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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.
I hiked this at 6:30am in the middle of winter and found the sunrise at the top at 7am in all of it's pink and purple glory. You can see the surrounding mountains and the lake if you are okay with a moderate rock scramble. There was no one else on the trail. Would absolutely recommend it for beginner and confident hikers alike just for the sheer majesty of the snow on the trees and it's accessibility. You could be up and back in 45 minutes if you are determined.
This is a wonderful trail! It's clearly marked and has a lot of river crossing- my 10 and 6 year olds were able to do the entire hike. I would recommend wearing water shoes if you go in the late winter/early spring because you will probably get wet.
I only had a few issues with this hike: 1. You have to pay PER PERSON to get into the reservation. So it was $20 for my 2 kids and I. The hike was definitely worth it, but it was unexpected. 2. The line to get in and pay was very very long. It took us nearly 1/2 an hour waiting in line. The trail was also pretty crowded with people. 3. They do horseback tours through the trail so there is horse poop EVERYWHERE and it smells pretty bad through the first leg of the trail. None of these things are enough to prevent me from going back- the kids LOVED the adventure- but just some things to be aware of.
Very fun trail. I actually did it with a fully stock Jeep rubicon a few years back and then again with a lifted rubi on 33s. When i first did it, it wasn't easy and i did use a spotter a few times. But definitely a blast. The hardest part was the second rocky hill. Have to pick your lines and be willing to take some scrapes if you dont do it right. The second time was easier but still a blast.