Recreation

A hiker walks on a trail that is surrounded by wildflowers

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

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.

Wilderness Areas

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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
1N09 Recreational Shooting Sites Open to Visitor Fire crews plan to continue prescribed burning operations in two spots along Forest Road 1N09 during the week of January 27, 2020. The operation may cause traffic delays of up to an hour between Highway 330 and one mile to the east. To avoid potential delays, use Forest Road 1N16. Please call 909-382-2600 during business hours for updated details. 
Applewhite Campground Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to numerous downed trees and branches that fell during the Thanksgiving Weekend storm. There is no estimated date for reopening the sites. Work, however, is currently estimated to take approximately three weeks once it begins.
Applewhite Picnic Area Closed to Visitor This site are currently closed due to numerous downed trees and branches that fell during the Thanksgiving Weekend storm. There is no estimated date for reopening the sites. Work, however, is currently estimated to take approximately three weeks once it begins.
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 1 Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 2 Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Arrowhead Fish & Game - Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Aspen Grove Trail 2E05 Open to Visitor
Baldy Mesa (Trestles) OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
Baldy Mesa OHV Road 3N21 Open to Visitor
Barton Flats Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households
Bee Canyon OHV Road 5S07 Open to Visitor open
Bee Canyon Recreational Shooting Sites Open to Visitor open
Big Bear Valley Sportsman's Club - Shooting Range Closed to Visitor
Big Bear Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor
  • Yellow Post Site # 1 is closed for Eagle Habitat. No public entry is allowed per Forest Order.
  • Yellow Post Sites #2 and #3 are open but inaccessible by vehicle due to road closures caused by damage during winter storms in 2019. 
 
Big Pine Flat Equestrian Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Big Pine Flat Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 1 Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.

 
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 2 Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 3 Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Black Mountain Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Closed until late spring, also COVID19.  Please check back for updates.
Black Mountain Group Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is closed through at least June 18, 2020.  Please check back for updates or reopening dates.  Road and storm damage.
Black Mountain Trail 2E35 Open to Visitor Open
Black Mountain Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Black Mountain road is closed 2 miles from the highway.  The yellow post sites are unreachable by vehicle. The road is rough, high clearance vehicles always recommended. Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.  http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfires/
Boo Huff Trail Open to Visitor Please report trail conditions to (760) 862-9984
Boulder Basin Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is closed through at least June 18, 2020.  Please check back for updates or reopening dates.  Storm damage.
Butler Peak Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Forest Service Roads 2N13 & 2N13B are closed to vehicle use due to major winter storm damage. This Forest Order is effective from November 1, 2019, through October 31, 2020.  
Buttercup Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Cactus Spring Trail 5E01 Open to Visitor Please report trail conditions to (760) 862-9984
Cahuilla Mountain Trail 2E45 Open to Visitor Please report trail conditions to Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2921.
Carumba Trail 3E04 Open to Visitor Trail is open, but unmaintained since the Mountain Fire of 2013. 
Cedar (Laws) Trail 3E16 Open to Visitor Trail open, but unmaintained since the Mountain Fire of 2013.
Cedar Springs Trail 4EI7 Open to Visitor The trail sustained some damage from the 2019 February storms. 
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 Closed due to COVID-19.
Coon Creek Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
Crab Flats Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
Dark Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor Closed, due to heavy storm damage.  Campground closed for the 2020 season.
Deep Creek Open to Visitor No camping within 1 mile of Deep Creek. No glass containers nor campfires allowed
Deep Creek Hot Springs Open to Visitor No camping - Day Use only. No campfires or glass.
Deer Hunt Zone D19 - San Jacinto / Santa Rosa Mtns Closed to Visitor Check with the San Jacinto Ranger District.  First weekend in October to first weekend in November.
Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock 3E17 to 3E33 Open to Visitor Wilderness Permit Required at Ranger Station prior to arriving at trailhead. No dogs allowed on this trail. 
Desert Front OHV Road 3N24 Open to Visitor
Devils Slide Trail 3E05 Open to Visitor No backpacking allowed in the Skunk Cabbage, Reeds Meadow, Laws Camp or Caramba areas.  Ranger Station closed due to Covid19.  Wear a mask, and practice social distancing.  No permits at this time.  Tell someone where you are starting from, your itinerary and call them when you return to your vehicle. 
Dogwood Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
East Indian Creek OHV Road 4S10 Open to Visitor
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 3E07 Open to Visitor No Hiking Permit required, however parking at Humber Park requires an Adventure Pass or an Interagency Card.  Aquire pass before arriving at Humber Parking Lot.  Parking lot may close when unsafe conditions occur.   Ranger Station closed due to Covid19.  Wear a mask, and practice social distancing. For safety, tell someone where you are starting from, your itinerary and call them when you return to your vehicle. 
Falls Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Parking lot may not be plowed. Exercise extreme caution in the Mill creek/wash area when thunderstorms are predicted as flash flooding can occur rapidly.
Farview Point Closed to Visitor Black Mountain road is closed 2 miles up from the highway, unreachable by vehicle.  High Clearance vehicles always recommended.  Road is subject to closure during winter and spring. 
Fern Basin Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is closed through at least June 18th.  Please check back for updates on reopening dates.  Thank you.
Fish Creek Trail 1W07 Open to Visitor
Fobes Trail 4E04 Open to Visitor Trailhead starts at a large turnout with many boulders.
Forsee Creek Trail 1E06 Closed to Visitor Parking lot may not be plowed.
Fuller Mill Creek Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Fuller Ridge Trail Open to Visitor
Black Mountain road is closed 2 miles up from the highway.  Fuller Ridge is unreachable by vehicle.  Black Mountain Road is rough, high clearance vehicles always recommended. 
Goff Flat Yellow Post Site Open to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Gray's Peak Group Campground Closed to Visitor Forest Service Roads 2N13 & 2N13B are closed to vehicle use due to major winter storm damage. This Forest Order is effective from November 1, 2019, through October 31, 2020.  
Grays Peak Trail 1W06 Closed to Visitor Grays Peak Trailhead, the lower section of the Grays Peak Trail and Grout Bay Picnic Area are closed by Forest Order from December 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 to protect bald eagle habitat during nesting season.
Green Spot Equestrian Group Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19. Water is available for horses, however water is not suitable for human consumption. (Non-Potable) This campground is "Pack it in. Pack it out." There is no trash service.
Green Valley Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
Grout Bay Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Grays Peak Trailhead, the lower section of the Grays Peak Trail and Grout Bay Picnic Area are closed by Forest Order from December 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 to protect bald eagle habitat during nesting season.
Hanna Flat Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
Heart Bar Equestrian Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
 
Heart Bar Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
Holcomb Valley Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
Humber Park Trailhead Parking Open to Visitor
Indian Canyon OHV Road 4S06 Open to Visitor Road is open. 
Indian Mountain OHV Road 4S21 Open to Visitor Open.  Black diamond trail. 
Jenks Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor Day Use Only.  No overnigh camping.
Juniper Springs Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Keller Peak Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Closed to camping and picnicking due to Forest Order 5/16/20.
Lake Fulmor Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID19.   Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.  Highway 243 is now open from Banning/ 10 Freeway.
Lake Hemet Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Little Tahquitz Valley Trail 3E41 Open to Visitor Little Tahquitz Valley Trail is open.
Lobo Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Lost Creek Trail 1E09 Closed to Visitor Severely damaged from the 2015 Lake Fire.
Lost Lake Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Please call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed and holidays)
Lytle Creek Firing Line - Shooting Range Open to Visitor Subject to weather related closure. Please call ahead to: (951) 782-7438
Marion Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is closed through at least June 18th.  Please check back for updates on reopening dates.  Thank you. 
Marion Mountain Trail 2E14 Open to Visitor
Mellor Ranch OHV Road 4S05 Open to Visitor
Miller Canyon Creek Open to Visitor
Miller Canyon OHV Connector Trail 3W14 Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30.
Miller Canyon OHV Road 2N37 Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30.
Mission Springs PCT Trail Camp Open to Visitor For more information please call 909-382-2790, Big Bear Discovery Center.
Momyer Creek Trail 1E06 Open to Visitor
North Shore Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
Oso Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Garner Valley to I-10 Open to Visitor PCTA.org recommends, "Please postpone or cancel your Pacific Crest Trail plans due to COVID19 until further notice." Icy conditions can occur before reaching Apache Spring area, be prepared, carry microspikes and ice axe for your safety. Multiple hikers reported on May 24, 2019, that a rock slide has made the trail impassable between Antsell Rock and South Peak in the San Jacinto Mountains.  According to the PCTA, "If it's impassable, northbound hikers can return to the Spitler Trail near mile 168.5 and take that west down the mountain, to the trailhead and then walk Apple Canyon Road to the highway in order to exit.  Southbound hikers would return to the South Ridge Trail or Devil's Slide Trail and exit to Idyllwild."
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Whitewater to Onyx Peak Open to Visitor For current conditions please call 909-382-2882
Palm Canyon Creek - National Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor
Palm Canyon Trail 4E01 Open to Visitor
Pilot Fuelbreak OHV Route 2N17X Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Pilot Rock OHV Road 2N33 Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Pilot Rock Ridge OHV Road 2N36 Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Pineknot Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
Pinnacles OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor Picnicking and/or camping is not allowed. Propane stoves and lanterns are allowed with a California Campfire Permit. Campfires and/or Barbeque grills (wood and charcoal) are not allowed.
Pinnacles Trail 3W16 Open to Visitor Clear days offer great views into the Mojave desert
Pinyon Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID19.  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.  Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation.
Ramona Trail 3E26 Open to Visitor Open
Red Mountain Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Closes on December 5th for the season, until next spring 2020.
Ribbonwood Equestrian Campground Closed to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required. 
San Bernardino Peak Trail 1W07 Open to Visitor
San Gorgonio Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.  
Santa Ana River Trail 2E03 Open to Visitor For current conditions please call (909) 382-2882
Santa Rosa Truck Trail Open to Visitor
Santa Rosa Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.  Propane or liquid fuel stoves and lanterns are allowed year-around. A California Campfire Permit is required, which can be obtained at the San Jacinto District Office in Idyllwild, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert, or online at www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/
Serrano Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
Seven Pines Trail 2E13 Open to Visitor The road to the trailhead is closed due to damage from storms, this will add about four extra miles.
Skunk Cabbage Trail 3E42 Open to Visitor Open.  The trails leading to Laws Juction and Caramba are open, but have not been maintained, since the Mountain Fire closure.  No backpacking in these areas. 
South Fork Family Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
South Fork Trail 1E04 Closed to Visitor As of March 15, 2019, the trail has been reported to have a significant washout near the trailhead, making it impassable. 
South Ridge Road Open to Visitor Road is washed out near the trailhead, from February storms.  Road is subject to closure winter through spring depending on road conditions.  High clearance vehicles always recommended.
South Ridge Trail 3E08 Open to Visitor South Ridge road is washed out near the trailhead.  South Ridge road is one mile long.  
Spitler Peak Trail 3E22 Open to Visitor Pacific Crest Trail is completely open through this section. 
Stone Creek Yellow Post Sites (5S09) Open to Visitor Call the Ranger Station for updates.  Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.  Road is muddy during rainy season, be very cautious at water crossing.
Summit OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor Camping is NOT allowed
Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Lookout Tower is closed for the season. 
Tanglewood Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to COVID-19.
Thurman Flats Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
Tool Box Springs Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Tramway to San Jacinto Peak Closed to Visitor Currently closed due to COVID19.
Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 Open to Visitor Call the Mill Creek Ranger Station for the latest updates (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed)
Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor One household per campsite. No gathering with other households.
 
Willow Creek Trail 3E02 Open to Visitor Open

Spotlights

Rim of the World Snow Play Area

Landscape covered in snow

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 following areas:

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 the east highway gates in Snow Valley.

Map of Snow Play Areas

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 is 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.

Learn more about the monument:

Maps:

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/sbnf/recreation