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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.
This is a great trail and well worth the entrance fee, which covers all three Indian canyons (Palm, Andreas, Murray). You could do at least part of the best trails in each canyon in a day but you will need more time if you want to spend more time on the available trails.
Andreas Canyon houses the second-largest-in-the-world California Palm Oasis and it is beautiful. We had to wear ponchos because it started to rain and we could not complete the trail because it was flooded in the lower regions.
We were disappointed that we could not continue, and I hope someday the Indian rangers put some primitive rock bridges across some of the areas that tend to flood so hikers can cross even when the stream is flowing more heavily.
Our disappointment quickly disappeared as we left however. As we hiked out and then drove out, we saw SIX RAINBOWS in different places. I think that number is more than the total number of rainbows I have seen in my life.
I would have given this trail a four, but we could not complete it due to flooding. We plan to try this trail at another time.
A word to the wise: wait for rainwater to come and go before you pay to access this trail.
Great trail to get some fresh air and take in the view. It's a nice trail to do alone or with a group. I went on a Saturday morning in the middle of tourist season and there was a decent amount of people, but no way bothersome. If you want to start hiking, this is a great beginners trail. There are a couple switch backs and several steep inclines, but also a lot of places where the trail levels out.
we parked the truck in mt baldy at Barret Stoddard trail head and it looks to the truck trail it started as one of the best mtb rides ever trail was smooth technical wavy and had a great view BUT as soon as it became Rancho truck trail it got really sketchy it was overgrown and wash out's with a ten foot drop and the trail was only three inches wide for about a mile I was terrified and I was walking the bike I wanted to go back but it was 6 miles uphill so all and all trail is decent but expect to be terrified when it brakes off to Rancho if anyone finds how to take that trail and avoid Rancho lemme know !!!
It's a very nice moderately-easy path for everyday, casual hiking. My only complaint is that people do not adhere to the rule that you must keep your dog on a leash. It is common courtesy. Also, even if your dog is comfortable off-leash, that does not necessarily mean other dogs are. Dogs that are on-leash feel very uncomfortable (and trapped) when loose dogs come running up being rambunctious. It's also annoying for non-dog people as the off-leash dogs cut you off and run around narrow paths.
People: Please, please keep your dog on a leash!
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.