Lake has many activities, but, notably, this is the 50th anniversary of their Oktoberfest. Website: 


Parking lot adjacent to Pappy and Harriets: 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, CA 92268 (five miles north of Yucca Valley/CA-62).

The last gas stations prior to Pioneertown are along CA-62 in Yucca Valley! Food Service: Red Dog Saloon has window service for breakfast until noon, lunch thereafter. Pappy and Harriets has full-service lunch starting when they open at 11:00 am.


Driver’s Meeting at 12:45 pm, Departure at 1:00 pm. Contact Bill if once you know you will be late! (But note that cell phone service is very limited at Pioneertown)


Intersection of Forest Road 2N01 and CA-38 (two miles north of Onyx Summit). This location is 10 miles from Big Bear or 41 miles from Redlands.


Primary Radio: FRS/GMRS Channel 21/462.700 mHz simplex (no CTCSS/DCS tone/code).

Secondary Radio: HAM 145.510 mHz

Mobile Phone (Voice or Text): Bill (760) 641-4027 

Emergency/Assistance: Bill’s satellite communicator (text only) when out of range of cell service.


Plan for cooler weather, as trip will begin at 4,000’ and end at over 8,400’. Check local weather here.


Dogs (and goats and horses) are allowed in Pioneertown (and on the trail) if properly leashed.

Stay tuned to and monitor this page frequently for updates. Contact Bill directly with questions [email protected]