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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.

Time: 10:45am at beginning of trailhead
Followed AllTrails map.
Temperature: 80s.

If you stick to the All trail map, the mileage is pretty accurate. Very little shade on this hike. Path is narrow in a lot of areas so be careful.
If you stop at the location specified in the map, there’s a shaded open area with rocks to sit and lay on next to the river/ stream which was green from the algae but still nice and serene.
There were quite a few dirt bikes at the beginning before the trailhead which kicked up a lot of dirt. They don’t tend to slow down so watch out. Apparently it’s a thing here. The majority of hiking trail does not allow motorized vehicles.

A couple of reviewers mentioned a waterfall on this trail. You need to detour off the trail down a pretty steep hill to go to Aztec Falls. This was about 1/3 of the way in so look out for it if that’s what you want to do.

Tip: bring extra water if weather is hot
Bring poles if you go down to Aztec falls. It will help.

Time: 6ish
Temperature: high 70s
Trails were pretty smooth and easy to walk on.
Beautiful walk/hike around lake arrowhead. Gorgeous views of the lake and high end homes that surround it.
Just be careful with all the distractions from the absolutely amazing houses you will see.
Mosquitos do come out at dusk.

11 hours ago

Great views from the top and how cool that the lookout is open to the public. The path reflected on this recording is definitely not the smartest route to take. It goes off course completely towards the top. If you stick to the road, it’s much simpler. All depends what you want to see....

Easy, shady trail. Not long but beautiful and educational. Great for families with small children.

Good entry level trail. Well maintained for the most part, I made a mistake a veered off to 3NO3 but realized it about 1-2 miles in and came back up. It was a good trip though.

No parking and huge potholes- couldn’t find the trail :(

hiking
21 hours ago

First time hiking this trail. Our 6 year old had no problem keeping up and led the way most of the hike. Great scenery.

Good for beginners! Really nice place!

off road driving
1 day ago

great for an easy drive with the family. Low difficulty.

Best hike in the area

Nice hike great views

Great hike! You do get winded going up so be sure to go slow and take a break. Once at Castle Rock, the views are awesome! We had intentions of hiking to Bluff Lake Reserve as another reviewer recommended but we couldn’t find it. So we explored more around the area and that was fun.
We were able to park right at the trail head, arrived at 8:30 on a Saturday. By the time we headed out, 2hrs later, there were a lot more people on the trail. I suggest you start early.

off road driving
1 day ago

Awesome trail for beginners! Made it up no problem with stock 4x4 4Runner with all terrain tires. The volunteer at the tower said rains from a couple weeks ago rutted our the trail more than usual. Great viewpoints and so glad we checked it out while in big bear. Trail can get tight and by all the reviews seems it is pretty popular. Luckily we didn’t see one person going either way on a early Friday morning.

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, ;)

hiking
2 days ago

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
2 days 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
3 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

4 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
5 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
5 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.

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