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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.

off road driving
18 hours ago

Did this trail yesterday in my stock 4runner trd off road. Definitely download the map if your not familiar with the area, i took an off shoot of the trail and ended up on on of the more difficult trail sections with huge rocks to climb over needed up having to turn around and go the right way so be careful! Only saw 2 other people on the trail. Started in pioneer town then went to big bear.

Beautiful waterfall !!!

great Trail

Easy trail, gorgeous greenery mixed with the feel of the desert.

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
2 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.

2 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.

If we hadn’t used the map on this app we probably would have taken a lot of wrong turns. Beautiful scenery and moderate inclines. Good hike.

2 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.

A great hike! We hiked it at about 9:45..... we didn’t quite reach the bridge. The dogs were to tired. So we hiked down to the waters edge and let the dogs swim. By the time we hiked out it was pretty hot. But overall I feel accomplished! We made it! I definitely want to go again and make it to the bridge!

great hike the last 1/4 mile a killer

This is a narrow trail up a decomposed granite ridge to a nice secluded lookout point. Since the DG can be loose and the trail steep, wear appropriate shoes. Bring lots of water - there are no facilities or fountains at the trail head, lookout or along the way.

Much of the trail is sunny, but there are frequent shady patches to cool down and catch your breath.

Some recordings for this trail start at the end of the paved road, but there is space to park at the trail head along the unpaved Radford Truck Trail. This is the dirt road where the sign indicated “to big bear”, and another sign indicated a helipad.

Driving or hiking along the truck trail, continue straight through any intersection or junction. Look for overhead utilities and a fire usage restriction sign - the trail head is on the left. There is room for two or three cars to park off the road.

Total elevation gain over the 3 miles to the lookout was about 2000 ft from the trail head - not including the truck trail.

The view is primarily southward towards San Gorgonio and sometimes westward. It keeps getting better and better the higher you climb.

Once you reach the Skyline trail, follow signs towards Knotty Pine / Grandview.

Love this hike!

4 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.

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.

5 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.

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.

off road driving
6 days ago

Great trail. Some minor challenges without lockers in a lifted 17’ JKU with 35” tires. Really only would have engaged them once but a little bump and we were up and over.

Nice hike, would do again.

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

7 days ago

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

off road driving
7 days ago

Great trail completed in a stock JK Rubicon. Added difficulty is you take loop 2N70Y as this section has 7 - 10 steep rocky obstacles. The main road 2N02 was easily navigated. Beautiful Joshua trees transitioning into pines. Would highly recommend this trail.

7 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!

8 days ago

from the parking lot to the creek its more like 8 miles. Its a nice hike, very wilderness like scenery. Trail head is across the river, you know you reached the end when you hit the campground. You need at least 1/2 to 1 liter of water to be comfortable in reasonable weather. Steady incline the whole way to the creek.

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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