The San Bernardino National Forest, an area that covers 811,571 acres of wild territory, is home to many camping locations. Some sites, such as Barton Flats and Big Bear Lake Recreation Area, are more family friendly and provide running water. These locations are family friendly and are popular tourist spots. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation away from city life but not away from people, these are great spots to visit! However, if you are looking for a more secluded spot to camp, Bear Creek Campground is right up your alley!
Hidden in the forest is a small crevice in the mountain scape called Bear Creek. The Santa Ana river runs freely in this miniature valley of sand and boulders. The only way to get to this spot is a long dirt road that is only friendly to off-road vehicles. While people regularly visit this spot in off-road vehicles and camp, it is important to mention that Bear Creek Campground does not have any bathrooms or running water, just you and the great outdoors. One side of the valley is split by the Santa Ana river and a sign indicates that wild trout fish swim in this stream. The water is soft but runs cold and is surrounded by brush and large boulders. Fishing is allowed in this stream; the only rule is no barbed hooks (And I think a two fish limit).
Since this area is so wild and brushy, campfires are prohibited. If you plan on staying here, heed my warning. It is VERY sandy and rocky here. If you do not have the right vehicle for off-road terrain, your car will get stuck. Do not come here in a vehicle that is not suitable for off-roading.
Since this campsite is in the forest, be sure to properly handle your food.
Bear Creek Campground is an enjoyable and relaxing campground to visit in the summertime. The weather is nice and is a great place to get out and get in tune with nature.
Overall Rating: 8/10
- Picturesque scenery
- Right next to the Santa Ana river
- Fishing is allowed, just no barbed hooks
- No running water or restrooms
- Hard/Dangerous to get to
- Sandy/Rocky, Vehicles not built for off roading WILL get stuck
- No campfires allowed