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The wild lands of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountain Ranges were designated a National Forest more than a hundred years ago. The Forest Reserve Act was passed in 1891, giving us the San Bernardino Forest Reserve, which became the San Bernardino National Forest in 1925. The San Bernardino National Forest as public land was set aside for the conservation of natural resources such as trees, water, minerals, livestock range, recreation, or wildlife. Today, the San Bernardino National Forest serves as southern California's outdoor year-around recreation destination, as well as providing valuable watershed protection. Drive the scenic Rim of the World Scenic Byway and Palms to Pines Scenic Byways to discover your local National Forest.
The directions from the All Trails app (via google maps) led us directly to the trailhead parking lot. The last few miles is on a dirt road but manageable for regular cars barring huge puddles. The signs and parking lot is a bit confusing as all signs reference Splinter's Cabin and I did not see any mention of the Deep South Trail. Anyhow, the PCT trail marker is easy to locate from the parking lot.
You quickly come to the iconic bridge. The PCT trail indicates it goes straight past the bridge and also crosses the bridge. I didn't see any reviews discussing which direction to take. We crossed the bridge and that appears to be the wrong route to reach the cliffs and waterholes. We still had a nice, mostly flat hike through the hills will some good views looking back through the hills to the valley down below. Overall, it was a good day but I need to return to do the hike as intended by NOT crossing the bridge.
H.L. G. on Castle Rock Trail
Nice short easy hike. The trail is marked by signs and yellow arrows as stated below. It has a lot of natural "stairs" and is rocky ( obviously :) ) The only difficult and frustrating thing about this place is there is no parking, so you have to park at a turnout. And that the sign showing where the trail head it is small and hidden by a bigger green miles sign. The map showing its location is accurate. Went on Black Friday. Very cold, but very beautiful
Was a pleasant little hike, nice and scenic.
Most was indeed easy, however there were def a few rather steep sections that might be considered closer to moderate - definitely a bit challenging for my elderly mother (but she made it).
If you hike the trail counter-clockwise,the first 1.3 miles is a fire-road, (Rouse Ranch Road) at which point you make a turn to get onto Sawmill Road 3N34, however the map here isn't quite correct - as there's a barb-wire fence you'd need to crawl under! (but apparently if you travel further down Rouse Ranch Road a few hundred feet, you could then find easier access to 3N34. After that, keep taking the "Easy" signs until you get to the single trail 3W11. - then take that until you reconnect to 3N34 until you reach some campgrounds..and continue south until you find a single trail path down to the start of the trail. It's not too contusing , but running the AllTrails app on your phone while doing this hike will help (charge your phone prior!)
This trail was fantastic. Late November, snow on the ground and we explored attached Forest Service roads. It made for a great time with beautiful sights to see. Absolutely recommend - but be careful, if you find yourself on the wrong trail it could just be your last one (at least with that vehicle!)
Tip: The trailhead is up a dirtroad that is extremely bumpy. Definitely use an SUV or a truck if at all possible. at first the directions will seem to be taking you on a trail, but they are perfect. Follow them verbatim.
The hike was perfect for both my dog and I. It took us about 3 hours because I couldn't stop taking pictures of the beautiful scenery. There are countless incredible views since it starts at a high elevation and continues to go higher. For the many people who have never been around the Anza area, check it out! You will not be disappointed.
We thought that it'd be too late to arrive around 9:30. However, we got done with the hike around 11 (with 3 kids, ages 4-7). As we left the parking lot, there were crowds of people that showed up. The trails itself, weren't too busy. It was beautiful and abundant with greenery and wildlife. There were two areas that had steep slopes so proper shoes and attire is recommended. Great for dogs as we all enjoyed the scenery.
Sara A. on Bee Canyon to Pine Cove Road
This trail is fun! One of our first times off roading in the new jeep. Great views and places to pull over and enjoy nature.