Explore the most popular backpacking trails in San Bernardino National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

love everything about this trail

Great trail. Easy enough to take kids and dogs. Some great views of the lake. Not a lot of parking though.

What a great hike! it had been 19 years since I last hiked this mountain. The All Trails app is so awesome and helpful. There were a couple times when the trail wasn’t clearly marked. One was on the descent and there was no marker for the San Bernardino and Vivian creek Trail but the app got me on course. Also while approaching Dollar Lake, there was a meadow where the trail basically disappeared with no markers but the app was right on. I was amazed at how many people were at the summit (approx 60) on this day. Weather was a perfect 63 degrees with slight wind until past Dry Lake then it picked up and increased all the way up. Consumed 4.5 liters of water. Last source of water on the way up was about 1/2 mike from Dry Lake with a small spring bubbling up on the trail. Lots of dead trees from past fires and saw 3 blow over from the wind. No wildlife to speak of except birds.

Great trail!

We hiked this yesterday for the second time. We reached the trail at about 1:30 pm on Labor Day and the parking lot was full. We ended up parking at the Discovery Center and walked a short paved path to Cougar Crest Trail. The trail is challenging in that it’s very rocky. Wear hiking boots if you can. The views of the lake and the forest are amazing. I will keep coming. Great day hike!

Difficult, but rewarding. Amazing view!

This was a great hike some shade and nice incline. Beautiful view of the lake.

off road driving
24 days ago

Perfect for the first timer. Took my 2016 cherokee trailhawk, stock height, stock a/t tires. was a breeze. Did about half the trail as I was alone and not many people out here. Would recommend for a chill off road experience.

made it to san antonio on the redo its 15.2 miles from the parking area before acorn trail. this is a beautiful hike tremendously challenging, the views from pine and baldy are wonderful it was a clear day in thr desert north and a cloudy day in La south, great views of san gorgonio and san jacinto, this is a prime hike for the dedicated outdoorspeople get out here its amazing.

off road driving
28 days ago

Drove this road in a stock Tacoma Off-Road. Only a couple sections where the 4WD was really needed. Lots of switchbacks and ruts. The view from the top was awesome. We had a really clear day and could see for miles and miles. If you’re in Big Bear definitely take this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

What a great trail! The gate was open so we drove in for about a mile so our entire hike was closer to seven miles, instead of ten. We parked on the side of the road in a dirt patch and then hiked the rest of the way. There were several cars passing us along the trail. It is a fire road the whole way up and then there is a trail through the rocks to get to the lookout. The trail isn't too steep. No one was was there when we got up there. Really great views all around.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike. Gets your heart pumping and has nice varied terrain. Massive rock formations and boulders all over the trail as well as some nice forest sections and some gorgeous views. Very easy to follow. I started at the base near the fire station outside of Running Springs and took the trail all the way to the start of the Children’s Forest near Arrowbear and walked back down. There were some gnats in a few sections but they weren’t biting just a nuisance. Worth doing this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really good hike. Only reason why I give it 4 stars is because it’s all fire road until you get to the Ranger Station then it’s a short scramble up some switchbacks to a really cool lookout point. Would be perfect if it had a little more varied terrain. I went very early on a weekday morning and it was desolate. Didn’t see another soul the entire time. Very good workout and steady elevation gain. This is an excellent hike if your training for something more substantial as well. Worth the trip for sure. I parked at the very head of the trail but there are some areas you can park once you enter onto the road. I assume you probably need an adventure pass as well. The GPS directions lead you right to the base of the fire road/Trail. Rewarding views from the top!

Did this once in January and again yesterday. In winter there was no trail above dry lake, it is a proper mountaineering experience if you want to get to the summit (and safer to climb it direct vs trying to find a trail anyways). The closest thing to a big mountain wilderness experience you can find in So Cal. Just returned as a training hike and not another soul on the mountain. I started at 1pm and setup camp on the summit at ~7pm, took 4 hours to get down in the am. When snowless it is still just as beautiful, probably my favorite trail in So. Cal.

My son and I left Wrightwood at Acorn & Finch at about 9am and made it to Pine Mountain and back despite getting lost early, just about 1/4 mile above WW a sign says Acorn Trail to the left, “2.1 Miles to PCT and 1500 feet of gain”. Well, of course we went straight or right and ended up having to scramble on all fours 1000 feet up a ridge to get back to the trail. What a great hike! We saw a rattlesnake on the trail coming down. Not too hot, the Devils Backbone portion from the Jeep Road up to Pine Mt has some knarly parts to it, steep fall off both sides, loose rocks, gaining altitude trail. It seems like you can see forever atop Pine Mt. Definitely going to try and do the whole hike, the three peaks, in September.

very steep but rewarding.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and it helped having trees for shade when we needed it. We got up partial way in our car and hiked the rest. Volunteer rangers at the top were really friendly and loved talking about the terrain. I highly recommend this hike.

I love this....

Great trail, well constructed and maintained. A push for this 71 yr old

Map ends in the middle of the highway, no trailhead no parking no signs, nothing.

Good hike given the proximity to LA.

Great hike, did it backpacking over 2 nights 2.5 days. Did a bit of the scenic route so it was more like 32 miles or something. Amazing adventure, first night camped at cucamonga second night on baldy. Met some great people made amazing memories and overall had one of the coolest experiences I’ve yet to live, 10/10 recommend. Did it early June and the weather was good, being like 10L of water if your doing this in one day though!

best mountain ever

We didn't make it all the way before we turned around, but almost. it's a great hike, not very difficult. We only saw a couple other hikers the whole time. Planning on doing it again and going the whole way.

off road driving
1 month ago

Super easy trail. Don’t even need 4wd. Just a standard truck with decent ground clearance can make it through if you keep the momentum going on the longer rocky parts.

off road driving
1 month ago

Very easy trail with nice views. 4wd not necessary.

hiking
2 months ago

This one is a great family hike. Very kid friendly. Incline is not bad at all and trail is well traveled.

off road driving
2 months ago

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

Nice hike great views

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