Recreation

Father and Son pause in a shady area along the trailYour 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 Permit

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 Closed to Visitor Due to damage from the Feb. 14, 2019, storm, this area is currently clsoed. 
Applewhite Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to Blue Cut Fire.
Applewhite Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 1 Open to Visitor
Arrastre Recreational Shooting Site 2 Open to Visitor
Arrowhead Fish & Game - Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Aspen Grove Trail 2E05 Closed to Visitor Forest Road 1N05 remains closed due to work related to the 2015 Lake Fire.
Baldy Mesa (Trestles) OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor
Baldy Mesa OHV Road 3N21 Open to Visitor
Barton Flats Campground Open to Visitor
Bee Canyon OHV Road 5S07 Closed to Visitor Highway 74 is currently closed, no public access, due to washouts. High clearance vehicles recommended. 
Bee Canyon Recreational Shooting Sites Closed to Visitor Closed, highway  74 and Bee Canyon road are closed to public access, due to washouts. High clearance vehicles always recommended. Call for daily activity levels, click link for more information. 
Big Bear Valley Sportsman's Club - Shooting Range Closed to Visitor
Big Bear Yellow Post Sites Open to Visitor Yellow Post Sites that are located on the south side of Big Bear Lake are not accessible by vehicle during winter months. Yellow Post site 54 is located via Forest Service Road 2N93, which is also included in the winter/seasonal road closures. Accessing the Yellow Post Sites on the north side of Big Bear Lake during winter months should be taken with caution. Please call the Big Bear Discovery Center for current conditions. Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Big Pine Flat Equestrian Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Pine Flat Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 1 Open to Visitor
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 2 Open to Visitor
Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site # 3 Open to Visitor
Black Mountain Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor CLOSED
Black Mountain Group Campground Closed to Visitor CLOSED
Black Mountain Trail 2E35 Closed to Visitor Black Mountain Trail is unreachable, due to the Highway washout. May not open until end of June, call ranger station for updates. 
Black Mountain Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Black Mountain Road inaccessible.  Highway 243 was washed out February 14th.  The road is rough, and is subject to closure during winter and spring.  High clearance vehicles 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 CLOSED. Black Mountain road is very rough.  High clearance vehicles are recommended.  Road may be closed seasonally during winter and spring.
Butler Peak Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Please call the Big Bear Discovery Center for current road conditions 909-382-2790. All visitors and motorists should be advised that though the road is seasonally 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 absolutely necessary. There are spots where gravel and dirt are very loose and the traction from Two-Wheel Drive may not allow vehicles with light back ends (unloaded pickup trucks) to proceed on the steep grades.
Buttercup Group Campground Closed to Visitor
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 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
Coon Creek Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Crab Flats Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Dark Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.  Campground may not open in time for summer, due to February 14th heavy storm damage.
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 regarding closed areas due to the Cranston Fire.
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 Ice and snow conditions exist, use caution.  Pacific Crest Trail is completely open now.
Dogwood Family Campground Closed to Visitor
East Indian Creek OHV Road 4S10 Open to Visitor Road is open.
Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail 3E07 Open to Visitor Parking lot and trail may be icy.  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.
Falls Picnic Area Open to Visitor 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 was heavily damaged due to February storms.  Farview Point is accessible by Black Mountain Road 4S01. High Clearance vehicles always recommended.  Road is subject to closure during winter and spring. 
Fern Basin Campground Closed to Visitor CLOSED.
Fish Creek Trail 1W07 Closed to Visitor Forest Road 1N05 remains closed due to work related to the 2015 Lake Fire.
Fobes Trail 4E04 Open to Visitor The Pacific Crest Trail is completely open.
Forsee Creek Trail 1E06 Open to Visitor
Fuller Mill Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Fuller Ridge Trail Closed to Visitor Currently unreachable by vehicle, due to February storms.  Black Mountain road is subject to closure during winter and spring, call Forest Service Ranger Station for current information. 
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
Grays Peak Trail 1W06 Closed to Visitor
Green Spot Equestrian Group Closed to Visitor
Green Valley Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Grout Bay Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Hanna Flat Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Heart Bar Equestrian Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Heart Bar Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Holcomb Valley Campground Open to Visitor Snow accumulation on Forest Service roads during winter can sometimes create difficulty in driving to Holcomb Valley Campground, please check with the Big Bear Discovery Center for fire current conditions. Use caution in driving during winter.  
Humber Park Trailhead Parking Open to Visitor Trailhead parking may close at any time if road conditions are unsafe.
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
Juniper Springs Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Keller Peak Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Keller Peak Road, Forest Service 1N96 is a seasonal/winter road closure. During winter months, vehicles do not have access to drive on Keller Peak Road.  Please see current fire restrictions for an explanation. California Campfire Permit required.
Lake Fulmor Day Use Area Open to Visitor Open.  Lake Fulmor is accessible from Idyllwild, but not Banning, due to Highway washout.
Lake Hemet Day Use Area Open 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
Lost Creek Trail 1E09 Closed to Visitor Severely damaged from the 2015 Lake Fire.
Lost Lake Day Use Area Open 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 CLOSED 
Marion Mountain Trail 2E14 Open to Visitor Ice and snow conditions exist.  Be prepared, have proper equipment and navigational skills.
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
Miller Canyon OHV Trailering Site Open to Visitor No campfires or charcoal BBQ's. Propane stoves and lanterns okay with a California Campfire Permit. 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 Closed to Visitor
Oso Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Garner Valley to I-10 Open to Visitor The PCT is completely open through the San Jacinto Mountains.
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 Closed to Visitor
Pinnacles OHV Staging Area Open to Visitor No "Red Sticker" vehicles - May 1 through September 30
Pinnacles Trail 3W16 Open to Visitor Clear days offer great views into the Mojave desert
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.
Ramona Trail 3E26 Open to Visitor Trail is open, however a prescribed burn may take place in the Thomas Mountain area for the month of April.  Smoke may be visible.
Red Mountain Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Closed
Ribbonwood Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor Wood and Charcoal Fires are Allowed.
San Bernardino Peak Trail 1W07 Open to Visitor
San Gorgonio Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Santa Ana River Trail 2E03 Open to Visitor For current conditions please call (909) 382-2882
Santa Rosa Truck Trail Closed to Visitor Closed.
Santa Rosa Yellow Post Sites Closed to Visitor Wood and charcoal are currently allowed; 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 http://www.preventwildfireca.org/.
Serrano Campground Open to Visitor
Seven Pines Trail 2E13 Open to Visitor The road to the trailhead may be closed November through May, this will add about four extra miles.
Skunk Cabbage Trail 3E42 Open to Visitor Open
South Fork Family Campground Closed to Visitor When open, the upper loop of the campground will be closed due to the Lake Fire.
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. Icy conditions may exist near Tahquitz Peak. 
Spitler Peak Trail 3E22 Open to Visitor Pacific Crest Trail is completely open through this section. 
Stone Creek Yellow Post Sites (5S09) Closed to Visitor Road is inaccessible from Highway 74. Road is washed out.  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 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 Closed to Visitor Lookout Tower is unstaffed for the season. 
Tanglewood Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Thurman Flats Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Tramway to San Jacinto Peak Open to Visitor Open
Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 Open to Visitor
Wild Horse Equestrian Campground Closed to Visitor
Willow Creek Trail 3E02 Open to Visitor Open

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 the east highway gates in Snow Valley.   

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



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