Front Country Ranger District

Photo: Entrance sign to Lytle Creek Ranger StationWelcome to the Front Country Ranger District office located in the community of Lytle Creek.  The area offers a popular year-round stream gathering place for urban families. Steep, chaparral-covered hillsides with perennial and intermittent streams and fragmented riparian vegetation, coastal sage scrub, scattered groves of large sugar pine and bigcone Douglas-fir provide important wildlife habitat.

Lytle Creek lies at the eastern-most extension of the San Gabriel Mountains. The area is highly dissected by deep canyons, steep slopes, cliffs, and narrow ridges. The North, Middle, and South Forks of Lytle Creek are the dominant physical features, which has been a popular recreation destination for many generations of local residents from the cities of San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, and Colton.

Elevations range from 2,000 feet along the Interstate-15 corridor to 9,000 feet.  Cucamonga Peak, the Cucamonga Wilderness, the Sheep Mountain Wilderness and Mt. San Antonio typify the rugged, mountainous country west of the I-15 transportation corridor The climate of the area ranges from Mediterranean to mountain, from temperate to hot, with cooler temperatures at the higher elevations. Precipitation ranges from seven inches at lower elevation to 40 inches, with snow in the winter on the taller peaks.

We are located on Lytle Creek Road north of Interstate 15 (Sierra Ave Exit)

NOTICE: As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, this visitor center is temporarily closed. Virtual services are available.

Mailing and Street Address:

Front Country Ranger District
1209 Lytle Creek Road
Lytle Creek, CA 92358
(909) 382-2851 (voice)
(TDD/TTY dial (800) 735-2922)
Directions by Google Maps

Our office provides the following services to the public:

Photo: Front Entrance and walkway to Lytle Creek Ranger Station  Photo: Smokey Display