Activities

San Bernardino California has moderate temperature's year-round and makes the city a great place for outdoor activities such as skiing, fishing, hiking and biking . Enjoy the scenic 30-40 minute drive to mountain resorts like Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear.

San Bernardino City and County Parks

San Bernardino City Park & Recreation operates 20 parks within the City with varying public facilities.

San Bernardino County Regional Parks operates 10 public facilities offering camping, fishing, boating, trap & skeet, swimming facilities, and water slides. Beautiful recreational lakes and picnic areas await those planning pleasant, relaxing family outings.

Mountain Resorts

Local mountain resorts offer a real taste of the great outdoors. Lake Gregory, Lake Silverwood, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake show off the serene beauty of the Inland Empire with four seasons of fun including water sports, winter skiing at local ski resorts and ice skating at one of the world's most beautiful outdoor skating rinks.

Camping/Hiking

San Bernardino is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. You'll find camping, hiking trails, fishing, swimming, bicycling and designated areas for off-road vehicles.

For an interesting side-trip from Lake Arrowhead, visit the Indian mortars near one of the ranger stations on Highway 173. Substantial archeological evidence indicates that Native Americans inhabited this site seasonally for more than 4000 years! Or, take a trip through Holcomb Valley where the gold rush started in the late 1800s.

  • For more information on the National Forest regulations, or availability and usage fees call the San Bernardino National Forest at (909) 383-5588.

Trails

One of San Bernardino's greatest features is its proximity to the mountains, deserts and valleys. For the experienced hiker, the best adventures await along the miles of trails that wind through the area's varied terrain. Hiking trails for the inexperienced hiker are plentiful as well, offering visitors with families a less strenuous adventure.

For wilderness hiking, a permit is required and may be obtained at one of the Ranger District Offices.

Remember Your Adventure Pass...
All visitors are required to display the Pass in their vehicle when parked on National Forest land for recreation purposes. The Pass is available in two forms: a daily pass for $5.00 and an annual pass good for one year from the month of purchase for $30.00. Passes are available at Forest Service offices, and a variety of local vendors. Call your nearest Forest Service office for the vendor nearest to you.

For information contact one of the following offices:

  • Arrowhead Ranger Station in Lake Arrowhead (909) 337-2444

  • Big Bear Discovery in Big Bear Lake (909) 866-3437

  • Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 887-2576

  • Mill Creek Ranger Station in Mentone (909) 794-1123

  • U.S. Forest Service in Idyllwild (909) 659-2117

Trails to try

  • Cactus Spring Trail: A high desert trail winds through the Santa Rosa Wilderness, descending into Horsethief Creek and across the sloping pinon-covered eastern flank of Santa Rosa Mountain. Trail head is next to Riverside County Transfer Station on Forest Road 7S09.

  • Devil's Slide Trail: Moderately difficult trail from Humber Park (about 2 1/2 miles north of Idyllwild Forest Ranger Station) to Saddle Junction, where the Pacific Crest Trail intersects it.
    For more information, call (909) 659-2117.

  • Fuller Ridge Trail: A moderate to strenuous 7.5-mile hike to San Jacinto Peak, following the timbered ridge above Snow Creek along a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
    For more information, call (909) 659-2117.

  • Hike Inn to Inn: Hikes of various lengths through the forested San Bernardino Mountains to quaint bed-and-breakfast inns and lodges.
    For more information, call (909) 867-9636.

  • Pacific Crest Trail: A portion of the trail winds through the Arrowhead Ranger District in the San Bernardino National Forest. Beginning near Cleghorn Mountain, the Pacific Crest Trail crosses State Highway 138, winds through the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, past Mojave River Dam, and ascends parallel to Deep Creek to Splinter's Cabin above Cedar Glen. From there, the trail continues toward Big Bear Lake before leaving the district several miles northeast of Crab Flats Campground, a distance of 40 miles.
    For more information, call (909) 337-2444.

  • San Gorgonio Mountains: This strenuous, 15.6-mile hike through the San Gorgonio Wilderness in the San Bernardino Mountains is worth the effort as it puts you on a boulder pile marking the highest point in Southern California. Take the southern approach by way of Vivian Creek Trail where pines, firs and cedars surround you and bracken fern, which turns a flaming yellow after the first October frost, smothers the creek banks. Summit trail camp is available to backpackers. Permit is required for both day hiking and backpacking. Get permits at the Mill Creek ranger station at Mill Creek Road (Hwy. 38) and Bryant Street, east of the town of Mentone. Best hiking is April through November. Elevation gain is 5,700 ft. High point is 11,499 ft. Use Forest Service San Gorgonio Wilderness top map.
    For more information, call (909) 794-1123

  • Seven Pines Trail: A moderately difficult trail that follows the North Fork of the San Jacinto River to its headwater. Drive through Dark Canyon campground to the trailhead. For more information, call (909) 659-2117.

  • South Ridge Trail: A moderately difficult 3.6-mile hike to the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout. Directions to the trailhead are available at the San Jacinto Ranger Station. For more information, call (909) 659-2117.

Easy hikes for the entire family

Do your family members love nature but can't endure the strenuous hiking trials to the more picturesque places? There are four local trails that will please your family's cravings for nature and they won't have to strain to enjoy it.

  • Children's Forest: The National Children's Forest, a 1/2-mile self-guided and paved trail that's handicapped-accessible, off Highway 18 at Keller Peak Road, east of Running Springs, San Bernardino Mountains. For more information, call (909) 337-2444.

  • Heaps Peak Arboretum: A 0.7-mile, self-guided trail that winds through the forest, three-quarters of a mile east of Santa's Village, off Highway 18.
    For more information, call (909) 337-2444.

  • Idyllwild Park Nature Center: Trails, interpretive exhibits and programs, 1 mile northwest of Idyllwild on Highway 243. For more information, call (909) 659-3850.

  • Indian Rock Trail: Easy 1/2-mile hike that begins immediately east of Rock Camp Station of Highway 173, west of Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino Mountains. For more information, call (909) 337-2444.

Biking

Bicycles may be ridden on all roads and most non-wilderness trails within the San Jacinto Mountains. Bicycles are NOT ALLOWED within the Wilderness, on the Pacific Crest Trail, or through Research Natural Areas (RNA's). Riding cross-country off established roads or trails is discouraged.

Remember Your Adventure Pass...
All visitors are required to display the Pass in their vehicle when parked on National Forest land for recreation purposes. The Pass is available in two forms: a daily pass for $5.00 and an annual pass good for one year from the month of purchase for $30.00. Passes are available at Forest Service offices, and a variety of local vendors. Call your nearest Forest Service office for the vendor nearest to you.

For information contact one of the following offices:

  • Arrowhead Ranger Station in Lake Arrowhead (909) 337-2444

  • Big Bear Discovery in Big Bear Lake (909) 866-3437

  • Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 887-2576

  • Mill Creek Ranger Station in Mentone (909) 794-1123

  • U.S. Forest Service in Idyllwild (909) 659-2117

Bike Routes to Try...

  • Forest Falls route: Starting at the Mill Creek Ranger Station on Route 38 heading into the San Bernardino National Forest, riders gain more than 3,000 feet in elevation by the time they reach the turnaround point 10.4 miles later at the Big Falls Trailhead. The easy glide back down takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Lake Gregory route: A short and sweet ride along the 2.5 mile perimeter of Lake Gregory that only takes about 10 minutes. Uncongested and beautiful.

  • Lytle Creek route: Starting at Glen Helen Regional Park on Devore Road, the course follows a relatively flat first 4.2 miles, then a gradual climb for 7.2 miles along Lytle Creek Road. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to go up to the Apple White Campground and about 40 minutes to come back down.

  • Oak Glen route: This ride, which starts and finishes at the corner of Cherry Valley Boulevard and Beaumont Avenue in Cherry Valley, is part of the course ridden by the pros and top amateurs in the Redlands Bicycle Classic. It features one of the meanest climbs in the Inland Empire, a 2,100 foot ascent over 6.2 miles from Cherry Valley into Oak Glen.

Boating

Moabi Regional Park is the where you can enjoy boating in small or medium-size water craft. The park has a 7-lane boat launch - the largest launch between Parker Dam and Lake Havasu, AZ.

Boats may also be rented through Pirate Cove Resort & Marina, Inc .

Kayaks and canoes may also be rented at Moabi through Jerkwater Kayak & Canoe .

Pedal Boats and Aqua Cycles

Pedal Boats and Aqua Cycles may be rented during the summer at the following parks:

  • Cucamonga Guasti
  • Lake Gregory
  • Prado
  • Yucaipa

Fees for rentals vary.

Kayaks and Canoes

You may enjoy kayaking and canoeing at the following parks:

Lake Gregory
Moabi
Prado

Kayaks and canoes may be rented at:

Happy Sailing, Lake Gregory, Crestline
Jerkwater Kayak & Canoe, (Moabi) Needles
Express Ride Rentals, (Prado) Chino

Fees: If you have your own kayak and canoe you may launch at the Lake Gregory Boat House.

FEE : $10 per launch or $100 for season pass.

Prado Regional Park Launch Fee: $2.00

Moabi Regional Park - No Launch Fee

Fishing

The San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department has multiple fishing options throughout the County. From Junior Fishing Workshops to Trout Derbies, Regional Parks can meet the needs of the beginner to advanced angler.

Fishing is available at the following Parks:

Cucamonga-Guasti, Glen Helen, Mojave Narrows, Prado, and Yuciapa Regional Parks are stocked by San Bernardino County and the Department of Fish and Game.

A state fishing license is required to fish at the Regional Parks. State licenses may be purchased online at the California Department of Fish and Game or sporting goods stores such as Bass Pro Shops and Big 5

Active Outdoors

Fishing Workshops

Want to fish, but don't know how?

Know the sport, but want to know more?

Regional Parks invites you to participate in their award winning and nationally recognized Fishing Workshops. Whether you are a first time fisherman or already know the sport but would like a few extra tips, this program is for YOU!

Participants begin the morning by traveling through stations lead by volunteer fishing specialists to learn the basic fundamentals of lake shore fishing. These stations include knot tying, casting, cleaning, cooking and more. Immediately following the educational stations participants can choose to partake in a two hour open fishing session where all tackle and equipment is provided.

Regional Parks offers two programs, our Junior Fishing Workshop for children ages 7 to 15 years old and our Adult Fishing Workshop for those participants 16 years of age or older.

Fees:

Junior Fishing Workshop

$8.00 per child paid in advance of the class

$10.00 per vehicle paid at park gate upon arrival (if applicable)

Child must be accompanied by chaperon.

Adult Fishing Workshop

$10.00 per participant paid in advance of the class

$10.00 per vehicle paid at park gate upon arrival (if applicable)

California State Fishing License is required

Environmental Science Day Camp

The Environmental Science Day Camp offers 4th and 5th grade students an opportunity to learn about geology, biology, botany, environmental stewardship and the Serrano Indians on a first-hand basis.

Held at Yucaipa Regional Park the science camp enhances the San Bernardino County school curriculum.

The program is only open to elementary schools and not to the general public.

To schedule a class trip for the Environmental Science Day Camp contact (909) 387-2461 or email kstevens@parks.sbcounty.gov .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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