WEEKEND CAMPING TRIP IN SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST

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SUMMARY
WHY SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST?

San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) is one of the most diverse places in the country when it comes to plants & wildlife, partly because its elevation ranges from 2,000 to 11,500+ feet (on Mount San Gorgonio, the highest peak in SoCal). It's home to the tallest waterfalls in the region: Big Falls & Bonita Falls, and every year, SBNF receives more visitors than either Yosemite or Yellowstone National Parks. NBD.
 

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3-day car camping trip

Friends & first-time campers

Chill & fun

$

2 hours from LA

April - September

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Welcome at camp & on trails!

EACH CAMPSITE COMES WITH:

- A picnic table

- A fire pit & grill

- Space for up to 8 people

- Two parking spots
- Food storage locker
- Trash collection (on site)

- Restrooms (on site)

CAMP

SBNF has eight wilderness areas: San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, San Gorgonio, Cucamonga, Bighorn Mountain, Cahuilla Mountain, South Fork San Jacinto, and Sheep Mountain.

STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW

There's an $8 nightly fee for parking additional cars at your campsite

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Hanna Flat Campground is 7,000 feet above sea level. Drink plenty of water & spend some time acclimatizing to avoid altitude sickness symptoms. 

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Pack your sunscreen and a jacket because temperatures drastically change from morning to night. It can be windy too!

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Wear face masks, socially distance, and tread lightly!

 

ITINERARY

DAY ONE
LEAVE LA BY 11 AM & GRAB LUNCH AT NORTH SHORE CAFE

- Diners love their pastrami sandwich & fresh ingredients! 
- Located at 39226 N. Shore Drive in Fawnskin

- Open Friday - Sunday| 8 AM - 5 PM

LAST PIT STOP · Valero - 32755 CA-18 in Running Springs
 

CHECK IN & SETTLE IN AT HANNA FLAT CAMPGROUND

- Set up camp, wander around the campground & relax

 

COOK UP DINNER & S'MORES

- Prep dinner, s'mores & enjoy an evening of drinking & stargazing

DAY TWO
GET AN EARLY START, GRAB BREKKIE, AND HIKE GRAYS PEAK TRAIL

- This is an 11.3 mile round-trip hike, with 1,479 ft. of elevation gain, that starts at Hanna Flat campground and reaches the top of Grays Peak. Feel free to cut the hike short at anytime, or hike the 9.1 mile round-trip Hanna Flat Campground Trail.

 

- Aim to leave before 9 AM because afternoon temperatures can get pretty hot during the summer

- Pack a daypack with a late lunch, snacks, sunscreen, sunhat, bug spray & plenty of water

- From Hanna Flat Trailhead (found within the campground), hike along Hanna Flat Trail for about 3.5 miles

- Briefly walk along Forest Road 2N70 before reaching Grays Peak Trail. It's a steady climb to Grays Peak. Enjoy the views & an afternoon lunch!

    

RETURN TO CAMP  & UNWIND

- Clean up, prep a delicious meal & warm up with your favorite hot bevvie.
- Roast up s'mores & soak up your last night in San Bernardino NF!

DAY THREE
PACK UP & CHECK OUT BEFORE NOON

👀 Cook up brekkie, clean up around camp & throw away any random pieces of litter

HEAD HOME!
 

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ESSENTIALS
CLOTHING
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FRIDAY

Dinner

CAMPFIRE MAC N' CHEESE

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Vegetarian recipes

Dessert

S'MORES

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Gluten-free recipes

FOOD

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LAST UPDATED: May 14, 2021

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