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Pineknot Campground San Bernardino National Forest California

Pineknot Overview

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Pineknot Campground has 47 campsites for tents, trailers and small RVs (up to 26 feet) in two loops at the base of Snow Summit Ski Resort Mountain.  Campsites accommodate up to 2 vehicles and 8 people per site. It is a popular basecamp for mountain biking on the slopes of Snow Summit. Each campsite has a paved parking spur, food storage locker, table, fire ring and grill. The campground has drinking water and flush toilets. Firewood is also available for sale at the campground. A dump station is also located across the the lake at Serrano campground that registered Pineknot campers can use.

The Team Bear Mountain Bike Center is also at Snow Summit. It offers mountain bike rentals and repairs. The Center also holds organized competitive races (downhill and cross-country) for amateur and professional mountain bikers.

Obviously this is a great basecamp to ride mountain bikes,  as well as hike, horseback ridge, rock climb, picnic, check out the town of Big Bear Lake, or just kick back under the big trees.

A few other campgrounds in the area are: Hanna FlatSerrano, Big Pine Flat and Holcomb Valley.

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  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Rentals
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Wood
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
42003 Pineknot Campground Road S.
Big Bear, California 92314
909 866-8550
Lat / Long:

34.23528, -116.88306

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Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

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Pineknot Comments & Reviews

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19 Comments on “Pineknot”

  1. Does pine Knot campgrounds have showers

  2. Where, in the city, is a place for campers to shower???

    • Hi Linda,
      There are no public showers in Big Bear Lake that we’re aware of. Serrano Campground (across the lake from Pineknot) has showers, but only for registered campers.

    • Kevin Fishel says:

      Serrano will let you shower at their campground as long as you have a current registration at Pineknot. We have been camping at both for 20+ years

    • Michael Gemberling says:

      What is the largest size trailer Pineknot can accommodate?

      • Hi Michael,
        All campsites at Pineknot campground can accommodate trailers/RVs up to 26 feet. Each site as a limit of two vehicles and 8 people.

  3. Hello
    Looking to reserve August 17 and checkout 8/20

    Never been..

    Is there a fire ring and bbq at each site?? Which site is recommended for tent camping?

    • Hi Tanya,
      Yes the Pineknot campsites each have a table, fire ring and grate (for BBQing). There are also some food storage lockers in the campground. We recommend checking out the photos to determine good sites for tent camping, but most are good for tents. You can click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button to check availability, pricing and make a reservation. Have a great time!

  4. Lisa Freshley says:

    I have a reservation for a campsite at Pine Knot. Do I need an adventure pass?

    • Hi Lisa,
      No – an Adventure Pass is not required/needed if you have a campsite reservation at Pineknot Campground. It is needed if you park you vehicle at trailheads or travel on any of the USFS (backcountry) roads in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres or San Bernardino National Forest.

  5. Frank Ovalle says:

    Hello, going to be staying at pine knot and was wondering what is the size of the bear lockers for food storage? Are they the same dimensions as the ones in n Yosemite?

    • Hi Frank,
      Yes, the USFS food storage lockers at Pineknot campground have the same dimensions:
      The lockers measure 17 inches deep by 49 inches wide by 17 inches high (43 cm x 124 cm x 43 cm).

  6. Hello,
    What is the average size of the camping site? We have 2 large tents measuring 14’x9′ each. Thank you!

    • Hi Mike,
      I wasn’t able to confirm the average size of the campsites at Pineknot, but most do have large tent spaces that would definitely fit one and (sometimes) both of your large tents. Most of the campsite photos should give you an idea of which sites would work for both tents.

  7. Amar Shah says:

    Is the trailer measurement from the toy hitch or the body?

  8. Is the 8 person limit firm. Or can we have 9 or 10? Thanks!

    • Hi Daisy,
      Pineknot campsites permit a maximum of 2 vehicles and 8 people per campsite. Doubt the camp host / ranger will give you a hall pass if you exceed 8.

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