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.

I just hiked the section from Glass Road to Thomas Hunting Grounds. This is a very pretty section of the trail with a lot of diversity. Several pretty stream crossings. Not great for those afraid of heights though because some sections have a steep drop off combined with a narrow trail.

Important to note: the trail is severely eroded on either side of Schneider Creek. After feeling unsafe in a couple spots and seeing more up ahead, we ended up traveling down Schneider Creek to Middle Control Road. There was a sign indicating this coming from west but not the east. Best to stay on Middle Control Road for this section, as it closely parallels, until this gets fixed!

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome trail.. I recommend heading up early due to parking and crowds. It has a beautiful view once you hit the top. I would totally do it again.

Nice shaded trail but steep to get to falls. Hard to find trails or where to park.

I love this....

hiking
4 days ago

Decent hike with a small waterfall. It’s usually filled with younger people there chilling. I would say the easier route is when you see the bridge don’t go on it. Rather before taking a right to the bridge go left on the other trail. It’s faster. It does have a steep trail at the end but overall fast. If you cross the bridge you will have to get wet and it will take longer.

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

A beautiful water fall.

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

hiking
7 days ago

it's not a very long hike like every one stated but when you need to go down to get to the falls its very scary. very slippery and big rocks all around. I had a very hard time coming back up, not physically, mentally I probably wont go back because the place was nice but not worth my height freight. younger crowd uses this place for a drinking and party zone just fyi. it was alright. and you dont need a all wheel drive to get to it, it's not that serious. lol

hiking
8 days ago

Nice short hike with some water to get your feet wet. Family friendly with lots of shaded areas to relax.

I did a shorter version of this hike (5.7 miles total) that begins at the junction of Polique Canyon Road and the PCT (as described in John Robinson's "San Bernardino Mountain Trails" book and by other reviewers on this page).

In addition to a shorter overall distance, my route from the PCT to the summit was slightly different from what's shown on this page. At around 2.3 miles, I hiked west on an overgrown road (shown as 3N80 on this map) to a use trail that travels south to the summit. This entire section from the PCT to the summit is the hardest part of the hike, as it's very steep and the trail is faint. There are ribbons and cairns that guide you though.

The view from the summit (a pile of rocks) isn't that great, so follow the ribbons south of the summit about 100 yards to a lower outcropping of rocks. The view from there is incredible.

great trail. alot of fun. not too hard

Lots of rocks, would recommend hiking shoes and water shoes for when you get to falls. It’s really nice though, I’m for sure going back.

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!

A nice hike with family. Had fun climbing on the rocks!

off road driving
10 days ago

We had such a great time. No problems just a little rocky in some areas. I drive a stock Xterra pro x. I would like to come back and do it again when it snows.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. Runs along the road. Parked across from Camp site #2 just off the Rim of the World

walking
10 days ago

The trail was nice, and had a lot of shadows. But the entrance was hard to find. You have to go in front of the camp, then follow the pavement until you see a dirt road.

off road driving
11 days ago

What an awesome experience! Got to take my 3 year old and 5 year old out in the rig today and had a blast! Honestly I stayed in 2wd for 97% of the trail. Gets pretty rocky in some sections but overall definitely worth checking out!

Great hike, took the entire family, lots of shade

11 days ago

You need all wheel drive for the dirt roads OR park and hike on to trail head.

Beautiful view once you get to the top!

off road driving
13 days 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.

first time and had a wonderful time.. going back again soon.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful forest hike. View is spectacular but it needs to be very clear to see the ocean and Catalina. Nice view of San Gorgonio peak. Went at 6am to avoid the mountain bikers.

hiking
14 days ago

Drinking, chanting and anxious cliff jumping... what can go wrong?

Really, the spot was beautiful and the hike was nice. The road was rough as you get closer and the last little bit of the hike was a bit of a struggle down to the swimming hole. It would no doubt be a 5 star hike in my book except it is a party spot of sorts. I did this hike with my family on a Sunday afternoon in July. Maybe midweek or early morning would have less people.

no wilderness permit required..I ck at ranger station before heading up..just the pass for the car..6.5 hrs total

off road driving
14 days ago

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

We really enjoyed this trail. Good views, not too hard. Peaceful. Feels more secluded that you are in a few spots. Saw signs of mountain lion & some different birds. Trees pretty healthy relative to other parts of SBNF. Did see a mountain bike go off one of the dropoffs and take a tumble so use caution. It stays fairly close to roads & cabins so there is light traffic noise but you can also hear the river & birds.

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