Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

View from the top is amazing!! Challenging areas on the way up but well worth it!

Beautiful trail! Lots of "BAM!"s (Beauty Appreciation Moments) from the massive redwood trees at the beginning, the sweeping views over the mountains, and the snow!

As of Saturday Feb 18, trails were clear below around 9000ft, and microspikes and poles are highly recommended above that elevation. We passed some people barebooting it, but it was quite slippery in some parts on the packed snow.
Jackdaw Springs where we camped was well sheltered from wind. There was some flowing water but it was very shallow (1" of water or so) and muddy. The last mile or two before Foresee Creek was quite windy, we were glad we had our hardshell jackets+pants. We didn't find water at Forsee Creek, so we cut short our plans to continue to Bernardino Peak because we didn't have enough fuel to melt snow.

It snowed a little this morning (Sunday Feb 19) in Angelus Oaks, so conditions have probably changed on the trail.

Amazing hike with beautiful scenery. Could be challenging for some but the view is well worth it. I plan on doing this hike again very soon.

hiking
2 days ago

1) first part of the hike you have to cross a creek. You will get wet. *there is a bridge that is on "private property" that we used so we wouldn't get wet
2) 1/2 of the hike is very very rocky! Wear good shoes.
3) graffiti is everywhere though I don't mind seeing the art
4) must purchase a parking pass from the Ranger station for $5 (or AMPM from other reviews)
5) very windy today and there were some rocks that fell from the mountain so don't walk too close (in the rocky area)
6) over all this was a great hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end. There were enough people around to ask "which way to the waterfall?"

Super loved this hike! After reading the reviews I brought hiking poles for the last steep part and it helped A LOT with stability, would definitely recommend that. The springs are amazing, several different pools and a cold area to swim in as well.

nice hike in. No overgrowth as stated by others. Meet a great couple with kids. My fog loved the hike as much as I did. Will come back again. This is a hike you should be Waring hiking boots and pants

Not much to look at while hiking. Need a gps to stay on the trail otherwise you’ll end up billy hosting up the rocks

off road driving
3 days ago

Great off road trail with two harder obstacles. Took 3 hours with photo ops taking our time. Moving time was 1.5 hours.

One of my favorite hikes I've ever done. The majority of the hike is easy - the only thing that's hard is the last little bit before the springs. Going down is super steep and sandy, so watch your step. While dogs are allowed on this trail, our dog (and half our group) didn't make it past the final slope down. This slope is also challenging on the way back up - I needed plenty of breaks and probably should have brought much more water than the 22 oz. I had brought with me.

There is nudity at the hot springs, so if that makes you uncomfortable don't go. They also recommend that you do not drink the water and do not submerge your head under the water.

The hot springs are beautiful and incredibly relaxing and so worth the tough hike back up the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy to miss! Keep left! Don't go right! Spent most my time going up the stream on the right and ended up too far from where it was. If you spent more than 20 mins to get there then you probably went the wrong way. Look for a sign covered with graffiti. And yes, there is only one parking space and you need the day pass from the ranger station.

trail running
4 days ago

Took the butler peak trail. Trail running. Closed to cars. Amazing. Soft. Lil snowy. Epic views. And the tower. Just an incredible end to 5 miles up. Loved it.

I absolutely love this trail. It is so peaceful and beautiful all the way through especially the view at the end. I started the hike in the early morning and there weren't that many others until I was on my way back down.

nice short pretty trail, elevation going up isn't that horrible. once you get to the meadow its super nice also flat.

off road driving
8 days ago

Lots of tight turns and plenty good obstacles.

I was a little confused because it says it’s closed but cars were still parked. It gets pretty hot there’s no shade, go early when you have a few hours to explore before it gets too hot

Great hike. Like the others have said, its a steep descent and ascent at the last 1/2 mile-3/4 mile of the hike. No one in our group really slipped and had a fun time descending. Ascending was hard but still fun. I wouldn't recommend this hike for novice hikers - mainly because of their worry of going down the ridge and slipping and then the climb back up. A few in our group did not make it all the way :(

The hot springs are beautiful. Make sure to visit all seven in varying temperatures and depths. Bring food to snack on, but please make sure to carry any trash out! Water shoes with good grip would also be ideal to take because of the algae on the rocks make it easy to slip inside the small pools of water.

Take plenty of water. It is not recommended that you drink ANY of the water near the hot springs, even from the source.

hiking
8 days ago

Great views. Moderately challenging at the end with large incline. Overall pretty nice hike.

backpacking
9 days ago

Was up here early this morning. Started around 5:30am - 3:45pm I only saw a small group of people hiking up the riverbed. They were lost. I was the only person back there today, it was nice and quiet. Saw a deer by the waterfall near the horseshoe. I love hiking back here. Lots of secluded areas to venture off into. Other waterfalls people don’t know are back here.

Just got back . Did a gear shake down that didn't go well. To cold for iPhone after a couple miles. I wasn't the only one up there although it wasn't crowded at all. You could summit and many I talked to did. Cramp-ons needed so I came up 1,000 ft' or so short of the top. My water bladder froze during the night but all my other gear worked well. This was a spur of the moment thing for me but I am going back to get some pictures and get to the dang top. Watch the elevation change. Made me a little dizzy on the way up so be prepared for that if you think it may take a toll on you. I did a face plant into a large bolder but my teeth are still intact :

I summited San G on Friday, February 9th, 2018. I started my hike at VC Trailhead at 6:4t am solo. Made it to the summit and back in 10 hours exactly. A personal record. The top half of the trail was covered in snow. Enough snow to make it challenging, but not too much to make it dangerous. I felt confident hiking fast with micro spikes and hiking poles. I have been keeping a close eye on San G’s weather the past weeks and months. I would NEVER attempt this trail alone in february, had we not had a dry year like this year.

Plenty of footsteps all the way through the snow made by pervious hikers. No need for a gps device when I was up there. That could very well change after a storm.

Check the weather. Have the proper gear. Do your training. Let someone know about your destination and time and have a beautiful hike.

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