Date Received: 1/2015

Region = 11, 14

Submitted By = Linda Smerber

Campground = Heart Bar Campground
Location = HWY 38 FOREST SERVICE RD 1N02 CA (Big Bear and other small mountain towns nearby)

Type = Public

Potable Water Available = yes
Horse Water Available = yes
Telephone = yes
Restroom = yes
Showers = yes
Firepits = yes
Picnic tables = yes
Bear Proof Containers = n/a
Camp Host = yes
Corrals = yes
High ties = no
Store = 10 miles
Trailer Access = 3 - 7 (1/easy - 10/difficult)
Trailer Parking = 3 - 5 (1/easy - 10/difficult)
Trails Level = 1 to 10 (1/easy - 10/difficult)
Rider Level = 1 to 10 (1/beginner - 10/very experianced)

Dogs allowed in camp = yes
Dogs allowed on trails = no

Other Info =
OPEN: May 15 to Sept 27
Reservations can be made Fri Jan 30 2015 - Wed Jul 29 2015 Reservations must be made 1 Day(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.
Fee = yes, varies, see website/call
Reservations Required = yes
Reserve Through = www.reserveamerica.com
Contact Phone = (909)866-8550

More Info:
From I-10 in San Bernardino, take the Alabama exit in the city of Redlands to Lugonia Avenue (State Highway 38). Travel northeast on Highway 38 for approximately 30 miles to Forest Route IN02. Continue less than a mile to the campground (on your right).

The Heart Bar Campground provides access to some of southern California's greatest backcountry horseback riding trails, as well as a nice play to experience nature. Some trails may scare those afraid of heights (keep the silly horses off of these trails too, please). The Santa Ana trail has water and fish can be seen jumping through the streams. I have ridden with a few people that were "worried" about the narrow mountainside trails found on in particular area, but I haven't been worried about riding any of my horses through here.

Natural Features:
The campground is nestled among pine-covered mountains, at an elevation of 6,880 feet--Can be cold at night, even during the summer. It is not far from Big Bear Lake, but far enough to retain a remote and secluded atmosphere. Many mature trees provide some shade to the area, but understory is limited, leaving campsites with little privacy in some places.

A variety of backcountry horseback riding trails can be found near the campground, including the famed Santa Ana River Trail, which provides miles of scenic mountain views and points of exploration: bring a camera, some are breathtakingly beautiful.

The Wildhorse Creek Trail has 5 miles of rolling terrain in the area, is accessed just north of the campground and leads to a remote camping area south of Wildhorse Meadow. It climbs nearly 1,100 feet in elevation and is moderately difficult. Creek fishing is also available nearby.

The campground offers multiple single, double and accessible campsites, available for tent and RV camping. While there are no hookups available at the campground, a dump station with potable water is available nearby. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Firewood is available for purchase at the campground.

Nearby Attractions:
Big Bear Lake and its adjoining town are located approximately 20 miles from the campground with restaurants and shopping in a quaint mountain town.

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