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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.

Nice hike, not difficult and the oasis is cool but loses a star for the horse manure everywhere. And you have to move out of the way when horses need to pass, at times perching up on the edge of the trail. I think riders should be required to have the horse diapers on them so hikers don't have the poop obstacle course and they get to enjoy the stench instead of us... We renamed it Horsesh!t Canyon, ;)

Easy trek with our dog. Some spots required a little extra footwork around trees where the sand was slippery, but neither kids nor adults were phased by this. The temp was perfect for the summertime- breezy and cool. To get to the trailhead, you’ll drive through a camp parking lot over a very shallow creek (at least when we were there) and make a couple windy turns before reaching an open space for several cars to park. The trail is covered in shade with lots of wildflowers and a little stream below the path. You can actually get to the heart in the picture if you climb down from the trail and climb up the rocks.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice hike, path a little hard to follow and was easy to moderate til you get to the downhill part to get to the water. we had 4 children with us (ages 3 and 6), a little stressful, but in the end totally worth it. We stayed in the little water hole opposite of the jump off area. Perfect for the kids and it was like our own personal water hole. If bringing younger kids expected to carry them and to be on high alert with them. Can't wait to come back!!!

off road driving
2 days ago

Super simple trail, we went during July and no creak water crossing. Not a bad trail though, super easy didn’t even engage 4x. Lifted sequoia.

nice view took my 3 year old he loved it.

This is more of a walk, with a paved path. It's a very pleasant walk and changes with the seasons. I've walked this in the rain and it was great! nice coverage through one third of the walk.

on Black Mountain Trail

3 days ago

Fantastic hike. I was looking for a physical challenge and this trail delivered. No need to repeat what everyone's already said, I just have a couple of things to add.
1. I used the in-app "Directions" arrow icon + Google Maps which took me directly to the trailhead via 243 S towards Idyllwild (from the Banning area). The only error was Google saying the trailhead was on my right/west-ish when it was actually on my left/east-ish but it otherwise, it was on point. All you can see from 243 is a dirt road heading kind of south-east up the mountain. There is a small sign saying street-legal vehicles only allowed. Follow the dirt road a few yards up to the parking lot.

2. I stopped to catch my breath at one point and heard a distinct rattle. As I instinctively jumped away I spotted a rattlesnake, rattles and all, about 2 feet away. It was the same grayish color as a lot of the sticks on the ground. I would never have known it was there had he not been so kind as to warn me!

hiking
4 days ago

Lots of people and groups, kids, somewhat scenic trail. The closet parking area is indicated. We went a bit farther than the main tourist attraction, but wasn't worth it. Scrambling on rocks, cliffs somewhat fun.

It's really nice, well kept up, densely forested, easy stroll with clean bathrooms, and nicely tagged scrubs, trees, wild flowers, ground cover, etc.. It's right on Hwy 18 with big parking lot. It's a great place to stretch. A tourist delight. Brochures galore at the trail head, free.

The Santa Ana River Trail from Angelus Oaks east to Highway 38 (about 16 miles or so one way) is an extremely nice area. We did an out and back from Middle Control dirt Road (aka Mill Creek Road) heading back West towards Angelus Oaks. Quite scenic. about 30 % of this track is pretty double track, then even prettier single track. The trail follows the side of a North facing steep mountain (down the hill is the huge Seven Oaks/ Santa Ana River canyon that ends at the ocean in Orange County). It is ledgy in a few parts, and you do have to pay attention. The trail narrows in a few place to maybe 8-10 inches with steep slopes on your side. There's bike tracks throughout though. Since this side of the mountain is north-facing, it is quite shady all day. Quite scenic, and becoming one of my favorite areas to hike. Didn't see a sole in the 3 hours we were out.

off road driving
4 days ago

Great trail. I did it in a mid size Dodge Rebel with no problems. There were some moderately difficult roads that made it all the more fun. Scenery was beautiful. Make sure you download the all trails “pro” version so you can follow the trail while you have no service. Definitely something I’d like to do again in the winter when there’s snow on the mountains. There is one part where you get to a fork on the road. The GPS tells you to go left on the 2N7OY. This is better suited for jeeps, motorcycles or small off road vehicles. Take a right on the 2NO2. Better for larger trucks or off road vehicles.
I took the 2N7OY in my Dodge Rebel and there were a few areas that got little sketchy with the bottom clearance but it made it way more exciting.

This hike was not too difficult. My wife and I are both in our sixties and found the level of activity just right. Beautiful meadow at the top of the loop.

The trail itself was mostly sand and gravel so you were not constantly walking over rocks and uneven terrain.

Went here on a Friday afternoon, no one else was at Aztec falls, was beautiful and surreal. Very steep hike down to the falls; I basically sat down and scooted whole way down, and climbing up was a bit hard, had to find rocks and branches to pull up on. The falls were very worth it! While hiking on trail by bridge heard a noise, looked down to see a huge rattle snake less than a foot from me! We also saw other small snakea crossing the trail! Easily got to Splinters cabin parking area in Nissian Maxima! Beautiful, would highly recommend! Defiantly check out the waterfall, was the highlight of the hike! Very special when no one else is there! Was weary about some of the reviews stating that there was trash all over by the falls. There were a few cans but that's about it, still very beautiful. One of the best hikes in the area! Very much worth it.

I have to agree with Justin (fr abt a yr ago). If you are an experienced off roader, this may be an easy trail, but for newbies or just starting, it's sufficiently challenging. I was in a high clearance Toy4Runner, & was happy for the clearance. This trail is *on average* moderate IMO. It's really a mix of easy and moderately challenging, but it's not a trail to be inattentive on. Many places if you had a breakdown would be a major PIA. Like Justin, I had a passenger who was not too happy, so keep in mind that "easy, moderate, etc" are relative terms. This is not a rock crawler, axle breaking, rollover trail by any means, but it's no snooze either.

Easy, fun, family trail

Short hike definitely moderate you’re going up hill for a good part of the hike, amazing view once you get to the top.

Amazing trail! Remember to bring more water than you need the sun gets intense so take your time on the way back. Also I had a blue heeler with me and he did great there and the way back for anyone thinking of bringing your furry kids.

Great trail with great views! Also take it slow around the sharp turns since it gets pretty narrow

off road driving
6 days ago

Running a stock JLU on 35s. Definitely tested the Jeep, but with spotters and a good line we made it through without major issues. Some scraped skid pans and rock sliders, but that’s what they’re there for. Happy trails

I grew up hiking on this trail and still love it. The 360 views from the top are definitely worth the trek.

Great place and not too far from Palm Springs. Bought a parking pass for $5 at the visitors center before heading to the mountain. Although the person who checked us in at the gate to the parking area needlessly scratched our parking pass with plenty of free gravel parking. He said it was already crowded at 10 am and we ended up being the only one at the top of the falls trail. Jerk move if you ask me.

Trail is pretty easy until you get further up the trail at the waterfall. Rocks are very slippery and the trail is steep at the end. Be careful and take your time navigating the final approach to the falls because it’s worth it. Such a shame all of the graffiti someone left for everyone there, looks horrible. Aside from that, plenty of shaded areas by the water to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the falls.

This is a great trail, with lots of shade along most of the route and loads of beautiful vistas. Take a lunch and have a meal at Grand View Point before heading back down.

hiking
6 days ago

Park by sprinters cabin day use area. Trail was hard to follow- we did the PCT on the way out and then had to scramble down the side of a cliff to get to the falls. Went along the creek on the way back which was equally hard. Dog got 2 ticks during the hike. It was really pretty though -minus the graffiti.

Great hike!!! But it’s Splinters trail to PCT. Legit 7 miles of uphill both ways.

Love it

mountain biking
7 days ago

Great trail

8 days ago

We each brought a trash bag and started collecting litter along the trail

My first 14er, the challenging hike was worth the views !

Great family hike.

Beautiful views! Several spots to set up camp after the ski hut. Only a couple water sources in early July (at ski hut) you can find water/creek information in the town of Mt Baldy at the visitor center entrance.

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