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Gems in San Bernadino National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite Looking across the San Bernardino Mts, at Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), in the San Gabriel Mts, from the Keller Peak Fire Lookout.

Keller Peak Fire Lookout

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Recommended Routes in San Bernadino National Forest - 9

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Favorite Vivian Falls - Forest Falls, CA, USA
Difficult

San Gorgonio Peak

16.3 mi 26.3 km 5,484' Up 1671.53 m Up 5,484' Down 1671.41 m Down

Banning, CA
Favorite Great view in the morning looking east.
Intermediate/Difficult

Aspen Glen - Skyline Loop

12.5 mi 20.2 km 1,954' Up 595.72 m Up 1,956' Down 596.18 m Down

Big Bea…, CA
Favorite The trailhead located at the edge of Deep Creek Hot Springs Campground. The hike quickly begins descending into the arid landscape.
Intermediate/Difficult

Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail

3.7 mi 5.9 km 917' Up 279.35 m Up 917' Down 279.46 m Down

Lake Ar…, CA
Favorite Looking across the San Bernardino Mts, at Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), in the San Gabriel Mts, from the Keller Peak Fire Lookout.
Intermediate/Difficult

Keller Peak via Exploration Trail

12.6 mi 20.3 km 2,022' Up 616.43 m Up 2,022' Down 616.43 m Down

Running…, CA
Favorite Approaching the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain, a.k.a. "Old Greyback"
Intermediate/Difficult

South Fork of the Santa Ana River via Dollar Lake

19.7 mi 31.8 km 4,569' Up 1392.64 m Up 4,568' Down 1392.44 m Down

Big Bea…, CA
Favorite Sign Marking the Heaps Peak Arboretum
Easy

Heaps Peak Arboretum Sequoia Loop

0.7 mi 1.1 km 88' Up 26.97 m Up 88' Down 26.85 m Down

Running…, CA
Favorite View from San Bernadino Trail
Difficult

San Bernadino Peak via Angelus Oak

16.3 mi 26.2 km 4,609' Up 1404.77 m Up 4,632' Down 1411.9 m Down

Big Bea…, CA
Favorite Pine tree placard
Intermediate

Big Bear - Champion Lodgepole Pine & Bluff Lake

0.5 mi 0.9 km 3' Up 1.04 m Up 97' Down 29.61 m Down

Big Bea…, CA
Favorite The hike heads up a wash on a path of round stones, making the route somewhat technical for the 1 mile distance.
Easy/Intermediate

Bonita Falls Trail

1.5 mi 2.4 km 374' Up 114.11 m Up 374' Down 113.92 m Down

Mount B…, CA

San Bernadino National Forest Running

  • 707 Miles 1,138 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 14 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 52 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 17 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in San Bernadino National Forest - 74

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3.6 mi 5.7 km #1Pine Knot Trail 1E01
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA 21 
7.4 mi 12.0 km #2Cucamonga Peak Trail #7W04
Difficult
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Difficult
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 17 
15.1 mi 24.3 km #3Skyline Trail
Intermediate
Big Bear City, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear City, CA
8.1 mi 13.1 km #4Vivian Creek Trail
Difficult
Banning, CA
Difficult
Banning, CA 11 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #5Jenks Lake Trail #1E20
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA
10.7 mi 17.3 km #6Santa Ana River Trail (SART) 2E03 Glass Road to Middle Control…
Intermediate
Big Bear City, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear City, CA
112.4 mi 181.0 km #7PCT: Highway 15 to Agua Dulce
Intermediate/Difficult
Fontana, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Fontana, CA
6.2 mi 10.1 km #8South Fork Trail #1E04
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA
Intermediate
Big Bear Lake, CA
2.8 mi 4.6 km #9Lower Workout
Intermediate
Mentone, CA
Intermediate
Mentone, CA
16.7 mi 26.8 km #10San Bernardino Peak Trail #1W07
Difficult
Big Bear Lake, CA
Difficult
Big Bear Lake, CA 10 

Photos of San Bernadino National Forest - 128

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Summit of Mt. San Antonio facing south-east.
Aug 5, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
Set at the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Mountains, the trail to Bonita Falls is a short distance from the metropolitan Southern California area but feels much more distant.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
The hike heads up a wash on a path of round stones, making the route somewhat technical for the 1 mile distance.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
Cascading down around 100', Bonita Falls marks the climax of the hike into the canyons of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
Reaching the base of Bonita Falls following a 1 mile hike with 350' in elevation gain.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
A thicket of green trees in a mostly dry wash marks the turn up into the narrow canyon.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mount B…, CA
Several of the hot springs pools, each at varying temperatures, in the rocks at Deep Creek Hot Springs.
Apr 11, 2022 near Lake Ar…, CA
One of the warm soaking pools, set just beside the creek's edge.
Apr 11, 2022 near Lake Ar…, CA