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Hiking is a popular activity on the forest. There are dozens of scenic trails suited for day hiking as well as overnight trips, including the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The PCT is one of 11 National Scenic Trails and it links together the great mountains of the west through California, Oregon, and Washington.
Know Before You Go
Check with the local ranger station for trail information, permit requirements, maps, and current conditions. Remember, weather may change quickly, especially at high elevations, at any time of the year. Check weather forecasts and avoid storms. Leave your itinerary with a friend.
Not sure where to start?Below are some of the hiking handouts you can find at local Ranger Stations. Each has a list of popular trails with a short description, mileage, and level of difficulty. You need Adobe Reader to view and/or print these files below.
- Barton Flats Area Non-Wilderness Trails [PDF, 335 KB]
- San Gorgonio Wilderness Trails [PDF, 92 KB]
- Lake Arrowhead Area Hiking Trails [PDF, 472 KB]
- Big Bear Valley Trails [PDF, 826 KB]
- Lytle Creek Area Trails [PDF, 431 KB]
- Idyllwild/San Jacinto Area Trails [PDF, 143 KB]
- Randall Henderson Trail Brochure [PDF, 6.54 MB]
Hiking is an activity enjoyed by many, together we can work to keep trails clean and ensure all visitors have a pleasurable experience in the outdoors.