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 Closed to Visitor Forest Road 1N09 is closed to all use. For more information please call the Mill Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed).
Applewhite Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit. Please call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851 to check on conditions.
Applewhite Picnic Area Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Picnic area subject to closure during storm events.
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 1 Closed to Visitor Effective June 29 site is closed due to current fire restriction order. Call Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 2 Closed to Visitor Effective June 29 site is closed due to current fire restriction order. Call Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Aspen Grove Trail 2E05 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call 909-382-2882
Baldy Mesa (Trestles) OHV Staging Area Closed to Visitor Closed due to the North Fire, for more information please call 909-383-5688. No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Baldy Mesa OHV Road 3N21 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the North Fire, for more information please call 909-383-5688   No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Barton Flats Campground Open to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Bee Canyon Recreational Shooting Sites Closed to Visitor Effective June 29 site is closed due to fire restriction order. For more information please call the Idyllwild Ranger Station (closed Wed/Thurs)
Big Bear Valley Sportsman's Club - Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Big Bear Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
Big Pine Flat Family Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 1 Closed to Visitor Effective June 29 site is closed due to fire restriction order. Call Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 2 Closed to Visitor Effective June 29 site is closed due to fire restriction order. Call Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 3 Closed to Visitor Effective June 29 site is closed due to fire restriction order. Call Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 for more information. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Black Mountain Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's prohibited due to current fire restriction order. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Boulder Basin Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Carumba Trail 3E04 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 05-12-55-15-01
Cedar (Laws) Trail 3E16 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 05-12-55-15-01
Cedar Springs Trail 4EI7    Now open from the trailhead to the junction of the PCT. Closed north of the PCT due to the Mountain Fire Closure Area Order 05-12-55-15-01
Cleghorn Ridge OHV Road 2N47 Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Climbers Trail 3E06 Open to Visitor
Coon Creek Cabin Group Campground Closed to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Coon Creek Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Crab Flats Family Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Dark Canyon Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Desert Front OHV Road 3N24 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the North Fire, for more information please call 909-383-5688. No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
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 Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 3E07 Open to Visitor
Falls Picnic Area Open to Visitor Effective June 29 Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit. Exercise extreme caution in the Mill creek/wash area when thunderstorms are predicted as flash flooding can occur.
Fern Basin Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Fish Creek Trail 1W07 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call 909-382-2882
Fobes Trail 4E04 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Area Order 05-12-55-15-01
Forsee Creek Trail 1E06 Open to Visitor Open to John's Meadow - trail to Jackstraw is in the Lake Fire Closure Area, for more information please call (909) 382-2882
Fuller Ridge Open to Visitor
Gray's Peak Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for 2015 camping season due to Butler II fire damage.
Green Spot Equestrian Group Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Green Valley Family Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Grout Bay Picnic Area Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Hanna Flat Family Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Heart Bar Equestrian Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Heart Bar Family Campground Open to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Holcomb Valley Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
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 Open to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Juniper Springs Group Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Keller Peak Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's prohibited due to current fire restriction order. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
Lake Fulmor Day Use Area Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Lake Hemet Day Use Area Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Little Tahquitz Valley Trail 3E41 Open to Visitor
Lost Creek Trail 1E09 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call 909-382-2882
Lost Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit. Please call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed and holidays)
Marion Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Mission Springs PCT Trail Camp Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call 909-382-2790
Momyer Creek Trail 1E06 Open to Visitor
North Shore Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
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)
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Whitewater to Onyx Peak Closed to Visitor Whitewater to the forest boundary is open, but the trail is closed from the forest boundary to Onyx Peak due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call 909-382-2882
Pineknot Family Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
San Bernardino Peak Trail 1W07 Open to Visitor Trail is open but areas north of the trail are in the Lake Fire Closure Area, for more information please call (909) 382-2882
San Gorgonio Family Campground Open to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit
Santa Ana River Trail 2E03    The portion of the Santa Ana River Trail south of State Highway 38 remains closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call (909) 382-2790
Serrano Campground Open to Visitor Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Skunk Cabbage Trail 3E42 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 05-12-55-15-01
South Fork Family Campground Closed to Visitor Upper loop is closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call 909-382-2790. Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
South Fork Trail 1E04 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call 909-382-2882
South Ridge Trail 3E08    Upper South Ridge Trail is open to Tahquitz Peak only. Lower Southridge Trail is closed per Closure Order 05-12-55-15-01
Spitler Peak Trail 3E22 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Area Order 05-12-55-15-01
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 Open to Visitor Access via Devil's Slide to PCT to South Ridge Trail. Other area trails are still closed per Forest Closure Order 05-12-55-15-01
Thurman Flats Picnic Area Open to Visitor Effective June 29 Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit. 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. Effective June 29 campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 Open to Visitor Trail is open but areas north of San Gorgonio Peak are in the Lake Fire Closure Area, for more information please call (909) 382-2882
Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are prohibited per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit