Explore the most popular lake 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.

this hike is long, but has equivalent elevation gain to nearby hikes and so is actually a fairly mild hike. there is very little steep climb, and the views at the end are gorgeous! and to clarify, it's ~6.5mi round trip (despite being out-and-back). trail markers aren't super clear, so make sure you reference a map and don't end up on the fire roads and down the wrong trail!

with many breaks and pauses for photos, this hike took us about 3.5hrs. perfect hike for dogs!

It was very hot and dry, so carry plenty of water. Trail is well maintained with great views. The last half mile or so was very steep. My GPS recorded 7.2 mile to the top of Bertha Peak.

trail running
7 days ago

Nice hike. More easy than moderate. Many people seen wearing only very simple shoes. Than it can't be very difficult. Great views but the lake disappointed a little.

Fun hike, great views.

love this trail. I've both hiked and MTB it

Great hike, took the entire family, lots of shade

hiking
19 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.

This trail’s parking needs a recreation pass

Cool trail and very peaceful but we were surprised that the grand view point at the end actually faces away from the lake. Was a lot of work (3.3m)! .5 mile or so into the trail has the lake views, we didn’t realize that from all the pictures and assumed they were of the end!

Great hike! Packed my lunch and took a break just before getting to the top. Lots of shade so it’s a comfortable hike in the summer heat.

Time: 6ish
Temperature: high 70s
Trails were pretty smooth and easy to walk on.
Beautiful walk/hike around lake arrowhead. Gorgeous views of the lake and high end homes that surround it.
Just be careful with all the distractions from the absolutely amazing houses you will see.
Mosquitos do come out at dusk.

No parking and huge potholes- couldn’t find the trail :(

hiking
28 days ago

First time hiking this trail. Our 6 year old had no problem keeping up and led the way most of the hike. Great scenery.

Best hike in the area

This is a great trail, with lots of shade along most of the route and loads of beautiful vistas. Take a lunch and have a meal at Grand View Point before heading back down.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail

My first 14er, the challenging hike was worth the views !

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Wasn’t able to make it the whole way because of a large thunderstorm.

good hike with great views from the peak. very steep near the top. my dog also liked it.

Great hike just peaked Greyback via dollar lake trail on July 3, 2017. Weather was spectacular. Loved this way up better than Vivvian Creek. Longer but not crazy verticle like Vivvian. The best source of water is at the trail divide. Yes there is water at High Meadows but tough to find and tough to get at. Stayed over night at Red campground great spot.

Lovely trail. Fantastic views

hiking
1 month ago

Easy gradual incline. Great views through different types of terrain. Tracked my hike at 7.0 miles

The view is a valley..for such a harder trail. Shade and peaceful on the way though

Easy short hike from the highway. Little water runoff from the lake along the trail in a couple of parts.

My son and I did Pine Knot Trail and really enjoyed it. The trail was well marked and the shaded. The views are amazing! It was a great way to start the 4th of July!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike that is 7 miles with a gradual uphill climb. Great for a morning or late afternoon. Also kid friendly if your kids have been out hiking a few times.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike with shades. Definitely do it again.

South Fork Trail in Barton Flats continues to be a very strong hike in spite of recent fires. It still has a beauty which is different than before. Never hiked a burn area before. The burned trees are very interesting. What is really different is the undergrowth and especially the wild flowers which has to be one of the best in the mountains right now. There is lots of light getting to the forest floor because of the burn, making this wonderful flower show! Trails are in great shape (and only slightly rocky). We went to South Fork Meadows only, and had lunch near the stream.

The trail starts in a camp ground, where there is no parking available for hikers. This entire mountain seems unfriendly toward day trip hikers. It might be possible to hike this trail if you park at McKay Park and hump up the hill to the camp ground.

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