Day Trippin’ in San Bernardino on Highway 18

A couple of weeks ago I had a client ask me where his family could Picnic for the day.  What a great question, of course I know a hand full of spots… But I froze… Wait a minute, I know the answer to this… as I stuttered through my answer, I finally remembered all of the San Bernardino National Forest turn outs on Hwy 18.

Thanks to my client, I introduce to you, the San Bernardino “Day Trippin” and camping blog.  Not only do I need the knowledge, I figured you do as well!  This morning on my drive to work I stopped at all the SB National Forest “Turn outs” that I could from Crestline to Sky Forest to point out all the perfect spots to have a picnic, day hike or even a camping trip.  It is so great to have the forest in our back yard and at 5600′ up, the air is pretty good too! If you are looking for family time, adventure or just a place to clear your thoughts, I recommend one of these locations.

Before I start, here is the website to all of San Bernardino National Forest Recreations (, including, hiking, camping, biking, fishing, etc.  I am only posting 6 stops on Hwy 18 where you can enjoy nature, but please note that there are hundreds to choose from.

Lets get started

First up is: Baylis Park:  It has a killer view of the southland you won’t want to miss!

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Crest Park:


Arrowhead Ranger Station


Switzer Park:


Heaps Peak:

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Dogwood Campground:


Don’t forget to get your adventure pass. Here is some info from the website:

Recreation Passes & Permits

Adventure and Interagency Passes

  • These passes cover standard amenity fees at day use sites such as picnic areas and trailheads.  The senior and access passes also provide a 50% discount of expanded amenity fees such as camping.  Please visit our Recreation Passes and Permits page.

Wilderness Permits

  • The San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, San Gorgonio, and Cucamonga Wilderness Areas require a free wilderness permit for dayhiking and overnight camping.  Please visit our Recreation Passes and Permits page.

Campfire Permits

  • California Campfire Permits are required on public lands in California for use of campfires, camp stoves, lanterns or open flame devices.  Campfire permits are available at the local Ranger Station and are subject to local fire restrictions.  Please visit our Recreation Passes and Permits page.


Where do I buy my permit?  Here are the locations in the Lake Arrowhead area:

Lake Arrowhead

Vendor Name City Address Phone Products
7 – Eleven #26279 Lake Arrowhead 298 Holiday Rd. Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-336-1697 Annual, Daily, Secondary
Arrowhead Welcome Center Lake Arrowhead 26816 Highway 189 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-337-7653 Daily
Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce Lake Arrowhead 28200 Hwy 189, Suite R-215 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-337-3715 Annual, Daily, Secondary
Lake Arrowhead Resort/Sbnfa Lake Arrowhead 27984 Hwy 189 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-336-1511 Daily
Mountaininfo.Com Dba Prudential Real Est Lake Arrowhead 337 State Hwy 173 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-754-97777 Annual, Daily, Secondary, Interagency Annual
Rim Of The World Interpretive Assoc. Lake Arrowhead State Hwy 18 West of Heaps Peak Transfer Station Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352 909-338-4301 Annual, Daily

Please remember to be kind to the forest. Do not litter, do not light a fire unless in a designated area with a permit, make sure to follow the signs and stay on the paths, we don’t want any lost hikers.

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