Explore the most popular hiking trails near Running Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

15 days ago

Great hike. Runs along the road. Parked across from Camp site #2 just off the Rim of the World

26 days ago

Great views from the top and how cool that the lookout is open to the public. The path reflected on this recording is definitely not the smartest route to take. It goes off course completely towards the top. If you stick to the road, it’s much simpler. All depends what you want to see....

This hike was not too difficult. My wife and I are both in our sixties and found the level of activity just right. Beautiful meadow at the top of the loop.

The trail itself was mostly sand and gravel so you were not constantly walking over rocks and uneven terrain.

This trail is across from the Snow Valley Ski Resort. The TH is "Little Green Valley" TH. Can go either direction on this loop. Little steep in a few places, but "not on your butt stuff". Our loop was not "rocky". Fair amount shade, and at decent altitude - i.e. can do this hike when it's a bit warm out other places. There are better 4 star hikes around (like in Big Bear, or Deep Creek in Lake Arrowhead) in the area, This is an easier hike than Keller Peak. This is an easy hike. All the trails are in decent shape, including "connector trails" not visible on Garmin Base Camp or all trails. About 15% of the loop is on a somewhat attractive double track road. Lots of view points. A lot of bike tracks in the "Bike Park", but we saw no hikers or bikers while we were there. It's not a problem walking through the parking lot of the ski resort to get back to your car. The alternative is to do a little bush-wacking near the end to get back to the start, or walk on the side of the road (the car go fast by here).

There is no place to park near the trail. You can maybe park at the ski resort down the street and cross the four lane highway but I decided to skip this trail and look for another trail with reasonable parking.

2 months 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.

great Trail

This trail was awesome!

off road driving
3 months ago

5 stars if hard is what you are looking for. JKU 2.5 lift 33 inch tires rear locker only. Destroyed my steering damper but no other damage. Never got stuck. but was pretty challenging. Big group took 6 hours. Don't solo it.

Nice trail. Wish the trail was marked a little better. Went off trail a few times but nothing too crazy. I’d go back.

Great trail , have Lockers

Great trail run I took my Ford F-250 through there was very fun there even was like a little river running thru there .

4 months ago

Keller Peak, The Children's Forest, and The Exploration Trail, all seem to be the same trail. It's always lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Like everywhere in SoCal, it gets crowded at about 11am or noon. Mountain Bikers show up about that time, and that's when I usually leave. get there early.

4 months ago

Keller Peak, The Children's Forest, and The Exploration Trail, all seem to be the same trail. It's always lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Like everywhere in SoCal, it gets crowded at about 11am or noon. Mountain Bikers show up about that time, and that's when I usually leave. get there early.

We started at 2N06X, still very challenging....

No view of the lake but beautiful scenery. Awesome in the winter

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

Nice quiet trail.

Take water.

This hike was way cooler in the 90's when the boyscout camp was still there. This is the original filming spot for Friday the 13th. Crystal lake was only a shallow lake with is a willow patch now.

This is a real gem of a trail. It is fairly short and easy but you are rewarded with views of the alpine pastures of Little Green Valley, which are truly beautiful.

11 months ago

This trail is great and everything a "moderate" trail should be. Beautiful views, perfectly strenuous to get the blood flowing but nothing extreme. Great single track is fun to trek down. HOWEVER, the GNATS are INSANE!
They were so bad that we cut the hike short just 2 miles in before we just has to turn back. I'm not even sure repellent would have helped, though definitely bring some and apply liberally if you go. The moral of the story here, although the trail is terrific, is to wait until the fall or spring when (presumably) the gnats arent around.

on Keller Peak

11 months ago

Great hike with impressive views of the San Bernardino National Forest. See if you can make it to the fire patrol station on Keller Peak, it's open to the public with awesome scenery atop the lookout post!

11 months ago

We did Six miles out and back ..I love the hike the only things is there was maybe .5 section with gnats and a few here and there. But I guess that's Norman when hiking this time around. Other then that it was great!

on Keller Peak

Sunday, August 06, 2017

My favorite trail anytime of year! The hike to the top is so worth it! Beautiful flowers in the spring and fall colors on fall. Light traffic .

Friday, July 21, 2017

I would definitely do it again, decently taxing uphill if you have a pretty good pack with weight in it. A couple of times it got a touch confusing because it appears to cross over a dirtbike path, so make sure you're paying attention, at one point it splits up on the left and down on the right, go up to the left.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

If your wanting a hike that isn't to long but gives you your bang for your buck this trail! Its so beautiful and will get your heart pumping .. There is meadow at the top with a stream you also get such great views from different spots on the trail .

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nice and quiet ..

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