Explore the most popular forest 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.

So crowded over the memorial weekend. Beautiful views and the rivals and and trees were beautiful. So glad we went.

nice place,good for everyone

Did this yesterday and it was amazing. Still a little snow on the side of the trail towards the summit but nothing to worry about.

Weather was beautiful - didn’t need much more than 2 layers for most of the hike but it did get cold later in the shade.

We did it all in one go - took 9.5 hours including about 45 mins hanging on the summit - we were moving fairly quickly and packed super light.

The views going up the mountain after dry lake are incredible. Highly recommended.

hiking
15 hours ago

nice short hike. Took my 4 year old kid in my German Shepherd. It was a little crowded but it was also Saturday on Memorial Day weekend.

Gorgeous huge dried river bed of rocks leading to the waterfall that make you feel like you're on a different planet. Quiet and isolating if you walk the rocky terrain between the mountains. Absolutely loved it. The waterfall was easy to miss so pay attention when walking the river bed and take your phone to look at the map.

hiking
16 hours ago

I went with my husband and our 5 and 6 year old daughters. We all loved this trail. It was steep, but our daughters did awesome. They have been hiking for the past year and this was their most difficult hike. Once we finished, they asked to do it again!

17 hours ago

Loved with with a 2 year old and a small dog. It was just perfect 1 hour easy hike

This is my review on Dry Lake Hike, last week went to Dollar Lake, via the South Fork Trail, see my review on that Hike. We left at 7:30, weather was perfect, had 3L of water. Be aware that a large portion of this hike is through burn areas.
After 1 mile, you reach the Old Horse Ranch and meadow, another 2/10's of a mile you reach the Forest Service Road, if you go left up the road, for about 1.5 miles, you reach Poopout Hill Trail, a short 6/10's of a mile hike, with a nice view of San Gorgoino Peak, that intersects with the South Fork Trail.
About the 3 Mike mark, you reach the Dry/Dollar Lake split, go left and you come across your water stop if you need water. At the time of this review, their were 3 streams with flowing water. The next section is nice easy switchbacks with nice views. The very last section is much more rockier as you are going up a dry riverbed.
Once you reach Dry Lake (lake is dry), you can go left or right. Left takes you to the camp sites, Right takes you to the Dry Lake Trail, which leads up to the Peak. Their is a sign for water at Lodgepool Springs, we didn't go check it out or actually how far it is away. Their are lots of camp sites on the east side of the lake. We sat on a log, at the edge of the lake, had a relaxing lunch and took in all the beautiful views and wehad the entire area to our self.
As we headed back down, stopped to watch a woodpecker hammering away at a tree, saw lots of Steller Jays, Chipmonks, a dear, and two Jack Rabbit's. Lots of different varieties of flowers, and the Flume - which is a waterway off the Santa Ana River that winds all the way down to Jenkes Lake.
We took the short trail up to Poopout Hill, and down the service road, then back down the South Fork Trail back to the car. Overall the hike was awsome, didn't find it all that difficult. Only saw 4 people on the trail all day, and they were a group going up to Dry Lake to camp. Overall hike was around 8 hrs, but we were just taking our time, enjoying bring out in nature.

This place has History, and for the reason it's closed if you don't know don't ring in . People have disappeared up here yep gone missing. I've been coming up here for over 25 years now . spent nights up here . to bad some idiots ruined it. So. Cal is turning this way.

It’s a nice trail but very short! people with no respect for nature tagged up the whole trail! Waterfall is beautiful

Beautiful waterfall !!!

Beautiful view. Awesome hike. It look so perfect it looked fake or staged.

A very fun, family and dog friendly trail. a hidden jewel in SoCal.

there is a lot of graffiti, and no markings on where the trail is. Once you are past the rock bed follow the graffiti to the falls.

off road driving
8 days ago

May 2018 Drove by fire ravaged Aspen Grove top turnout. Area closed. Can see some Aspen shoots coming up at creek. Maybe 4' tall. Drove to Fish Creek and the corrals and spring survived the fire. Area beyond San G sign closed as well as trail that heads back down to Aspen Grove. Area won't be close to the same for decades (really a century.) Many burned trees seemingly marked for removal. Looked like they cleared a swath along the PCT for safety and it was open.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike for families and beginners. Lots of friendly traffic today. It’s very easy to find the heart rock. Plenty of photo opportunities. I will definitely return here for another hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful but there's not really a trail for the first mile which is just basically a rocky dry riverbed that you make your way down. We probably wouldn't have found where you turn off the riverbed to go up if people hadn't been coming out and showed us where to go. Once you're off the riverbed keep going up and stay to the left is the best advice we were given. It's quite steep and it goes on for about quarter to half a mile but once you get there it's absolutely beautiful. I gave it 4 stars for the amount of trash we saw and the fact that there's no real trail for the first mile or so. There is tons of graffiti as others have mentioned, i didn't mind that as much, i can appreciate it as some form of art but the trash really annoys me. Also for the first mile along the riverbed there is no coverage at all so odn't go on a super bright and clear day, we did it when it was overcast and cool which make it completely pleasant.

great hike the last 1/4 mile a killer

Love this hike!

walking
10 days ago

I love this place. It’s a family friendly hike. It moderately trafficked, and once you reach the bottom it’s beautiful!

Good exercise hike even from the shorter "cheater" trail (please see my track from a few days ago). We got off highway 38 at the fire road where my track begins. It was a little less than 7 miles off road each way from there to the trailhead parking area. The hike itself was only 7.5 miles and 1600ft up/down from there round trip to sugarloaf peak. Not many wildflowers yet. The dirt road is maybe a level 2/10 off road experience. I took it a little too fast in my Kia Sorento, and had to replace a leaking strut 2 days later (just take it slow, and you should be ok). About 0.9 miles into the hike from the TH is where the "cheater trail" meets the main trail, then onto the ridge, and out to sugarloaf peak. There are some interesting trees (like giant Juniper trees), great vistas (especially of Mt. San Gorgonio), and some interesting rock formations. Note - the trail is like stair climbing for 50% of it (though never hugely steep), and is annoying rocky (have good hiking boots on). Max temp was 47 degrees our day, which with the sun was about perfect hiking weather.

hiking
11 days ago

This trail started out fine. It was pretty dang steep, so we were glad we didn't have small children with us. The problems came when we were about a third a mile up. The path was so worn down by heavy foot traffic that you could no longer tell where the trail was at all! I even tried using the map from the app. No go. We wandered around for an hour then headed in the general direction of the lake. Eventually we found the trail about where we left it. The whole thing was frustrating. Counting all the steep terrain, and the unclear path, this is a difficult hike, and not pleasant.

hiking
11 days ago

Took our five kids on the trail. It was easy for all ages (youngest is 3). We all loved the nature facts at each station! Lots of great views, too!

very rocky terrain to get to the actual trail. Moderate Strenuous. 15-20mins depending on walk pace to get to the actual trail. Very Fun.

Nice hike, would do again.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is rocky for sure. Once you get to the falls though it’s worth it. Beautiful falls. Great for taking pics.

hiking
13 days ago

Went with my husband, 7yr old daughter and 10 yr old son. It was amazing!

hiking
13 days ago

Great short hike... plenty to see and lots of great photo ops. My girl and I did the hike together and she is six months pregnant so easily accessible to a wide variety of hiking levels. Part of the fun is discovering the rock! Enjoy!

We got a tab bit lost finding the trailhead. I believe there might be two ways to get there? We took the Bowen Ranch route. We brought along our 6, 17, and 18 year old boys. We knew the area was clothing optional so we spoke to them about possible nudity and to be open minded about the choice of others to wear (or not wear) clothing. There were definitely quite a few nude people, mostly men. And to our surprise the boys didn’t seem weirded out or awkward or giggly. They minded their business and enjoyed the creek and hot springs. The hike is moderate in difficulty and dog friendly. The trail is very clean. The rocks around the springs are easy enough to climb. Wish more people would remember to pick up their undergarments and trash. There is a $5 (per person) fee. The attendant that gives you the map is a bit abrupt, but I’m sure she has seen too many people do stupid things in the area so it’s understandable. Overall, we will come again, sans children and maybe even camp next time!

So so disappointed about all the trash everywhere.

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