The San Bernardino National Forest is Southern California's premier year-around recreation outdoor destination. It encompasses 823,806 acres and has 25 developed campgrounds. It has a range of recreational activities and camping possibilities. Even though it is close to major metropolitan areas, it still provides relatively uncrowded trails and campgrounds throughout the year.
The San Bernardino National Forest includes eight designated wilderness areas: Cucamonga, San Gorgonio, San Jacinto, South Fork San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, Cahuilla Mountain, Sheep Mountain, and Bighorn Mountain. These areas offer numerous opportunities for hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, fishing, and just getting away from it all. Note that recreation passes and permits, such as the Adventure Pass, are required to use some recreation sites and areas, and for some facilities and services.
For hiking and bikng, the Forest has 175 trails available. One of the most popular locations is Castle Rock Trail, which is 2.6 out-and-back trail. Best condtions are from March until October, and you can bring your dog along for the hike. Another popular hike is Big Falls Trail. It's good for all skill leverls and features a beautiful waterfall as part of the view. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed.
The Forest offers numerous camping opportunities. One example is the Searrano campground. The campground is close to Big Bear Discovery Center, which has several informative exibits and a number of programs and seminars. Some sites at the Serrano campground offer a stuuning view of Snow Summit, a ski resort across Big Bear Lake. For more solitude, consider Boulder Basin campground or Wildhorse Family campground.
A number of accessible recreation opportunities are available to serve persons with disabilities. Wheelchair access is provided in many campgroundsand picnic areas. In addition two handicapped fishing piers are accessible, as well as paved trails and scenic drives.