Best trails in San Bernardino National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in San Bernardino National Forest, California? AllTrails has 175 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 107 moderate trails in San Bernardino National Forest ranging from 1.2 to 31.9 miles and from 1,666 to 10,652 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
The wild lands of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountain Ranges were designated a National Forest more than a hundred years ago. The Forest Reserve Act was passed in 1891, giving us the San Bernardino Forest Reserve, which became the San Bernardino National Forest in 1925. The San Bernardino National Forest as public land was set aside for the conservation of natural resources such as trees, water, minerals, livestock range, recreation, or wildlife. Today, the San Bernardino National Forest serves as southern California's outdoor year-around recreation destination, as well as providing valuable watershed protection. Drive the scenic Rim of the World Scenic Byway and Palms to Pines Scenic Byways to discover your local National Forest.
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#1 - Heart Rock Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 53 m
Park in Camp Seeley in a small dirt parking lot. This trail is short and along a creek with some small water falls and 10 - 15 foot water fall near Heart Rock. Some of the small water falls could be uShow more
#2 - Castle Rock Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Castle Rock Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear Lake, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number Show more
#3 - Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
NOTE: You will need an adventure pass to park. The Pine Knot Trail starts at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area and features oaks, pines, wildflowers, and spectacular views of Big Bear Lake. Continue in a pShow more
#4 - Bonita Falls Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 50 m
Remember to stop at the Ranger Station or AMPM for your daily parking pass - $5.Show more
#5 - Cougar Crest Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
NOTE: On site parking requires an Adventure Trail pass.Show more
#6 - Bertha Peak Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
Bertha Peak Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bear City, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and tShow more
#7 - Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
NOTE: Using the "Directions" button on this trail may direct you to a different location on your GPS. Please note the trailhead on this map. This is a short hike to natural hot springs within the SanShow more
#8 - South Fork Trail to Dry Lake
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 16 m
If you're not used to high altitude hiking, this hike may be challenging. The Ranger station has the most updated map, but even then don't believe the switchbacks it displays; there are about nine or Show more
#9 - Bear Lake Woodland Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 48 m
Lake Views, Interpretive Signs and Brochures, Well-Maintained Trail The Woodland Trail provides an excellent introduction to and explanation of the flora indigenous to Big Bear Lake. An informative Show more
#10 - Big Falls Trail
San Bernardino National Forest
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 27 m
The road leading to the trailhead may close seasonally. From May 2019 on, there will be no off-route hiking on this route. This means that at the end of the trail, where the waterfall is, you cannot Show more
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