Summary: This is an easy inverted hike. You descend along Little Bear Creek for the entire section of the trail. You pass through some nicely wooded areas and cross the picturesque streamlet of Little Bear Creek.
We hiked this trail September 1st, and surprisingly the creek was still flowing in places.
This is a nice area to mountain bike in, as there are a lot of roads and trail that converge here, you can easily loop around or extend this hike. Some areas of the trail were a little warmer than others, but this would make for a nice place to picnic, and an easy short jot from any campground in the area.
Trailhead: Take the 30 East from the 215 in San Bernardino, or West from the 10 in Redlands. Exit Waterman and follow the road North onto the 18 Rim of The World Highway. Continue on the 18 until you reach the junction with the 173 to Lake Arrowhead. Follow the 173 around to the North Shore. It is easy, just follow the Hospital signs, then turn off on Hospital Road, and continue into the campground.
You must stop at the camp host and pay a $5 day use fee or you will be given a ticket for $25. Also make sure to display your adventure pass. (Lat:34.26776 Lon:-117.16386)
Trail Guides for Little Bear Creek:
Best Hikes With Dogs - Southern California
by Allen Riedel (Mountaineers books)
San Bernardino Mountain Trails - 100 Hikes in Southern California
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney (Olympus Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Bernardino National Forest 909-382-2600
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Tom on 9/4/2016
This is an attractive trail. There are a few sections covered by trees, but mostly it cuts through exposed chaparral hillside. We rode mountain bikes down, and in terms of steepness and rocks, I'd rate as moderate (if you're on a full suspension) to difficult (on a hard tail). However, the brush has over grown the trail, so be sure to to wear protective clothing. Two sections along the creek bottom are so overgrown you have to walk the bike for about 100yds or so each. I would ride it again, but definitely will bring my gloves and long sleeves next time.
Reviewed by Morgan M. on 2/15/2015
This hike was very pleasant, I went with my family and although the hike out is a steady downhill, it was not very hard to come back up and it is not very steep. We went around 1:00 and the trail was nice and shaded. I would highly recommend this trail, it is quite beautiful.
Reviewed by David L. on 3/22/2011
Reasonable minds can disagree - I very much enjoyed this hike and was not bothered by the fire damage. The views of the western San Bernardinos are great, and I found the hike to be very peaceful and quiet. You can see pictures and read my trip report here.
Reviewed by LadyBug on 1/29/2011
We hiked this trail in Sept. of 2010 and the dead trees up against the green foliage was spectacular. It was inspiring enough for my husband to go home and paint some beautiful paintings. The hike in is all downhill on the way in, so be prepared to have some good exercise going back up. The stream was running nicely and there were some grazing deer along the hill side.
Reviewed by T Panter on 3/25/2007
We did this hike in late March '07. The majority of this hike is through dead trees that were distroyed by the fire. Nothing worth looking at not even the creek. Beginning of the hike was ALL downhill which meant that coming back was going to be ALL uphill!! Good exercise only. We won't go back. We did find a partially eaten deer leg only, made us wonder what was lurking around the next turn.
Reviewed by steve on 9/17/2006
Trail winds through an old fire, the creek and bottoms are nice and green. Mainly this was just a nice morning exercise. It basically is a trail to nowhere. Moderately difficult. Water in the creek still flowing on sept. 17, 06.
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