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San Bernardino National Forest

San Bernardino, CA 92408-2607
+1 909-382-2600
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San Bernardino Mountains

Great place to travel for a day or visit for a week. Many beautiful sites to see. Lots of fishing... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2016
Mark M
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L

We took the drive from San Bernardino up to Big Bear Lake. It's a BEAUTIFUL drive! The long drive... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2016
DavidBLasVegas
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Las Vegas
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This region encompasses 660,000 acres of the San Bernadino Mountains with elevations ranging from 1,000 feet to the highest at Mount San Gorgonio at 11,502 feet.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“big bear lake” (18 reviews)
“lake arrowhead” (12 reviews)
“get away” (7 reviews)
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San Bernardino, CA 92408-2607
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Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Great place to travel for a day or visit for a week. Many beautiful sites to see. Lots of fishing and camping in the mountains. Can rent boats at the different lakes. Great for daily family trip. Kids love it.

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

We took the drive from San Bernardino up to Big Bear Lake. It's a BEAUTIFUL drive! The long drive is, at points, slow and full of hairpin turns. That said, there are plenty of turnouts to stop and take pictures.

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Reviewed 5 March 2016

After a string of 90 plus degree days, I thought I needed a change. Coming from Palm Springs there is two ways to enter. With Lake Arrowhead has my destination, I chose to go up the west side on SH 18 and down the east...More

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Reviewed 29 February 2016

Drove the Rim of the World Scenic Highway. Lots of curves and switchbacks. The panoramic views were quite impressive. By the time I arrived at Big Bear Lake, the temperature had dropped approximately 15 degrees, very refreshing.

Thank genyit
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

There's lots to see and do in the San Berdo National Forest. From hiking to biking, motorcycling and boating. All ages and all stages of life enjoy this area. Beautiful views and breathtaking landscape. If you're looking for a few hours of peace and solitude...More

Thank Becky T
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Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Hundreds of thousands of forested acres, snow capped peaks over 10,000 feet, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, lakes, falls, creeks, hot springs, all within a hundred miles of an urban population of 5 million people and it still feels like a retreat in the...More

Thank Mike K
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

If you're truly an outdoor person who enjoys hiking, than this is definitely the place to visit. The mountains are breath taking, and its surrounding communities offers a mixture of different cabin spaces. In the winter the mountains are filed with snow. If you enjoy...More

Thank cpagan696
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Reviewed 26 November 2015

A perfect place to go any day, many lakes to choose from. Lake Gregory, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, Silverwood Lake. A lot of picnics areas surrounded by trees. A lot of small but beautiful villages were you can eat, have a nice dinner or just...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

My husband and I are frequent visitors to big bear and the surrounding communities as we have a cabin there. We visit at least once a month. Even if you don't have a cabin some of the most relaxing places with the best scenery is...More

1  Thank Elizabeth L
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

We recently made our first trek into San Bernardino National Forest. The drive up was gorgeous! It was a refreshing change of scenery from our usual dirt and palm trees in San Diego. The weather was fantastic. Nice and cool. We spent the day in...More

Thank Brandy J
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aileensgems
6 March 2017|
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Response from John M |
Please contact the local chamber of commerce in Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead or Idyllwild. The Forest Service does not have rental cabins on the San Bernardino.
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Jorge A
6 March 2017|
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Response from kedalion1 | Reviewed this property |
There are weather websites that have snow cover maps that you can see where there is snow. Try googling snow cover map. I just did, and it looked like there was very little in the SB Mountains. You might be able to get... More
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msbunburyist
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Response from ABEJOURNEYS | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot os spots on your way up to the mountain, but I really recomend you to go to the Arrowhead Lake Village that a beautiful place to spend the day end one of my favorites. Enjoy your day
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