Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Definitely a “moderate”, not an “easy”. Dirt road to access was fine in our regular car as we took it slow, a lot of potholes but they weren’t too deep. Parked on a small pull out just before PCT. Really nice trail but a lot of steep climbing on a dirt road (especially near the top). The PCT options made it much nicer lower down. 4miles rt.

hiking
4 days ago

We had a great time under the shade of the beautiful trees. Lots of opportunity to sit and enjoy the views of what’s left of the sadly drying up Big Bear Lake- come see it before it’s a thing of our past. Lots of locals and tourists but not too much traffic for a weekday summer hike. Easy parking. The public restroom was pretty gross! This is a super easy hike. A 5 year old could handle it!

Great trail, for as far as we could make it. Rookie move to 1) start at 11am in June ack! too hot! 2) not have proper footwear.. flip-flops? duh and 3) wanted to walk, but ended up carrying my 3.4 lb Yorkie with me (see reason (1)!
ah! lesson learned but! I will look forward to a Fall or early Spring do-over

Loved this hike. My recording showed just over 8 hours of active hiking (not counting camping time or time at the top), so could definitely be done in a day. But I hiked to Trail Flats Camp (7miles, 3.5hrs), camped, and finished the loop the next day.

Lightly trafficked, I didn’t see many people at all. Vivian Creek is a busier route to the summit, and your run into those hikers at the top.

I chose to ascend via the eastern side of the mountain. That side of the loop is slightly longer than the western side, but not by much. My gps said 11 miles when I reached the summit.

Trail Flats was a great campsite. No water though, and no views. The only other camp site I actually saw was the summit camp - very exposed, but there are rock shelters set up. All of the other camp sites are a little away from the trail so I didn’t see them.

The only obvious water source right at the trail is at the loop fork three miles in. Other than that, you will have to go off trail to find water. I filled up 4 liters at the fork and it lasted me the whole loop.

Awesome place to hike with a toddler and a hiking backpack

Nice view at the top. Well marked trail and and fair amount of shade. We started the hike at 8 am on a Friday and saw about 20 people total during our hike. It took us about 1.5 hours up and 1 hr down. There is a campground about half way up with a vault toilet which was a pleasant surprise. The ascent was easy but I would say this trail was moderate due to the length which we clocked at over 7 miles. Would go again.

great hike. once you're at Grandview, beautiful view of the big bear valley.

This trail was really nice. A lot of switchbacks at the start but levels out towards the end. Really nice high elevation rocks and pines towards the lookout. Would absolutely do it again.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike for the whole family. We took our 10, 6, and 3 year olds. The 3 year old was super tired and wanted to be carried part of the way, but it was an easy hike for us and it was a great first hike for the kids. Great views.

Backpacked this a couple of months ago, such a rad trail! Had to turn around because we couldn’t see the trail anymore under the snow

Finally finished this trail after hiking it twice (time constraints) beautiful hike and well worth getting to the picnic and camping areas at the top. BEAUTIFUL change of scenery as you progress through this trail.

18 days ago

Woodland trail is a nice easy little hike. went there about 3 weeks ago and saw a rattlesnake taking in some sun. if you decide to go, keep your eyes open as it's getting a lot warmer and they're starting to come out.

Loved it. My app tells me I went 7.6 miles. Took over 4 hours. A little hard on the wife but she managed to pull through

hiking
20 days ago

Not an easy trail. Trail is well maintained. Bring lots of water on a hot day. Great view. Flannel bush in bloom, beautiful!

super easy trail, perfect weather. waterfalls are beautiful not much water going thru.

Beautiful views and beautiful flowers! No shade and tough hike for a beginner! But very satisfying!

hiking
24 days ago

This is a very solid hike in the dry Southern California Mountains. We did the Exploration Trail from the TH near Hwy 18 going uphill one way to the intersection of Keller Peak Rd. and the Exploration Trail ending point . It was a car shuttle (one car at the bottom, and the other near "Children's Forest"). We then drove to the top of Keller peak for some additional views. Note - the road gets very narrow from Children's Forest to the top of Keller Peak, though worth doing once. Avoid the drive on weekends. The 3,500 ft drop-off to the southwest near the top is impressive in spots. We saw no hiking trails there independent of the paved road, i.e., if your hiking to the top, your on the paved roads from Children's Forest to the top pretty much. Your welcome to climb the final fire outlook station once your at Keller Peak if personal is there (they are usually there). Our hike was just 4 miles long with 1440 ft elevation gain one way. Nicely kept trail, nothing "ledgy", and hard to go wrong. More Mountain bikes than hikers though. Some variety in scenery. Note - to go from "Children's Forest" to the peak, there is no clear trails to avoid the road, at least on the southern side, and we were looking for them, regardless of tracks on alltrails.

Easy trail to follow. Beware of all the Poodle Dog Bush!

hiking
27 days ago

very nice easy trail

Very nice out and back trail. I also recommend that when you return to the parking lot to tack on the San Andreas loop.

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.

29 days 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.

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

off road driving
1 month 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
1 month 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!

Be aware of $9 per person entrance fee. Well worth it. The trail is part of Indian Canyons. It was a fun and interesting hike lots of beauty and interesting features. I'd definitely hike it again.

Just completed this hike. 4hr30min with a couple breaks and 3L of water. Lake was dry, the creeks were flowing but is very easy to cross. Unfortunately, the first 2-3 miles was burned down a couple years ago and right now is still just a forest of charred trees.

Incline is mild with a couple short tough parts. Only saw about 10 people. Great day hike, will come back in the winter.

Great hike - very peaceful and beautiful views! My family and I were alone on a Saturday. We only passed one other family who was on their way out when we started.

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