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Address: San Bernardino, CA
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This region encompasses 660,000 acres of the San Bernadino Mountains with...

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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Urban Alpine.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mike K
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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596 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 Swiss Alps. Mountain climb, fish, paddle, camp, ski, the options are limitless and affordable.

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San Bernardino, California
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 skiing than you're definitely in the right place. The local communities offer fine food, clean... More 

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San Bernardino, California
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 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 walk. There is a few hotel if you are thinking to stay for a few... More 

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Thank ABEJOURNEYS
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 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 there.

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1 Thank Elizabeth L
San Diego, California
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 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 Big Bear and hit up Big Falls on our way out. The mountains were even... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Amazing hike, different levels and trails to suit your hiking needs. The view from the top of St. Jacinto is amazing, and well worth the strenuous incline that it takes to reach it. Leave early and bring plenty of water.

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Thank Jackie R
Highland, California
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

There are a lot of things to do in the San Bernardino National Forest. A lot of people enjoy the hiking, camping, and fishing. Big Bear has a zoo that I really enjoy going to with my grandchildren. They have a great Discovery Center and local history displays. The town is nice to walk around and not too big. I... More 

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Thank Joyce L
Highland, California
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105 reviews
81 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

We love this National Forest! Lots of hikes and campgrounds. Dogwood campground is a great place especially when the trees are in bloom.

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Thank Dave E
Plano, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Beautiful! Loved Big Bear Lake area! The Big Bear Lake Brewing was so good and the beers were great. The overall scenery was lovely!

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Washington, D.C.
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41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

Easy path through forest, meadows of honeysuckle and sage and along Big Bear Lake. Twisted, ancient pines host birds. Lots of little lizards and some rabbits. Good for biking or walking. Starts across the street from the observatory, towards Fawnskin.

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