Recreation

Father and Son pause in a shady area along the trail

Your National Forests offer a diversity of outdoor opportunities. These lands are yours - to visit, to care for, but most of all, to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in America's Great Outdoors. The San Bernardino National Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities... hiking and backpacking, trail riding by horse, bicycle, off-highway vehicles, camping and picnicking, and fishing, and don't forget winter activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country and alpine skiing.

Recreation passes and permits, like the Adventure Pass, are required for use of certain recreation sites and areas in the forest, and for certain facilities and services. Click here for more information on these passes!

The San Bernardino National Forest has eight designated Wilderness Areas: San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, San Gorgonio, Cucamonga, Bighorn Mountain, Cahuilla Mountain, South Fork San Jacinto, and Sheep Mountain. These areas add an abundance of panoramic vistas, solitude and primitive experiences for visitors. There are outstanding opportunities for hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, fishing, and picknicking in Wilderness Areas. Follow this link to more information on the Wilderness Areas on the San Bernardino National Forest.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
1N09 Recreational Shooting Sites Open to Visitor For more information please call the Mill Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed).
Applewhite Campground Open to Visitor Please call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851 to check on conditions.
Applewhite Picnic Area    Winter Hours are 8 am - 5 pm Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon. Closed Tues/Wed. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, December 26, and New Year's Day. Picnic area subject to closure during storm events.
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 1 Open to Visitor Call Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 2 Open to Visitor Call Big Bear Discovery Center at (909 382-2790 for more information. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Aspen Glen Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Barton Flats Campground Closed to Visitor
Bee Canyon Recreational Shooting Sites Open to Visitor
Big Bear Valley Sportsman's Club - Shooting Range Closed to Visitor
Big Bear Yellow Post Sites    Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit. Some roads are closed for the winter - please call the Big Bear Discovery Center for updates (909) 382-2790 (closed Tues/Wed)
Big Pine Flat Equestrian Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Pine Flat Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 1 Open to Visitor Call the Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 2 Open to Visitor Call the Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 3 Open to Visitor Call the Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Black Mountain Group Campground Closed to Visitor closed for the winter season
Black Mountain Trail 2E35 Open to Visitor
Black Mountain Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Boulder Basin Campground Closed to Visitor closed for the winter season
Carumba Trail 3E04 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 13-18
Cedar (Laws) Trail 3E16 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 13-18
Cedar Springs Trail 4EI7    Now open from the trailhead to the junction of the PCT
Clark's Ranch Yellow Post Site Open to Visitor Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Cleghorn Ridge OHV Road 2N47 Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Climbers Trail 3E06 Open to Visitor
Coldwater Canyon Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Road is closed due to washout
Coon Creek Cabin Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Coon Creek Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Crab Flats Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Dark Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor closed for the winter season
Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock 3E17 to 3E33 Open to Visitor
Devils Slide Trail 3E05 Open to Visitor PCT south of Saddle Junction is open to the juncture with the South Ridge Trail. PCT is open north of Saddle Junction.
Dogwood Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 3E07 Open to Visitor
Falls Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Upper picnic loops and restrooms closed. Lower lot is still open for trailhead parking. Exercise extreme caution in the Mill creek/wash area when thunderstorms are predicted as flash flooding can occur.
Fern Basin Campground Closed to Visitor closed for the winter season
Fisherman's Group Campground Open to Visitor Call the Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 (closed Tues/Wed) for more information. No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
Fobes Trail 4E04 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Area Order 13-18
Fuller Mill Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor Open year-around
Fuller Ridge Open to Visitor
Gray's Peak Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for 2014 camping season due to Butler II fire damage.
Green Spot Equestrian Group Closed to Visitor
Green Valley Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Grout Bay Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
Hanna Flat Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Heart Bar Equestrian Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Heart Bar Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Holcomb Crossing PCT Trail Camp (hike in only) Open to Visitor No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit. Call ahead to Big Bear Discovery Center to check on conditions.
Holcomb Valley Campground Open to Visitor
Horse Springs Campground Open to Visitor Open year-around
Humber Park Trailhead Open to Visitor PCT north of Saddle Junction is open. PCT south of Saddle Junction is open to the juncture with the Southridge Trail.
Jenks Lake Day Use Area Closed to Visitor
Juniper Point Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
Juniper Springs Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Keller Peak Yellow Post Sites    Keller Peak Road (1N96) is closed for the winter season. Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Lake Fulmor Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Lake Hemet Day Use Area Open to Visitor Open year-around.
Little Bear Springs PCT Trail Camp (hike-in only) Open to Visitor The non-potable water has been turned off for the winter.  Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit. Call Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Little Tahquitz Valley Trail 3E41 Open to Visitor
Lost Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor Please call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed and holidays)
Marion Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor closed for the winter season
Marion Mountain Trail 2E14 Open to Visitor
Meadows Edge Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
Mission Springs PCT Trail Camp Open to Visitor No Campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
North Shore Campground Closed to Visitor
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Garner Valley to I-10    The PCT is closed between the Cedar Springs Trail 4E17 (which is PCT mile marker 162.6) and¬† Little Tahquitz Valley 3E41 junction (mile marker 177.3)
Paiute Canyon Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Pineknot Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Ribbonwood Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round by reservation
San Gorgonio Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Santa Rosa Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit. Call Idyllwild Ranger Station for more information.
Serrano Campground Closed to Visitor
Seven Pines Trail 2E13 Open to Visitor
Skunk Cabbage Trail 3E42 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 13-18
South Ridge Trail 3E08    Upper South Ridge Trail is open to Tahquitz Peak only Lower Southridge Trail is closed per Closure Order 13-18
Spitler Peak Trail 3E22 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Area Order 13-18
Stockton Flats Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Summit OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit. Please contact the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed)
Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Access via Devil's Slide to PCT to South Ridge Trail. Other area trails are still closed per Forest Closure Order 13-18
Thomas Hunting Grounds Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Thurman Flats Picnic Area Open to Visitor Exercise extreme caution in the creek/wash area when thunderstorms are predicted as flash flooding can occur.
Tool Box Springs Campground Open to Visitor Open year-around.
Tool Box Springs Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires, charcoal BBQ's, Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit. Call ahead to the Ranger Station to check on conditions.
Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 Open to Visitor Winter conditions. Upper trailhead, picnic loops and restrooms are closed for the season. Lower lot is still open for trailhead parking. Exercise extreme caution in the creek/wash area when thunderstorms are predicted as flash flooding can occur. Call the Mill Creek Ranger Station for the latest updates (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed)
Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Closed to Visitor