Explore the most popular birding 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.

Awesome trail! Has everything you’d want - inclines, views of the lake, dig friendly, decent distance and not crowded. Will do this one again and again.

Great parking, no fee parking area. Easy walk to the falls, kid and dog friendly. Beautiful scenery all the way, we went a week after the mountains got snow, falls were amazing.

Quick hike, had a great time, especially taking in the view and climbing on the rocks along the trail. Early Jan, not much snow quite yet!

on Castle Rock Peak

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail, moderate incline, fairly easy

Started 1/12 at 7:30 am, lots of snow from the beginning. After half way camp we took a different trail (looked like the right one) that took us an extra 2 miles out of the way through 2-3 feet of snow. Finally made it to high creek just before dark. it was about a 9 hour day due to the "detour".. High Creek was below 20° at night.
We decided not to go for the summit on 1/13 becuase of two factors: exhausted from the previous day's detour and we were told it was waist deep snow and undoable even with snow shoes (which was the only gear we were short of).

All said and done it was an unforgettable experience and the wilderness is absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to come back and conquer Old Gray Back!

trail running
3 days ago

Jan 2018; Parking by Permit only. No access.

My third time hiking to the peak of San Gorgonio. My second time not making it to the top. Which is another story.

The views from the trails are and have always been amazing to me. This trail like many others has a wide variety of switchbacks. Of which are not excessively steep. The second half or so of the trail, this time of year (January 13, 2108) was blanketed in snow. About 3 feet of which towards the end which was one of the factors in why it went incomplete this time around.

All around great hike the trial head is not to far off from the parking lot, maybe a half mile. The USFS will ask for a permit for parking as well as if your planning to spend the night. For parking they do have a non-permit day lot.

Overall great hike of the now 5 hikes I’ve done in San Bernardino. I will come back and complete this one.

awesome natural feature. right off the PCT. downhill going in and up hill going out.

So pretty up there perfect for kids a bit of rocky start but great lil hike just wish people had more respect for nature picked up their trash and didn't graffiti all the beautiful rocks. We took a trash bag with us and picked up trash along the way.

What a great surprise with the waterfall! The rain a few nights ago really was wonderful!!

on Hurkey Creek Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful day, after two days of rain. The sound of Hurley Creek bubbling over the rocks for the first 1/2 mile invited exploration. Not that I left the trail to walk across on rocks, or a felled tree bridge. Went about two miles up, then turned back. Paid $6 to park at Hurley Creek Campground. I was given a map that didn’t give much info of the trail. I felt it was well worth the money and time. Glad I treated myself.

Extremely steep hike. About one hour to the springs. Leave when you have plenty of sunlight the trails are very confusing in the dark. We ended up sleeping on the mountain because we could not find our way back at night. Don't do it. Other than that absolutely gorgeous and worth the strenuous hike. Federal land so be prepared to see a lot of penis and other body parts of strangers that you could probably live without.

hiking
7 days ago

Super easy hike, with a beautiful destination point. The beginning of the hike is mostly rock, and some found it difficult to find the actual trail, but if you keep left through the rocks, you’ll get to the trail opening on the mountain side. The waterfall is beautiful, with a decent water collection at the base. Dog friendly hike, pretty trafficked on a weekend. There is a bit of graffiti throughout, and some trash, but worth the end point.

Real short hike with an awesome view of Big Bear Lake

I’ve been wanting to hike on the PCT and this portion of the trail was close to home so it was perfect ! Terrain is very easy and you have views of the Mojave river the entire way. Not the most gorgeous trail I’ve been on but for living in the High Desert this was a nice escape.

Not too bad, me and the wife really enjoyed this trail.

easy enough to hike and with a little simple rock climbing at the end, a great view of the entire lake from the top of the rock. We have brought kids as young as 12. ideal time is just before sunrise. we have also seen people camp in the crevasse at the top - pretty hard core, but to wake up to the sunrise would be amazing.

Beautiful day Jan 6 2018, nice steady hike, highly recommend go to Bertha peak off of cougar crest!

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