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San Gorgonio Campground

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 34.174440 / Longitude: -116.866390

San Gorgonio Camping Guide Continued

San Gorgonio campground has 49 single family campsites & five double campsites which can accommodate two vehicles & 16 campers. Not all sites can be reserved. Many of the sites are accessible. The following facilities are available at the campground: picnicking drinking water RV Sites Restrooms and developed Showers. There is a 40-foot maximum RV length. No campfires or charcoal fires, only camp stoves allowed for cooking. two day minimum stay on the weekends & a three day minimum stay on holiday weekends.

Location – Directions

In Big Bear City, CA, at the intersection of Greenspot Rd. and Big Bear Blvd., take Greenspot Rd. (State Rt. 38) south 20.2 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground.

From I-10, take the Alabama exit in Redlands to CA 38, & go 18 miles northeast

Ranger District Office
San Gorgonio
34701 Mill Creek Rd.
Mentone, California 92359
909-794-1123

General Information

SEASONS
Open May 13 through October 17

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $20 per day - single
$40 per day - double

NOTE: $2 per day additional on holidays.
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 54
Total Sites: 54

Tent Pads: No
Group Tent Sites: Yes
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 54
No. Grilles on Sites: 54

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
Group RV Sites: Yes
No. RV Pull Throughs: 3
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 48'

The parking aprons are paved. An RV waste station with potable water, is available for a fee at Barton Flats campground (Forest Service) 0.6 miles west on State Rt. 38.

FACILITIES
Vaults: No
Flush Toilets: Yes
Hot Showers: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes
Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 14
No. Threaded: 0

HIKING
Rio Monte Trail #1E28 (foot) - 2.5 miles

FISHING - No

Points of Interest
Oak Glen

Winter, spring, summer or fall, Oak Glen is one of Southern California's most scenic spots. The cool mile-high climate provides a beautiful change of seasons, unsurpassed in the area. Apple orchards cover the slopes laden with blossoms in the Spring and apples in the Fall. The scenery is more like New England, and only 90 minutes from Los Angeles on the way to Palm Springs.

Oak Glen offers clean family fun in every season. Visit orchards, taste mountain-fresh apples and cider, enjoy hot apple pie at one of the several family restaurants, feed the animals in the animal parks, or browse through some of the many specialty shops in the Glen. RV facilities as well as camping and group accommodations are available. During the fall season, at a few ranches you can pick your own apples, make your own cider or maybe enjoy country music and dancing. You can visit the one-room schoolhouse, take a hayride, or a nature walk.

Hiking

San Gorgonio Wilderness Hike Moderate and Difficult Trails
Points of Interest: pine and fir forests, lush subalpine meadows, sparkling streams, placid lakes, wildlife (particularly deer, bighorn sheep and black bears). Look for Dollar Lake, Dry Lake, San Gorgonio Peak, San Bernardino Peak, Fish Creek, and Aspen Grove. Popular Wilderness trailheads are South Fork, Aspen Grove, Fish Creek, Forsee Creek, San Bernardino Peak, Momyer, and Vivian Creek. You can hike for a couple of hours or for a week. Be sure to get advice from Forest Service staff while planning your trip. There are no easy trails in the Wilderness! In picking a trail, be sure you watch the elevation gains that will be made on the hike. The most popular route is from South Fork Trail, climbing 4,700 feet to the top of San Gorgonio. Round trip is 21.5 miles. It's recommended as a 2-day (or longer) hike. The steepest but shortest route to San Gorgonio is from the Vivian Creek Trailhead near Forest Falls: 15.6 miles round trip with a 5,300 feet elevation gain.

Permits: free Wilderness permit and Adventure Pass. Permits can be obtained in person at the Mill Creek Ranger Station, Barton Flats Visitor Center (summer only), and the Big Bear Discovery Center. You can request a permit application by mail or fax up to three months in advance. Permits are issued on a quota basis. When the daily quota for a trailhead has been filled, no additional permits will be issued for that area. Trailheads: Most of the trailheads are in the Barton Flats area. Pick up a description of the trails at the Ranger Station.

Big Bear Lake

Boating
Boating is permitted on Big Bear Lake. All types of boating activity are allowed including: water skiing, sailing, fishing, personal watercraft, float tubes, kayaking, canoeing and sailboarding. The maximum boat length is 26', and all vessels must have a boat permit for Big Bear Lake. Privately owned boats can be launched or you can rent one from a local marina. The District has two public launch ramps on the North shore of the Lake where there is no cost for launching. Click above for the rules and regulations specific to Big Bear Lake.

Fishing
Big Bear Lake is a premiere rainbow trout fishery and also boasts a good population of largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. The Lake is stocked regularly throughout the year by the California Department of Fish and Game. The Fishing Association of Big Bear Lake and the October Troutfest also stock trout in conjunction with their annual fishing tournaments. Additionally, the District cage raises approximately 1000 trophy trout to be planted each spring in order to augment the fish numbers.

Swimming
Swimming is allowed within 50' of the shore, unless otherwise posted. There is a designated swim beach at Meadow Park run through Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District

Marinas
There are a number of private marinas on Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear Marina (909) 866-3218
Offers the best mountain lake fishing and water sport adventures in Southern California. You may choose to cruise the lake in one of our comfortable pontoon boats that can accommodate up to 12 people, or spend the day fishing for rainbow trout, bass, catfish or panfish from our outboard fishing boats. For those looking for the wilder side, we have jet skis, water skiing and wake boarding available, or you can get a good workout plying the waters of Big Bear Lake in a pedal boat, canoe or kayak. Our facility has a launch ramp, slip rentals and we sell fishing licenses, bait, tackle, beer, soda, snacks and gift items. Big Bear Marina is home of the Big Bear Queen lake tours as well as professional fishing guide services to ensure a memorable day on the lake. We have ample parking and welcome large coaches and buses. Big Bear Marina is open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset from April to November, weather permitting. Located near the Village at 500 Paine Road at Lakeview Drive.

Pine Knot Landing (909) 866-7766
Pine Knot Landing is a full service marina located at the foot of the village on Pine Knot Ave. We offer rentals of fishing boats, pontoon boats, speed boats, canoes, and kayaks. We offer parasailing, waterskiing, and jet skiing. We have slip and mooring buoys for rent, we sell gas and have a complete marine hardware and repair facility including boat sales.

Pleasure Point Marina (909) 866-6463
Pontoon boats, canoes and pedal boat rentals. Lake permits, fishing licenses and supplies available. Open 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, May to November, otherwise as weather and lake conditions permit. Suzuki authorized repairs. Premier and Voyager Pontoon dealer. Winter boat storage available. 603 Landlock Landing Road.

Halloway's Marina & RV Park (800) 448-5335

North Shore Landing (909) 878-4386

Big Bear Museum

Big Bear's storied mining past, where Southern California's largest gold rush unfolded, is well represented at the Big Bear Museum. There is an array of equipment that came directly from the local mines and mining towns such as Dolbe, Holcomb Valley and Belleville. Big Bear Historical Museum, open weekends May through October, offers a walk through the colorful and romantic history of Big Bear. It is located just east of the airport in the Big Bear City Park on Greenway Drive.

Big Bear Discovery Center

The Big Bear Discovery Center is your gateway to adventure and discovery in the great outdoors. The Center is an educational and informational portal to the San Bernardino National Forest and is located within the heart of the Big Bear Valley. The Center is located in Fawnskin on HWY 38/North Shore Drive (909/866-3437). This information center is run by the Forest Service and is the center for information on the use of the surrounding National Forest. Exhibits at the discovery center offer information about every aspect of our natural wonderland. The gift shop has excellent hiking and biking maps and books on local flowers, trees and animals. Much information about hiking is available free at the Discovery Center.

Our services include:

  • Adventure Passes
  • Hiking and biking maps
  • Camping information
  • Maps of forest roads and off-highway vehicle adventures
  • Forest Service permits
  • Naturalist-led interpretive programs and events
  • Customized group tours and events for private parties and school groups
Big Bear Zoon / Moonridge Animal Park

The Big Bear Zoo / Moonridge Animal Park is one of the few places in the world where you can see the ultra-endangered snow leopard, and many other animals including the Canadian lynx, bobcat, mountain lions, foxes, bison, mule deer, bald eagles, snakes and black and grizzly bears. Admission is $9 per person. Seniors and children 3 to 10 get in for $6, and children under 3 are free. You can find the Moonridge Animal Park at 43285 Goldmine Drive across from Bear Mountain Ski Resort.