The San Bernardino National Forest covers a total of 154,000 acres of protected land and 30 miles of the iconic Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The park boasts opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation, including hiking, horseback riding, cycling, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and more.
Within the San Bernardino National Forest there are eight designated wilderness areas, including San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, San Gorgonio, Cucamonga, Bighorn Mountain, Cahuilla Mountain, South Fork San Jacinto, and Sheep Mountain. It also features the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Deep Creek Hot Springs, and the Sand to Snow National Monument.
Things to do in San Bernardino National Forest
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: The tramway takes you along the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument to offer sprawling views of the Coachella Valley
- San Jacinto Peak: Soaring more than 10,000 feet, the San Jacinto Peak can be accessed both by the tramway or multiple hike trails.
- Deep Creek Hot Springs: Located in the northern Mojave Desert within the San Bernardino National Forest, the Deep Creek Hot Springs are natural, therapeutic waters a short hike from the parking lot.
- San Gorgonio Wilderness: Located in the eastern San Bernardino Mountains, San Gorgonio Mountain is a popular hike spot known for its views.
- Champion Lodgepole Pine and Bluff Lake: Hike one mile to view the world’s largest lodgepole pine. Bluff Lake Reserve is also along this trail.
Getting to San Bernardino National Forest
Take California 74 all the way to the entrance of San Bernardino National Forest. This route actually follows the first stretch of the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway, which is a 67-mile route to Banning Pass.
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