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 Closed for the summer due to high fire danger.
Applewhite Campground Open to Visitor
Applewhite Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 1 Closed to Visitor Closed for the summer due to high fire danger.
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 2 Closed to Visitor Closed for the summer due to high fire danger.
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 Due to the North Fire the following areas are closed: Baldy Mesa Road 3N21 north of the Baldy Mesa (Trestles) staging area to the intersection of Desert Front Road 3N24 and Road 3N55 from its intersection with the eastern section line of Section 23, Township 3 North, Range 6 West then continuing north to its intersection with Forest Road 3N21. You can access Desert Front Road 3N24 from Hwy 138 7 miles west of I-15. To view a map of this temporary staging area please click here. For more information please call the Front Country Ranger District (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed). No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Baldy Mesa OHV Road 3N21 Closed to Visitor Due to the North Fire the following areas are closed: Baldy Mesa Road 3N21 north of the Baldy Mesa (Trestles) staging area to the intersection of Desert Front Road 3N24 and Road 3N55 from its intersection with the eastern section line of Section 23, Township 3 North, Range 6 West then continuing north to its intersection with Forest Road 3N21. There is a temporary staging area west on Hwy 138.  To view a map of this temporary staging area please click here. For more information please call the Front Country Ranger District (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed). No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Barton Flats Campground Open to Visitor
Bee Canyon Recreational Shooting Sites Closed to Visitor Target shooting areas are closed due to high fire danger for the rest of the season, usually until December. For more information please call the Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2921 (closed Wed/Thurs)
Big Bear Valley Sportsman's Club - Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Big Bear Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor As of 6/30/2016, wood fires and charcoal are no longer allowed for use during the summer in this area. Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Big Pine Flat Family Campground Open to Visitor
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 1 Closed to Visitor Closed for the summer due to high fire danger.
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 2 Closed to Visitor Closed for the summer due to high fire danger.
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 3 Closed to Visitor Closed for the summer due to high fire danger.
Black Mountain Group Campground Open to Visitor Opens May 27, 2016.  By reservation only.
Black Mountain Road Open to Visitor  Road is open.
Black Mountain Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
Boulder Basin Campground Open to Visitor Opens May 27, 2016.
Butler Peak Fire Lookout Open to Visitor All visitors and motorists should be advised that though the road is open, it is in extremely rough shape. The road has been graded, however it is not suitable for low clearance vehicles. Four-Wheel Drive is highly recommended, but not absolutley necessary. There are spots where gravel and dirt are very loose and the traction from Two-Wheel Drive may not allow vehicles with light backends (unloaded pickup trucks) to proceed on the steep grades.
Buttercup Group Campground Open to Visitor
Carumba Trail 3E04 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 05-12-55-15-03
Cedar (Laws) Trail 3E16 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 05-12-55-15-03
Cedar Springs Trail 4EI7 Open to Visitor Now open from the trailhead to the junction of the PCT and across to Cedar Spring. Closed north on the PCT, due to the Mountain Fire Closure Area Order 05-12-55-15-03
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 Open to Visitor
Coon Creek Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor As of 6/30/2016, wood fires and charcoal are no longer allowed for use during the summer in this area. Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Crab Flats Family Campground Open to Visitor
Dark Canyon Campground Open to Visitor Plague has been detected in squirrels in Dark Canyon and Marion Mountain Campgrounds.  Risk to the public is currently considered to be low and campgrounds will remain open during follow-up investigations.
Desert Front OHV Road 3N24 Open to Visitor Due to the North Fire the following areas are closed: Baldy Mesa Road 3N21 north of the Baldy Mesa (Trestles) staging area to the intersection of Desert Front Road 3N24 and Road 3N55 from its intersection with the eastern section line of Section 23, Township 3 North, Range 6 West then continuing north to its intersection with Forest Road 3N21. You can access Desert Front Road 3N24 from Hwy 138 7 miles west of I-15. To view a map of this temporary staging area please click here. For more information please call the Front Country Ranger District (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed). 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.  Limited permits currently in effect on Weekends.
Dogwood Family Campground Open to Visitor
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 3E07 Open to Visitor  No Hiking Permit required.  Parking at Humber Park requires an Adventure Pass or an Interagency Card.
Falls Picnic Area Open to Visitor Exercise extreme caution in the Mill creek/wash area when thunderstorms are predicted as flash flooding can occur.
Fern Basin Campground Open to Visitor Marion Mountain Road will be closed on the following dates.  No Campground or Trailhead access.  July 5-7, July 11-14, July 18-21.
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 05-12-55-15-03
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 2016 camping season due to Butler II fire damage.
Grays Peak Trail 1W06 Open to Visitor
Green Spot Equestrian Group Open to Visitor
Green Valley Family Campground Open to Visitor
Grout Bay Picnic Area Open to Visitor As of 6/30/2016, charcoal is no longer allowed for use during the summer in this picnic area. Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation.
Hanna Flat Family Campground Open to Visitor
Heart Bar Equestrian Group Campground Open to Visitor
Heart Bar Family Campground Open to Visitor
Holcomb Valley Campground Open to Visitor
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
Juniper Springs Group Campground Open to Visitor
Keller Peak Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor As of 6/30/2016, wood fires and charcoal are no longer allowed for use during the summer in this area. Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Lake Fulmor Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Lake Hemet Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Little Tahquitz Valley Trail 3E41 Open to Visitor
Lobo Group Campground 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 Please call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed and holidays)
Marion Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Plague has been detected in squirrels in Dark Canyon and Marion Mountain Campgrounds.  Risk to the public is currently considered to be low and campgrounds will remain open during follow-up investigations. Marion Mountain Road will be closed on the following dates.  No Campground or Trailhead access.  July 5-7, July 11-14, July 18-21.
Marion Mountain Trail 2E14 Open to Visitor Marion Mountain Road will be closed on the following dates.  No Campground or Trailhead access.  July 5-7, July 11-14, July 18-21.
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 This trail is open up to the San Bernardino Peak Trail.  However the San Bernardino Peak Trail is closed between 1E06 and 1E04 (Dollar Lake Saddle).  Also areas north of the trail are within the Lake Fire Closure Area including: Anderson Peak, Anderson Flat, Trail Fork Springs, Jackstraw Springs, Shields Peak, Shields Flat, High Meadow Springs, Red Rock Flat, Dollar Lake, Dry Lake, Charlton Peak, and Little Charlton Peak.  Please see the Lake Fire Closure Order and for more information please call (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed).
North Shore Campground Open to Visitor
Oso Group Campground Open 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)
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
Pinyon Flat Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round on first come – first served basis. Campfires and charcoal BBQ's are allowed per current fire restrictions. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a valid California Campfire Permit.
Ribbonwood Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round by reservation. Visit www.recreation.gov to make reservations.
San Bernardino Peak Trail 1W07 Open to Visitor This trail is open on the western end from San Bernardino Peak Trailhead up to the intersection of 1E06 (trail from Momyer up to San Bernardino Peak).  On the east end the trail is open from the junction of the Vivian Creek Trail (1E08) and west to the intersection of Falls Creek Trail (1E04, Dollar Lake Saddle).  The San Bernardino Peak Trail is closed between 1E06 and 1E04 and areas north of the trail are within the Lake Fire Closure Area including: Anderson Peak, Anderson Flat, Trail Fork Springs, Jackstraw Springs, Shields Peak, Shields Flat, High Meadow Springs, Red Rock Flat, Dry Lake, Dollar Lake, Charlton Peak, and Little Charlton Peak.  Please see the Lake Fire Closure Order and for more information please call (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed).
San Gorgonio Family Campground Open to Visitor
Santa Ana River Trail 2E03 Open to Visitor 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
Santa Rosa Springs Campground Open to Visitor No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
Santa Rosa Truck Trail Open to Visitor Road is open, low-clearance vehicles are not recommended on this road.
Santa Rosa Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
Serrano Campground Open to Visitor
Skunk Cabbage Trail 3E42 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order 05-12-55-15-03
South Fork Family Campground Open to Visitor Closed for the winter season. Once open, the upper loop of the campground will be closed due to the Lake Fire.
South Fork Trail 1E04 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Lake Fire, for more information please call 909-382-2882
South Ridge Road Open to Visitor  Road is open. No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
South Ridge Trail 3E08 Open to Visitor South Ridge Trail is open to Tahquitz Peak and to the north.
Spitler Peak Trail 3E22 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Area Order 05-12-55-15-03
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 05-12-55-15-03
Thurman Flats Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Tool Box Springs Campground Open to Visitor Open year-around. No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane Stoves and Lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit.
Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 Open to Visitor The Vivian Creek Trail is open. Hikers can park in the large lower parking lot and hike up through the picnic area and then to the trailhead which is located at the eastern end of Falls Picnic Area. You can also hike on the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail (1W07) west from the Vivian Creek Trail intersection to Dollar Lake Saddle.  From here you can hike south on the Momyer/Falls Creek Trail (1E04).  However, the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail (1W07) is closed west of Dollar Lake Saddle and areas north of here are also within the Lake Fire Closure Area including: Mineshaft Flat, Big Tree, Fish Creek Saddle, Fish Creek Camp, Trail Flat, Dry Lake, Little Charlton Peak, Charlton Peak, Dollar Lake, South Fork Meadows, Red Rock Flat, High Meadow Springs, Shields Flat, Shields Peak, Anderson Peak, Anderson Flat, Trailfork Springs, and Jackstraw Springs. Please see the Lake Fire Closure Order and for more information please call (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed).
Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor
Willow Creek Trail 3E02 Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Mountain Fire Closure Order #05-12-55-15-03

Spotlights

Rim of the World Snow Play Area

Sledding, building snowmen, and making snow angels are all a very popular past-time in the San Bernardino Mountains.   Visitors are encouraged to recreate in the areas identified on this map.

Areas include:

Along State Highway 18, from Crest Park Picnic Area to Switzer Picnic Area

Along State Highway 18, East of Santas Village to just East of Heaps Peak / Allison Ranch Road

Along State Highway 18, from Green Valley Lake Road to Lakeview Point  

Barton Flats Snow Play Area

The Barton Flats snow play area along State Highway 38 is a favorite destination for building snow men, snow angels and tossing snowballs.   The area is defined as the legal parking areas on National Forest along the State Highway from Jenks Lake Road West to Jenks Lake Road East.  Click here to download the map

Sand to Snow National Monument

The 154,000-acre monument extends from Bureau of Land Management lands on the Sonoran desert floor up to over 10,000 feet in the San Gorgonio Wilderness on the San Bernardino National Forest.

The striking diversity of lands within this monument is breathtaking – they are filled with the stories of ancient peoples, soaring mountain peaks, critical wildlife corridors and rich biological diversity. They also offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities for urban populations living close to the shadows of these majestic mountain peaks – the San Gorgonio Mountain region serves as an important recreational hub for 24 million people living within a two-hour drive of the area.

The Sand to Snow National Monument will be co-managed by the U.S. Forest Service (71,000 acres on the San Bernardino National Forest) and the Bureau of Land Management (83,000 acres of the California Desert District). Within the monument boundary, both agencies manage approximately 101,000 acres as Wilderness.

Click here for more information